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Restoration work completed at Old Sussex County Court House

Written on: November 22nd, 2016 in Historic SitesNewsPreservation

As part of Return Day festivities on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, state and local officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the rededication of the recently restored Old Sussex County Court House located at 10 S. Bedford St. in Georgetown, Del. Owned by the state of Delaware and managed by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the property recently underwent a $307,000 rehabilitation that included both a major exterior-restoration and interior refurbishment of the site’s first and second floors. These improvements were funded by appropriations from the state of Delaware’s Minor Capital Improvements and Equipment program.

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Exterior of the Old Sussex County Court House prior to restoration.

Exterior of the Old Sussex County Court House after restoration.

Exterior of the Old Sussex County Court House after restoration.

The building was originally constructed in 1791 after the Sussex County seat was moved from Lewes to Georgetown in order to provide a more centralized location for county governmental and judicial functions. In 1837, the structure was moved from its original location on Georgetown Circle to make way for the current court house which still occupies the site. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Sussex County Court House is still used occasionally for special court functions. It is now leased to the Georgetown Historical Society which opens it for public visitation at various times throughout the year.

Refurbished interior of the Old Sussex County Court House.

Refurbished interior of the Old Sussex County Court House.

Recent improvements to the property include removal of all the wood-shingle siding on the exterior of the building; repointing of the masonry chimneys; repair of existing wooden windows, doors and raised-panel shutters; repair of the existing wood-shingle roof where needed; application of liquid-membrane waterproofing to the existing metal cupola-floor; restoration of the chime for the cupola’s bell; refurbishing of all existing metal window-, shutter- and door-hardware; painting existing wooden windows and doors; staining new exterior wood-shingle siding; stabilizing interior plaster walls where needed and whitewashing all interior plaster walls; and the application of an oil finish on all interior woodwork exclusive of the floors.


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Small Grants available from Delaware Preservation Fund

Written on: November 21st, 2016 in NewsPreservation

The Delaware Preservation Fund is currently accepting applications for funding under its Small Grants Program. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

The Delaware Preservation Fund, an affiliate of Preservation Delaware, is dedicated to the preservation of the historic built-environment in Delaware. The fund’s Small Grants Program supports qualified improvements to historic properties with grants of $1,000 (or somewhat larger in exceptional cases) and by offering short-term loans at below market terms for larger projects.

Grant-application forms are available by going to the Delaware Preservation Fund’s Small Grants Program. For additional information, contact Vincent Murphy, project director, at dpf@dca.net or 443-504-2049.

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Division to sponsor 14 special programs during the 2016 winter-holiday season

Written on: November 18th, 2016 in EventsHistoric SitesMuseumsNews

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 14 special events, including eight winter-holiday-themed activities, between Nov. 30, 2016 and Jan. 2, 2017. A full schedule is included below. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Johnson Victrola Museum will present “A Victrola for Christmas” on Dec. 3, 2016.

The Johnson Victrola Museum will present “A Victrola for Christmas” on Dec. 3, 2016.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
“Rollin’ on the River.” Lecture by historian Kim Burdick about Revolutionary-War-era life along the Delaware River. Burdick will also have copies of her book “Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State” for sale and autographing. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 7 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
“Hospitality Night: ‘The Holiday Pickle.’ ” Learn how to make pickles, explore the history of the pickle and its significance to the season and enjoy the museum trimmed for the holidays by the Sussex Gardeners. Presented in partnership with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 5–8 p.m. 302-645-1148.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
“A Victrola for Christmas.” Guided tours examine the holiday marketing-strategies of Eldridge Reeves Johnson of the Victor Talking Machine Company including advertisements posted in newspapers and magazines in the early 1900s, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings of holiday music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
“Tour Zwaanendael Museum.” Enjoy the museum’s festive holiday-décor. Event held in conjunction with the Lewes Historical Society’s Christmas Tour of Lewes. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 302-645-1148.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
“Handmade for the Holidays.” Seasonal program in which visitors can design a holiday card with watercolors and a quill pen. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
“Historic Holiday Traditions.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Latecia Prophet examines holiday traditions of the 18th century. First Saturday in the First State program. 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.

