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Four division staff members named Department of State Employee of the Second Quarter

Written on: October 27th, 2016 in News

In a ceremony at Dover’s Old State House on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock presented the Department of State’s 2016 Employee of the Second Quarter award to four members of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Preservation Maintenance Team: Greg Buchman, Chris Conley, Scott Hayes and James Scott.

Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock with the winners of the Department of State’s 2016 Employee of the Second Quarter award. (From left) Chris Conley, James Scott, Bullock, Greg Buchman and Scott Hayes.

Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock with the winners of the Department of State’s 2016 Employee of the Second Quarter award. (From left) Chris Conley, James Scott, Bullock, Greg Buchman and Scott Hayes.

As part of his remarks, Bullock read from the letter submitted by the division in support of the employees’ nomination for the award. As noted in the excerpt below, the letter described the actions that the four men had taken in helping to save the life of one of their co-workers:

On Wednesday, June 29th [2016] at about 3:00 p.m., a [Historical and Cultural Affairs] HCA employee collapsed at a job location. …

HCA employee Chris Conley moved to assist his fallen co-worker while James Scott called other staff members for assistance. Staff quickly confirmed that their co-worker was unresponsive with no detectable pulse, and they did not believe he was breathing. The situation was urgent and critical.

Chris Conley and Scott Hayes immediately began CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] while … Greg Buchman provided information to the 911 dispatcher. James Scott and Chris Conley traded places delivering CPR, with assistance from Scott Hayes, while all waited for the arrival of the paramedics. Staff continued CPR until the arrival of paramedics from Kent County EMS [Emergency Medical Services].

With the arrival of the paramedics, staff stepped aside while the paramedics began medical assessment and treatment. At this time, Greg Buchman …, at the request of the paramedics, sought needed personal information regarding the patient from the division office. Paramedics were successful in reviving the HCA employee and initiated transport to Bayhealth Medical Center.

On Wednesday, June 29th these … HCA colleagues saved the life of one of their co-workers. Historical and Cultural Affairs offers courses in CPR and AED [Automated External Defibrillator] certification to all staff; these team members had taken advantage of that training and were able to provide life-saving measures.

These … HCA employees worked flawlessly in a very stressful and emotional situation. Their courage, professionalism, and care are a model of all HCA employees.

The Delaware Department of State’s employee recognition program provides department employees with opportunities to be recognized for significant contributions, individual achievements and exceptional overall performance attained through their daily work and/or community service.

 

 

 


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Holiday party to take place at the John Dickinson Plantation on Dec. 4, 2016

Written on: October 27th, 2016 in EventsMuseumsNews

-Reservations required by Nov. 21, 2016-

On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion will entertain guests with a holiday gathering featuring seasonal decorations and refreshments. The event will take place in the John Dickinson Plantation’s historic mansion house located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del.

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Reservations for the holiday party are required in advance by calling 302-698-0101, followed up by sending checks totaling $35 per person to the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion, P.O. Box 1110, Dover, DE 19903, no later than Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion.

The John Dickinson Plantation was the boyhood home and country estate of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the U.S. Constitution and “Penman of the Revolution.” The plantation features Dickinson’s original 1740 brick home, reconstructed farm buildings and a log’d dwelling, surrounded by rich agricultural lands stretching down to the banks of the St. Jones River.

John Dickinson

John Dickinson

A nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the extension of knowledge about Dickinson and his historic home, the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion has been instrumental in commissioning many projects including biographies, research, events and educational films including “John Dickinson: Penman of the Revolution,” a documentary that was broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service stations.


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Division staff members lend a hand at the Delaware Veterans Home

Written on: October 26th, 2016 in NewsVolunteerism

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, seventeen Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs staff members volunteered their services at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. Activities included interacting with, and providing assistance to, veterans in playing bingo; serving lunch and then dining with residents; and planting chrysanthemums in flower beds at the site. The events were organized by Bridget Wallace, coordinator of the division’s Volunteer Program. Participating staff included Ryan Cardwell, Michael Cinque, Jackie Collins, Tammy Dayton, Susan Emory, Betsy Gant, Patricia Gerken, Gloria Henry, Vertie Lee, Dylan Lister, Desiree May, Edward McWilliams, Jan Rettig, Lynn Riley, Jim Schilling, Tim Slavin and Bridget Wallace.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs staff at the Delaware Veterans Home on Sept. 27, 2016. (From left) Tim Slavin, Jim Schilling, Jan Rettig, Gloria Henry (obscured behind Rettig), Lynn Riley, Susan Emory, Ryan Cardwell, Jackie Collins, Vertie Lee, Tammy Dayton, Desiree May, Patricia Gerken and Bridget Wallace. On the wall behind the group is the World-War-I-themed mural “The Crusaders” by Stanley Arthurs which is on-loan to the Veterans Home from the collections of the state of Delaware.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs staff at the Delaware Veterans Home on Sept. 27, 2016. (From left) Tim Slavin, Jim Schilling, Jan Rettig, Gloria Henry (obscured behind Rettig), Lynn Riley, Susan Emory, Ryan Cardwell, Jackie Collins, Vertie Lee, Tammy Dayton, Desiree May, Patricia Gerken and Bridget Wallace. On the wall behind the group is the World-War-I-themed mural “The Crusaders” by Stanley Arthurs which is on-loan to the Veterans Home from the collections of the state of Delaware.

