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Delaware and the War of 1812: An Introduction

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in ArchaeologyEducationEventsHistoric SitesNews

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology 200 years have passed since the War of 1812, but few realize the dynamic role that the First State and its citizens played within the conflict. This article is the first of four excerpts to be blogged from Mr. Fithian’s essay entitled, “For the Common Defense,” “Infernals,” and […]


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The Search for Fort Casimir

Written on: July 16th, 2012 in ArchaeologyFound!Historic SitesPreservation

By Craig Lukezic, Archaeologist Delaware State Historic Preservation Office After floods, historic road leveling, house and ferry construction, is there anything left of the 17th century Fort Casimir? Keep in mind the fort may have been a wooden plank structure built with rammed earth. Those of you familiar with living in Delaware can guess that […]


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Participate in the 2012 National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest

Written on: May 16th, 2012 in Historic SitesMultimediaMuseumsPreservation

Last month on Flickr, the National Park Service launched its 2012 National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest. Some impressive images have trickled into the album from historic sites and talented artists from across the country, but Delaware has yet to make so much as a ripple in the pool of contenders! Naturally… we feel compelled to […]


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Delaware History Connections: Thomas Garrett and Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Written on: March 22nd, 2012 in Historic SitesMuseums

By Kellie Mullarkey HCA Historic Sites Interpreter Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published on this week in 1852 (March 20th, to be exact). The best-selling novel opened readers’ eyes to the truths of slavery and fueled the abolitionist movement. Most of us are taught that much along the road in grade school, but […]


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HCA Blooms on the First Day of Spring

Written on: March 20th, 2012 in Historic SitesHorticulture

We wanted to mark the first day of spring by sharing some images of our historic sites in bloom across the state:   Hellebore at Buena Vista Conference Center Daffodils at Legislative Mall   What’s your favorite sign that spring is here?


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The Benefits of Volunteering with HCA

Written on: February 16th, 2012 in EducationHistoric SitesHorticultureMuseumsPreservationVolunteerism

By: Lindsay McNinch In September of 2011, HCA launched a new Volunteer Program.  As the Volunteer Program’s first appearance on the division’s blog, I wanted to take this opportunity to showcase some of the benefits you may receive from volunteering with us. Tying in with the Division’s mission to promote Delaware’s historical legacies, HCA’s Volunteer […]


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What Do You Know About Allen McLane?

Written on: February 14th, 2012 in EducationHistoric SitesMuseums

On June 30th of last year, members of the Delaware General Assembly joined Governor Jack Markell and guests from across the country to pass Senate Joint Resolution #7 at the Old State House in Dover. Sponsored by Sens. Brian Bushweller and Bruce Ennis along with Reps. William Carson and Darryl Scott, the resolution honors the […]


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A Blog from the HCA Gardens: Top 5 Things We Do in the Winter

Written on: February 9th, 2012 in Historic SitesHorticultureNews

By: Ken Darsney, Curator of Horticulture Being someone who has decided to work outside for a living, there are two questions I get asked more than anything else. The first, which happens in the summer, is: “Hot enough for ya?” at which I reply, “Yes. Yes it is.” The second, and much more legitimate, question […]


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Planning So Our Historic Places Have a Future

Written on: February 7th, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesNewsPreservation

By Alice Guerrant It’s important every so often to step back and evaluate what you’ve done so that you can see if you need to change something. Every five years, the State Historic Preservation Office leads the effort to produce a new statewide historic preservation plan. This is our chance as historic preservationists to ask […]


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Meet the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office

Written on: January 26th, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesPreservation

By Alice Guerrant, Historic Archaeologist This is HCA’s first blog on the topic of preservation, so we thought it appropriate to introduce, for what may be the first time for many readers, the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office. Historic preservation means the study, protection, and maintenance of the historic places that keep us in touch […]


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