During service in World War I, the American destroyer USS Jacob Jones was torpedoed and sunk off the Scilly Islands, England on Dec. 6, 1917. Out of the 110 men who were aboard the ship that day, 64 lost their lives. The Jacob Jones was the first U.S. destroyer ever to be lost to enemy action. This year marks the 100th anniversary of its sinking.
The ship was named in honor of Commodore Jacob Jones (1768–1850) of Smyrna, Del., an American hero of the War of 1812. In 1814, the Delaware legislature commissioned the English-born, American artist Thomas Sully (1783–1872) to paint portraits of Jones and another Delaware hero of the War of 1812, Commodore Thomas Macdonough, for display in the House of Representatives chamber of The Old State House. The paintings still hang in that location.
Written on: November 17th, 2017 in News
Long-time Business Administration supervisor to serve as controller of the new Delaware Department of Human Resources.
Article explores artist Denis A. Volozan and his portrait of George Washington which hangs in The Old State House.
Nine holiday-themed activities among the programs to be offered.
Five properties and one historic district were listed in 2017.
Website and public programs celebrate Dickinson’s pivotal role in setting the stage for the American Revolution.
Dutch-American Heritage Day commemorates Nov. 16, 1776, the date when the Netherlands became the first nation to recognize the newly independent United States.
Beginning in 1911, the company promoted the use of the phonograph for music-appreciation lessons for students in kindergarten through college.
18th Century Market Fair, candle making and music of World War I among the events to be presented.
Written on: October 20th, 2017 in News
Written by Robert Natelson for the Volokh Conspiracy and posted on the Washington Post webpage from Oct. 16–20, 2017.