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Remembering Charles Parks

Written on: November 8th, 2012 in News

On October 25th, Delaware said goodbye to a beloved artist and friend in Charles Parks. Mr. Parks passed on at the age of 90 in Wilmington, Delaware. Just over a year ago, the State of Delaware was honored to accept the generous donation of more than 300 sculptures and personal objects from the famed sculptor’s […]


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Archaeology on The Dover Green

Written on: November 2nd, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesPreservation

By Alice Guerrant, Historic Archaeologist Have you been on The Green in Dover lately? The east side has mounds of dirt, equipment running around, and a lot of construction going on. It looks like a mess now, but the Division’s project will soon improve the sidewalks and landscaping in front of the Old State House […]


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The Historical Hobbyist 1.2

Written on: October 31st, 2012 in Historical HobbyistHorticulture

Winter Gardening and the Forced Bloom: Bulb Trays and Flower Pots By Edward McWilliams, HCA Curator of Exhibits & C.A.R.E. Team Manager In our previous article from the Historical Hobbyist, we discussed the seasonal pastime of forcing bulbs to bloom in the winter. Of the four containers that this technique involves, we covered Bulb Jars […]


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The Historical Hobbyist 1.1

Written on: October 24th, 2012 in Historical HobbyistHorticulture

Winter Gardening and the Forced Bloom: Bulb Jars and Flower Bricks By Edward McWilliams, HCA Curator of Exhibits & C.A.R.E. Team Manager When you mention the month “October,” do you think pumpkins, gourds, and scarecrows? I think spring flowers blooming in winter! Yes, October is the time to start bulbs indoors for wintertime blooms. Imagine […]


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Animating Delaware History: The State Seal

Written on: October 8th, 2012 in ExhibitsMuseums

  It’s the HCA Blog Premier of “Animating Delaware History!” We’ve been doing some work with our Delaware State Seal exhibit at The Old State House and our resident animator, Bradley Dotson, came up with a creative twist to the story behind the Seal:   Of course, this isn’t really how our State Seal came […]


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Buena Vista In Bloom

Written on: August 29th, 2012 in Historic SitesHorticulture

Buena Vista Conference Center, a set on Flickr. The Buena Vista campus was just too beautiful to keep to ourselves last week. We thought we’d spread some of the love for those of you who won’t make it out to see it before summer’s end. Enjoy! Are there any other historic sites in bloom right […]


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Remembering Jack Lewis

Written on: August 21st, 2012 in News

We were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of beloved Delaware artist, Jack Lewis. With a career spanning the course of nearly a century, Mr. Lewis created a prolific body of work that captured and brought out the beauty in Delaware and Delawareans alike. The State of Delaware is fortunate to have more […]


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Preservation Plan Draft Available for Comment

Written on: August 15th, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesPreservation

By: Alice Guerrant The staff of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has finished the first complete draft of the statewide historic preservation plan for 2013-2018. We’ve kept it as short as possible, while making sure the necessary background is included. Help us make the plan better! Click here to download a copy of […]


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Delaware and the War of 1812: Part IV

Written on: August 13th, 2012 in EducationEventsExhibitsHistoric Sites

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology While the fighting was occurring in America, peace negotiations had been taking place in Russia, and later in Belgium. One of Delaware’s senators, James A. Bayard, would be one of the American commissioners who helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent, which was signed on December 24, 1814 ending […]


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Olympic Metals from Delaware History: Gold

Written on: August 12th, 2012 in Found!

As the Olympic Games come to a close across the pond, our thematic sampler from the state’s collections must also come to an end… but we will keep up the guessing game from yesterday as we present you with one of Delaware’s gold historical treasures:   What do you think this treasure could be?


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