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“18th Century Trades Day” at the John Dickinson Plantation on Oct. 13, 2018

Written on: September 19th, 2018 in EventsMuseumsNews

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, visitors to the home of the “Penman of the Revolution” will explore Colonial-era job opportunities during the “18th Century Trades Day” that will take place between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del. All activities are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-739-3277.

Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.

Historic-site interpreter Jennifer Dunham demonstrating how fabric was dyed in the 18th century.

“18th Century Trades Day” will provide opportunities to dye cloth 1700s-style, preserve food in the smokehouse, weave a rug on a loom, mold bricks out of clay, and watch a carpenter at work and learn how wooden shingles and pegs were made. In addition, tours of the 1740 mansion house will be conducted throughout the day.

Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating the curing of meat in the plantation’s smokehouse.

Historic-site interpreter Chris Merrill demonstrating the curing of meat in the plantation’s smokehouse.

The John Dickinson Plantation, Delaware’s first National Historic Landmark, was the boyhood home of John Dickinson, a founding father of the United States, a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution and “Penman of the Revolution.” The Georgian-style mansion stands as a memorial to this American patriot, legislator and farmer. The museum is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation

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Division notes passing of Curt Stickel, former historic-site interpreter

Written on: September 17th, 2018 in MuseumsNewsUncategorized

Stickel served at The Old State House and the Delaware Archaeology Museum in Dover between 2002 and 2013.


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CANCELLED: “Deciphering American Indian DNA” program at Old State House on Sept. 15, 2018

Written on: September 12th, 2018 in EventsMuseumsNewsUncategorized

Program cancelled due to Hurricane-Florence-related cancellations by panelists.


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EVENT CHANGE OF VENUE: Location changed for Sept. 13 to 15, 2018 Chautauqua programs in Lewes, Del.

Written on: September 11th, 2018 in EventsMuseumsNewsUncategorized

Program explores the importance of railroads to America’s economy and way of life, and their impact on Delaware.


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Grants for historic preservation

Written on: August 24th, 2018 in EducationNewsPreservationUncategorized

African American Civil Rights and Partners in Training grants now available.


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Sussex County boasts new listing in the National Register of Historic Places

Written on: August 24th, 2018 in NewsPreservation

One-teacher school in Millsboro was built in 1897.


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Delaware releases historic preservation plan for 2018–2022

Written on: August 23rd, 2018 in NewsPreservation

Working to preserve Delaware’s heritage for the future, the plan outlines six broad goals for the next five years.


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Division to sponsor 21 special events during September 2018

Written on: August 22nd, 2018 in EventsHistoric SitesMuseumsNews

Native-American programming, Chautauqua shows and surviving the London Blitz among activities to be presented.


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“First People of the First State”: Programs featuring the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware throughout September 2018

Written on: August 21st, 2018 in EventsMuseumsNewsUncategorized

Eleven Lenapé-themed programs to be presented at three downtown Dover locations.


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“All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”

Written on: August 15th, 2018 in EventsMuseumsNews

Three-day series of programs explores the importance of railroads to America’s economy and way of life, and their impact on Delaware.


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