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100th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Jacob Jones

Written on: November 20th, 2017 in CollectionsMuseumsNews

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.

USS Jacob Jones

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.

Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones by Thomas Sully

Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones by Thomas Sully

Portrait of Commodore Thomas Macdonough by Thomas Sully

Portrait of Commodore Thomas Macdonough by Thomas Sully

Thomas Sully

Thomas Sully

 

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Cherie Dodge Biron leaves division employment

Written on: November 17th, 2017 in News

Long-time Business Administration supervisor to serve as controller of the new Delaware Department of Human Resources.


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Social practices in art

Written on: November 16th, 2017 in CollectionsExhibitsMuseumsNews

Article explores artist Denis A. Volozan and his portrait of George Washington which hangs in The Old State House.


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Division to sponsor 21 special programs during the 2017 winter-holiday season

Written on: November 16th, 2017 in EventsExhibitsHistoric SitesMuseumsNews

Nine holiday-themed activities among the programs to be offered.


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Certificates presented for Delaware properties listed in the National Register in 2017

Written on: November 9th, 2017 in Historic SitesNewsPreservation

Five properties and one historic district were listed in 2017.


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Commemorating the 250th anniversary of John Dickinson’s revolutionary “Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania”

Written on: November 9th, 2017 in EventsExhibitsHistoric SitesMuseumsNews

Website and public programs celebrate Dickinson’s pivotal role in setting the stage for the American Revolution.


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Dutch-American Heritage Day at the Zwaanendael Museum on Nov. 18, 2017

Written on: November 7th, 2017 in EventsExhibitsMuseumsNews

Dutch-American Heritage Day commemorates Nov. 16, 1776, the date when the Netherlands became the first nation to recognize the newly independent United States.


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education

Music education: A mission of the Victor Talking Machine Company

Written on: October 25th, 2017 in EducationEventsMuseumsNews

Beginning in 1911, the company promoted the use of the phonograph for music-appreciation lessons for students in kindergarten through college.


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Division to sponsor 13 special events during November 2017

Written on: October 25th, 2017 in EventsHistoric SitesMuseumsNews

18th Century Market Fair, candle making and music of World War I among the events to be presented.


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Blogs celebrate the 250th anniversary of John Dickinson’s “Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania”

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.


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