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Olympic Metals from Delaware History: Silver

Written on: August 11th, 2012 in Found!

We continue to celebrate the Summer Olympics in London by highlighting something silver from the state’s collections of historic objects… We thought it might by fun to let you figure out what this one is… It was made by Bancroft Woodcock. Here is a close-up of his maker’s mark: So what do you think? An […]


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Olympic Metals from Delaware History: Bronze

Written on: August 10th, 2012 in Found!

While there aren’t any Olympic medals in the state’s collections of historic objects, we care for metal items of all kinds. We thought it might be fun to join in the Olympic spirit by highlighting some random bronze, silver, and gold objects as we round out the last three days of the games. First (or […]


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Delaware and the War of 1812: Part III

Written on: August 6th, 2012 in ArchaeologyEducationEventsHistoric SitesNews

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology The year 1814 saw the inauguration of a new governor— Daniel Rodney of Lewes. Like his predecessor, he continued to oversee and maintain the active defense of the state. Defensive measures continued with Delawareans manning the various fortifications and ongoing militia service. During the year, Delaware ceded Pea […]


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Johnson Victrola Museum featured on America’s Lost Treasures

Written on: August 3rd, 2012 in MultimediaMuseumsNews

Last February, we shared a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of a film crew from the National Geographic Channel working on a segment from their new show, America’s Lost Treasures, at the Johnson Victrola Museum. For those of you who didn’t get to see the finished product’s premiere last Wednesday, here’s a taste of what you missed: Has […]


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Delaware and the War of 1812: Part II

Written on: July 30th, 2012 in ArchaeologyEducationEventsHistoric SitesNews

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology The initial actions and campaigns of the war took place along the Canadian border and on the high seas. However, that would change in late 1812. In December, the British government would declare the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays to be in a state of blockade, and by the […]


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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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International Style on the National Register: Delaware’s Carswell House

Written on: June 5th, 2012 in Preservation

By: Madeline E. Dunn Curator of Education – Historian Question: What do the National Guard, West Point, and International Style architecture have in common with Delaware? Answer: Stuart Randall Carswell. Who was Stuart Randall Carswell? Mr. Carswell was born in New Castle County, Delaware in 1891 and attended primary and secondary schools in Wilmington.  He […]


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Preservation Planning 2012 – Drafting Goals

Written on: May 31st, 2012 in Preservation

By Alice Guerrant, Historic Archaeologist Our statewide historic preservation plan continues to move forward! Last month, we spent a day at Buena Vista Conference Center with preservationists and planners from around the state to hash out a set of goals based on all of the comments that we’ve been given. It was a very productive […]


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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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