Commenting on his experiences during the volunteer session, Edward McWilliams noted that the staff members of the Delaware Veterans Home were “very courteous and appreciative of our volunteer efforts. … It was a humbling experience for me personally to be able to provide assistance to some of the veterans in order that they could participate socially to play bingo. I believe it was a great honor for division staff to visit and engage with these brave Americans.”

Division staff members Bridget Wallace, Edward McWilliams and Michael Cinque at the Delaware Veterans Home on Sept. 29, 2016.

Division staff members Bridget Wallace, Edward McWilliams and Michael Cinque at the Delaware Veterans Home on Sept. 29, 2016.

 

 


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Carolyn Apple receives a Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award

Written on: October 26th, 2016 in CollectionsNewsVolunteerism

In a ceremony held at the Dover Downs Hotel on Oct. 19, 2016, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recognized 30 individuals and groups as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards. Carolyn Apple, a volunteer for the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Collections, Affiliates, Research and Exhibits (CARE) Team, was honored in the awards program’s Arts and Culture category for her work in rescuing, and adding to the state’s collections, more than 600 photographs taken by Dover, Del. native William D. Willis and his colleagues who served as official military photographers during service in Western Europe between 1943 and 1945.

Carolyn Apple receiving her award from Gov. Jack Markell.

Carolyn Apple receiving her award from Gov. Jack Markell.

Following is an excerpt from the paragraph on Apple’s accomplishments that appeared in the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards program book. The paragraph was written by Bridget Wallace, coordinator of the division’s Volunteer Program:

In November of 2012, Carolyn Apple began her volunteer efforts with the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs and brought to the attention of the Division a large collection of more than 600 WWII era photographs, personal papers and objects from Delawarean, William D. Willis. … Over 600 volunteer hours later, Carolyn’s efforts resulted in “World War II: Through the Lens of William D. Willis,” an exhibit that opened in Legislative Hall in March 2015, and has since traveled throughout Delaware. Carolyn has also been instrumental in the success of other exhibits and has helped to increase donations of more WWII memorabilia. … Through the volunteer service of Carolyn Apple, veterans are able to share an integral part of their lives with their children and grandchildren.

Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs staff members attending the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony on Oct. 19, 2016. (From left) Edward McWilliams, manager of the division’s CARE Team; Bridget Wallace, volunteer services coordinator; Marian Carpenter, curator of collections management; Suzanne Savery, deputy director; and volunteer Carolyn Apple.

Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs staff members attending the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony on Oct. 19, 2016. (From left) Edward McWilliams, manager of the division’s CARE Team; Bridget Wallace, volunteer services coordinator; Marian Carpenter, curator of collections management; Suzanne Savery, deputy director; and volunteer Carolyn Apple.

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards program honors individuals, organizations, community groups and corporate volunteerism in the areas of arts and culture, community service, education, environment, health, human needs, public safety and social justice. In an article in the Delaware State News, Markell commented on the program noting, “One of my greatest honors is recognizing the volunteers each year who give back to their communities. Their acts of selflessness empower so many other lives and contribute to a stronger and healthier Delaware for all of us. Tapping into their generosity is one of the keys to realizing our state’s potential, recognizing that government alone can’t solve all of the challenges we face.”

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards program is sponsored by the Office of the Governor, Delaware Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, as well as the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.


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Division to sponsor 14 free programs during November 2016

Written on: October 14th, 2016 in EventsMuseumsNews

The five museums of the State of Delaware will be sponsoring 14 special events during the month of November 2016. A full schedule is included below. All programs are free and open to the public.

Hand-dipped candles (bottom center) and the materials needed to produce them at the John Dickinson Plantation. Candle-dipping workshops will be held at the plantation on Nov. 19, 2016.

Hand-dipped candles (bottom center) and the materials needed to produce them at the John Dickinson Plantation. Candle-dipping workshops will be held at the plantation on Nov. 19, 2016.

Administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the five museums—the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum—tell the story of the First State’s contributions to the history and culture of the United States. Through tours, exhibits, school programs and hands-on activities, the museums shine a spotlight on Delaware’s unique history and the diverse people who came to live there. The New Castle Court House Museum and the John Dickinson Plantation are partner sites of the First State National Historical Park. The Old State House is located on the Dover Green, another partner site of the park. Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of events sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special programs, November 2016

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
18th Century Market Fair.” Programs explore an era when The Green served as the focal point of life in Dover as historical interpreters explore the goods, wares and political attitudes of the 1700s. The Old State House will celebrate the fair with special tours and 18th-century-style demonstrations. Sponsored by the First State Heritage Park. The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
“Some Like Classical.” First Saturday in the First State program explores some of Victor Records’ earliest recordings of classical music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
“Preservation50—‘Preserving Large Metal Artifacts Outdoors.’ ” Lecture by Michael D. Leister, former director of the Air Mobility Command Museum. Presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Program at 2 p.m. on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than Nov. 4, 2016.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Election Day. The following museums of the State of Delaware will be open: The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; the John Dickinson Plantation and the New Castle Court House Museum, both open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Zwaanendael Museum will be closed. 302-744-5054.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
“The People’s House.” In honor of Election Day, guided tours will explore the significance of The Old State House and the many state and county governmental functions that were conducted there between 1791 and 1933. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

The House of Representatives chamber in Dover’s Old State House will be one of the locations featured in the program “The People’s House” on Nov. 8, 2016. Photo by Don Pearse Photographers.

The House of Representatives chamber in Dover’s Old State House will be one of the locations featured in the program “The People’s House” on Nov. 8, 2016. Photo by Don Pearse Photographers.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
“Swing.” Guided tours explore the sounds of Swing music as recorded by Victor Records on 78-rpm disks and played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
“1782-1783: Treaty Signed.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Bob Vander Decker. Part 11 of “The Founding of America in One Year,” a year-long series that examines important local and national events that led to the founding of the United States. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 7 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Return Day. The following museums of the State of Delaware will be open: The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; The John Dickinson Plantation and the New Castle Court House Museum, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Zwaanendael Museum will be open on this Sussex County holiday from 10 a.m.–Noon. 302-744-5054.

Friday, Nov. 11 2016
Veterans Day. All museums of the State of Delaware will be open: The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; the John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
“The Victors of World War I: The Power of Music.” In celebration of Veterans Day, guided tours will examine music’s influence during World War I when patriotic songs were being composed throughout America. Hear 78-rpm recordings of this inspirational music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines, and explore how the Victor Talking Machine Company’s Camden, N.J. factory led the fight to make the world safe for democracy. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.

“‘Over There” will be featured in the program “The Victors of World War I: The Power of Music” that will be presented at the Johnson Victrola Museum on Nov. 11, 2016.

“‘Over There” will be featured in the program “The Victors of World War I: The Power of Music” that will be presented at the Johnson Victrola Museum on Nov. 11, 2016.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
“Veteran’s Walking Tours.”
Programs include stories and visits to grave sites of notable New Castle veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, United States Colored Troops, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Tours depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Free admission but advance registration requested by calling 302-323-4453. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
“Delaware Band of Brothers: A Veterans Day Presentation.” Program examines the interconnected lives, dedication and friendship of four Union officers who served together for four years in the Delaware volunteers during the American Civil War. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Dutch-American Heritage Day. Celebrate the anniversary of Nov. 16, 1776 when an American warship sailed into the harbor of the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies and was greeted by a friendly salute, the first ever given by a foreign power to the flag of the newly-independent United States. Activities will include Dutch crafts, historical information and, at 2 p.m., “How Did a Rocky Dutch Island Seven Square Miles in Area Become the Catalyst for American Revolution?,” a lecture by Stuart Forman. Lecture held on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator). Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-645-1148.

Dutch and American flags

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild. Program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 1–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Bayberry candle workshops. Programs examine bayberries and their use in creating bayberry candles. Presented in partnership with the St. Jones Reserve. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Workshops to take place from 10 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m. in an unheated venue. Please dress appropriately. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations for the workshop are required by calling 302-739-3277 no later than Nov. 18.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
“A Revolutionary Game of Cat and Mouse: Henry Fisher, HMS Roebuck and the Delaware Bay.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter. Part one of “Ship to Shore Saturdays,” a four-part series that chronicles local Lewes history. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Program at 2 p.m. on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than Nov. 18, 2016.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
Thanksgiving Day. All museums of the State of Delaware (the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum) will be closed. 302-744-5054.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016
Day After Thanksgiving. All museums of the State of Delaware will be open: The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; the John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
“Handmade for the Holidays.” Seasonal program in which visitors can create a sachet with herbs and spices. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.


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