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Division employees and volunteers recognized at end-of-year meeting

Written on: December 20th, 2017 in News

During an end-of-year staff meeting on Dec. 11, 2017 at the St. Jones Reserve, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs honored its employees and volunteers who helped make 2017 a noteworthy year for the agency.

Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Director Tim Slavin speaking at the Dec. 11, 2017 all-staff meeting.

Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Director Tim Slavin speaking at the Dec. 11, 2017 all-staff meeting.

Zwaanendael Museum historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter drew the attention of the assembled staff members with a stirring bagpipe performance followed by division Director Tim Slavin who began the program by honoring three employees who had been promoted within the agency during the past year—Dan Davis, Tammy Dayton and Dominique Martucci. Noting that vacancies within the division had started to open up after a period when hiring was frozen by state government, Slavin announced that in January 2018, the agency would be welcoming Laura Walsh as the new curator of collections management and Sara Clendaniel as the new volunteer services coordinator.

Andrew Lyter playing bagpipes.

Andrew Lyter playing bagpipes.

After Slavin presented a 10-year service award to Tammy Dayton, division staff members came to the podium to honor their colleagues by bestowing Extra Mile Awards to Andrew Lyter for his actions beyond the call of duty in support of the Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration; Jim Shilling for his many years of volunteer service at the Johnson Victrola Museum; and Business Services Team members Tammy Dayton, Dominique Martucci and Jan Rettig for stepping up their efforts after two fellow team-members departed the division during the course of the year. Finally, Slavin and Deputy Director Suzanne Savery presented a congratulatory graphic, signed by division staff members, to Cherie Dodge-Biron who left the division after many years as the manager of the Business Services Team.

Andrew Lyter (holding his Extra Mile Award) with staff from the Zwaanendael Museum. (From left) Jason Bakke, division Director Tim Slavin, Bridget Warner, Lyter, Beth Gott, Tom Pulmano, Bitsy Mahon and Kaitlyn Dykes.

Andrew Lyter (holding his Extra Mile Award) with staff from the Zwaanendael Museum. (From left) Jason Bakke, division Director Tim Slavin, Bridget Warner, Lyter, Beth Gott, Tom Pulmano, Bitsy Mahon and Kaitlyn Dykes.

Jim Shilling (holding his Extra Mile Award) with Johnson Victrola Museum staff. (From left) Susan Emory, Chris Hall, Jackie Collins, Shilling, Nena Todd, Steven Mumford and division Director Tim Slavin.

Jim Shilling (holding his Extra Mile Award) with Johnson Victrola Museum staff. (From left) Susan Emory, Chris Hall, Jackie Collins, Shilling, Nena Todd, Steven Mumford and division Director Tim Slavin.

Business Services Team members Dominique Martucci, Tammy Dayton and Jan Rettig holding their Extra Mile Awards. (From left) Martucci, division Deputy Director Suzanne Savery, Dayton, former Business Services Team manager Cherie Dodge-Biron, Rettig and division Director Tim Slavin.

Business Services Team members Dominique Martucci, Tammy Dayton and Jan Rettig holding their Extra Mile Awards. (From left) Martucci, division Deputy Director Suzanne Savery, Dayton, former Business Services Team manager Cherie Dodge-Biron, Rettig and division Director Tim Slavin.

Former Business Services Team manager Cherie Dodge-Biron holding her congratulatory graphic. (From left) division Director Tim Slavin, Dodge-Biron and division Deputy Director Suzanne Savery.

Former Business Services Team manager Cherie Dodge-Biron holding her congratulatory graphic. (From left) division Director Tim Slavin, Dodge-Biron and division Deputy Director Suzanne Savery.

Following the awards presentations, leaders of the division’s teams discussed recent accomplishments and upcoming plans including the following:

–Achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums
–Cleared and organized the Island Field site
–Repurposed restrooms at the New Castle Court House Museum
–Celebrated the 250th Anniversary of John Dickinson’s “Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania”
–Removed a damaged silver maple at Woodburn and developed plans for replacing the tree
–Presented new exhibits and special programming at the division’s five museums
–Developed a new division logo
–Accessioned 200 boxes of artifacts from the Avery’s Rest archaeological site into the collections of the State of Delaware
–Eliminated water infiltration at Hale-Byrnes House
–Completing a new State Historic Preservation Plan
–Planning for improvements to the lightkeeper’s house at Fenwick Island Lighthouse
–Planning for paperless processing of invoices
–Conducting renovations to the Buck Library at Buena Vista
–Completing the inventory of the collections of the State of Delaware by consultants from AECOM (Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations and Maintenance)
–Developing a report on the effects of sea-level rise on historic properties in Delaware

 

museums

Johnson Victrola Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

Written on: December 20th, 2017 in MuseumsNews

Museum showcases E.R. Johnson and his contributions to the sound-recording industry.


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uncategorized

Division to sponsor seven special events during January 2018

Written on: December 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Highlights include activities celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and programs on E.R. Johnson’s yacht, the Caroline, and buccaneers in the Delaware Bay.


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museums

Division museums closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31, 2017; and Jan. 1, 2018

Written on: December 15th, 2017 in MuseumsNews

Museums closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


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historic-sites

Division receives $190,000 grant for its partner sites in the First State National Historical Park

Written on: December 14th, 2017 in Historic SitesMuseumsNews

Grant to fund capital improvements and programmatic activities at the New Castle Green, New Castle Court House, John Dickinson Plantation and Fort Christina National Historic Landmark.


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archaeology

Archaeological discovery writes new chapter in Delaware’s early colonial history

Written on: December 13th, 2017 in ArchaeologyNews

Findings shed light on 11 burials dating to the late 1600s including three people of African descent.


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events

EVENT CANCELLED: Buena Vista Holiday Open House on Dec. 9, 2017

Written on: December 8th, 2017 in EventsHistoric SitesNews

Event cancelled due to inclement weather.


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news

Division welcomes three new staff members

Written on: December 6th, 2017 in News

New employees include two members of the Horticulture Team and an addition to the staff of the Buena Vista conference/event center.


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events

PROGRAM CANCELLED: “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat, Part Two”—Dec. 9, 2017 lecture at Zwaanendael Museum

Written on: December 5th, 2017 in EventsMuseumsNews

Dec. 9, 2017 program cancelled and incorporated into March 24, 2018 program.


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collections

100th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Jacob Jones

Written on: November 20th, 2017 in CollectionsMuseumsNews

Destroyer named for Delaware’s Commodore Jacob Jones, a hero of the War of 1812.


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