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State Sen. Bonini celebrates John Dickinson Plantation accreditation

Written on: February 19th, 2018 in MuseumsNews

State Sen. Colin Bonini recently visited the John Dickinson Plantation, located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del., to celebrate the accreditation of the museum system of the State of Delaware by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest recognition afforded to museums in the United States. Administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the system includes five state museums—the John Dickinson Plantation near Kitts Hummock; the Johnson Victrola Museum and Old State House in downtown Dover; the New Castle Court House Museum; and the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes—and the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections.

State Sen. Colin Bonini visits the John Dickinson Plantation in celebration of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. From left: division director Tim Slavin, Bonini, site-supervisor Gloria Henry and historic-site interpreter Vertie Lee

State Sen. Colin Bonini visits the John Dickinson Plantation in celebration of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. From left: division director Tim Slavin, Bonini, site-supervisor Gloria Henry and historic-site interpreter Vertie Lee

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the alliance’s accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

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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 site’s Georgian-style mansion stands as a memorial to this American patriot, legislator and farmer. The plantation is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park. It is currently open for visitation and tours from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events. For additional information, call 302-739-3277.

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation

Mansion house at the John Dickinson Plantation

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Division mourns the loss of Ed Gillespie

Written on: February 16th, 2018 in News

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs mourns the loss of our colleague and friend, Ed Gillespie. We ask that you keep Ed and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


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historic-sites

State legislators Simpson and Kenton visit Abbott’s Mill in Milford to celebrate accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums

Written on: February 15th, 2018 in Historic SitesNews

Accreditation is the highest recognition afforded to museums in the United States.


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National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, March 12–14, 2018

Written on: February 15th, 2018 in NewsPreservation

Annual gathering promotes sound federal preservation policy and programs.


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Woodburn to be lit up in blue and green in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Written on: February 14th, 2018 in Historic SitesNews

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and will affect 30 million Americans at some point in their lives.


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museums

State Sen. Bushweller celebrates Old State House accreditation

Written on: February 14th, 2018 in MuseumsNews

Accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums is the highest recognition afforded to museums in the United States.


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Division releases 2017 annual report

Written on: January 30th, 2018 in MuseumsNewsPreservation

Report illustrates the programs and services that led to the division’s accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.


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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer

Written on: January 29th, 2018 in MuseumsNews

Afro-British musician’s works were recorded by the Victor Talking Machine Company.


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education

Students honored at 16th annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition ceremony

Written on: January 26th, 2018 in EducationNews

Program encourages young people to study the U.S. Constitution.


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archaeology

African-American History Month programs among 18 special events at division museums during February 2018

Written on: January 25th, 2018 in ArchaeologyEventsHistoric SitesMuseumsNews

Highlights include programs on African-American life at the John Dickinson Plantation in the 18th century, the evolution of black recorded music and African-American archaeology in Delaware.


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