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Current division-sponsored displays

Written on: June 15th, 2015 in Exhibits Museums News

Updated: May 23, 2016

In addition to sponsoring exhibits and special programs at sites across Delaware, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs creates displays that accent different aspects of history and culture. Less formal than exhibits, these displays provide a compliment to the primary activities available at museums, historic sites, libraries, government buildings, visitor centers and other public places.

“The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016” display explores preservation work that has been conducted since Delaware’s first state capitol building was restored to its original appearance in 1976.

The display, “The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016” will be on-view through mid-April, 2017 at Dover’s Old State House.

Following is a listing of all division-sponsored displays that are currently on-view at sites across Delaware:

Thru June 30, 2016
“Called to Service: Women’s Roles During World War II”
Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave., Dover. Limited visitation hours; call 302-739-9194 before planning a visit. Free admission.

Display highlights the contributions of women serving in the army nursing corps and as nurse cadets during the Second World War.

Thru mid-April, 2017
“The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016.” The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. Free admission. 302-744-5054.

Display explores preservation work that has been conducted since Delaware’s first state capitol building was restored to its original appearance in 1976.

Circa 1840s desk and chair from the display "The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016."

Circa 1840s desk and chair from the display “The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016.”

Ongoing
“Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past.”
Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. April 1–Oct. 31: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. Nov. 1–March 31: Wed.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. 302-645-1148.

Display explores His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak, a British warship that was escorting and protecting a convoy of British and American merchant ships en route to the United States when it was capsized and lost off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798. Items on view include a photo of the salvage of DeBraak’s hull, reproductions of artifacts from the ship and a model of the vessel.

“Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past” display featuring artifacts from the shipwreck of the DeBraak and a model of the vessel.

“Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past” display featuring artifacts from the shipwreck of the DeBraak and a model of the vessel.

Ongoing
Sculpture by Charles Parks
New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. 302-323-4453.

The display features depictions of noted historical and political figures including a Minute Man, and presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. The works compliment the familiar statue of William Penn, also created by Parks, which stands in front of the Arsenal building on Market Street in New Castle.

Bust of Richard Nixon by Charles Parks. The work is currently on-display at the New Castle Court House Museum.

Bust of Richard Nixon by Charles Parks. The work is currently on-display at the New Castle Court House Museum.

Over the course of a prolific 50-plus-year career, Charles Parks created more than 500 sculptures for individuals, public parks and plazas throughout Delaware and across the United States. His numerous honors and awards include a Gold Medal for Exemplary Contributions to the Arts from the state of Delaware (1973), the Watrous Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design, the Meiselman Prize for Classical Sculpture from the National Sculpture Society, the Gold Medal from the National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition and the Tiffany Foundation Award for Creative Sculpture. In 2011, Parks and his wife donated more than 300 of the sculptor’s works to the state of Delaware including bronzes, plasters, woodworks and over 250 fiberglass works ranging in size from eight inches to nine feet from various periods in Parks’ career.

Go to the following for a listing of exhibits at the museums of the state of Delaware.

Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events.


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