The Old State House

The Old State House

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
“Listen Up! The Art of Sound.” Local youth working with Delaware spoken-word artists James Alexander, Brock Kalim and the Twin Poets, perform their own spoken-word compositions that sample historic 78-rpm Victor recordings. Part of the “Listen Up!” series that features young people who utilize poetry, theater, dance and song to create compositions that celebrate different aspects of Delaware history. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Performance at 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
“1784-1787: Continental Congress to Constitution.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Bob Vander Decker. Final segment 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. NOTE: Event date changed from 12-14-16 to 12-7-16.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Spirit of Christmas in New Castle.” One of the best preserved Colonial-era towns in America will feature tours of historic homes bedecked in holiday decorations, Dickens-themed holiday activities, re-enactments, programs at museums including the New Castle Court House Museum, crafts, musical entertainment and more. Festivities will conclude at 5 p.m. with the annual Christmas tree lighting at Market Square. Downtown New Castle. 302-328-3279.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Delaware Day awards ceremony. Event honors participants in the Delaware Department of State’s 15th annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition which challenges students to create displays that help illustrate and explain the U.S. Constitution and the role played by Delawareans in the writing and ratification of the nation’s founding document. Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover. 10 a.m. 302-744-5000.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
“Land and Sea Christmas”: Buena Vista Holiday Open House. One-day-only event features tours of one of Delaware’s most historic homes decorated for the holidays plus craft activities for children. Buena Vista Conference Center, 661 S. Dupont Highway (Route 13), New Castle. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 302-323-4430.

Buena Vista

Buena Vista

Saturday, Dec. 10, 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, Dec. 10, 2016
“The Tragic and Heroic Legacy of Jacob Jones.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Kaitlyn Dykes. Part two 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 Dec. 9, 2016.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
“Handmade for the Holidays.” Seasonal program in which visitors can create an ornament through paper quilling. 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.

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016
Christmas Eve. 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.

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016
Christmas 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.

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016
Christmas Day observed. 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 following museums will be closed: The John Dickinson Plantation, the New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum. 302-744-5054.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017
New Year’s 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.

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
New Year’s Day observed. 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 following museums will be closed: The John Dickinson Plantation, the New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum. 302-744-5054.


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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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Celebration brings Preservation50 to a close

Written on: September 23rd, 2016 in NewsPreservation

Delaware’s year-long observance of Preservation50, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, came to a close with a celebratory program that took place on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna.

Preservation 50 event

Sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and Delaware State Parks’ Time Travelers program, “Preservation50 Historic Preservation Celebration: Past, Present and Future” attracted 68 people who came out to hear the encouraging words of National Park Service historian Dr. John Sprinkle; Erik Hein, executive director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and Robin Krawitz, graduate director of the historic preservation program at Delaware State University as each shared their perspective of where historic preservation has been, where it is today and where it is going in the future. The program concluded with the presentation of a certificate of recognition to Kim Burdick, historian and curator of the Hale-Byrnes House, who led a grassroots effort to make historic preservation more well-known to the public.

Kim Burdick with her certificate of recognition.

Kim Burdick with her certificate of recognition.

Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Gwen Davis (front, left) and State Historic Preservation Officer Tim Slavin addressing the Preservation50 celebratory program at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna.

Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Gwen Davis (front, left) and State Historic Preservation Officer Tim Slavin addressing the Preservation50 celebratory program at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna.


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Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation to meet on Oct. 19, 2016

Written on: September 23rd, 2016 in NewsPreservation

Members of the public are invited to attend the next meeting of the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. at The Old State House located at 25 The Green in Dover, Del. As part of the meeting, the review board will discuss two new nominations to the National Register of Historic Places: Holly Oak, a private residence located at 1503 Ridge Road in New Castle County north of Wilmington; and the Wilmington Commercial Historic District located on Market Street between Sixth and Ninth streets. Due to limited spaces, attendees are encouraged to park their cars at the Delaware Public Archives located at 121 Martin Luther King Blvd. North in Dover.

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In accordance with the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, this meeting is open to the public and copies of the minutes will be made available upon request in accordance with the law. Written comments should be submitted prior to the meeting date. Oral comments and questions will be invited during the meeting.

For additional information, please contact Madeline Dunn, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ National Register coordinator via e-mail at madeline.dunn@state.de.us or by calling 302-736-7417.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act may call 302-736-7400 by Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.

 


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