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Preservation Planning 2012 – Drafting Goals

Written on: May 31st, 2012 in Preservation

By Alice Guerrant, Historic Archaeologist

Our statewide historic preservation plan continues to move forward! Last month, we spent a day at Buena Vista Conference Center with preservationists and planners from around the state to hash out a set of goals based on all of the comments that we’ve been given. It was a very productive discussion with a lot of give and take. We looked at the key issues and concerns that came up over and over again in public discussions. By the end of the day, the group successfully drafted recommended goals for the 2013-2018 plan.

The Draft Goals (no special order to these!):

  • Develop effective collaborations in historic preservation with nontraditional partners.
    • Think about how we can reach out to minorities, developers, businesses, and others most effectively.
  • All government entities serve as positive models for stewardship through their own historic properties.
    • Governments need to know what historic properties they own and how best to care for them.
  • Increase public education & support for historic preservation.
    • Convey the importance of conserving our heritage and maintaining a sense of place.
    • Increase training in preservation trades, architectural history, archaeology, and related fields, to provide a new generation of skilled craftspeople and preservationists.
  • Maintain & expand access to information on historic properties & preservation.
    • Make sure that the information that the Division has been collecting for over 30 years is available and easily accessible to preservationists, teachers, tourists, historians, and the public.
  • Active participation in historic preservation by all local governments.
    • Provide all governments with information on successful preservation tools as well as the economic and social benefits to historic preservation.

The group also recommended a number of ways to reach these goals, but one of the most important recommendations they made was to hold this type of meeting twice a year. We need to get preservationists and planners together regularly to discuss what’s happened lately, what’s been successful, what’s failed, and where we should go next. This will help to keep all of us focused on achieving our goals without drifting on with our day-to-day work demands. It will also provide a regular means of communicating between partners in historic preservation.

We thank everyone who participated in a public meeting, filled out the on-line survey, and/or helped us draft goals.

For more information on the process that has led us to these goals, check out these previous blog postings:

Planning So Our Historic Places Have a Future

Preservation Planning 2012: Update from Public Meetings

Now we have to write a draft of the full plan for everyone to comment on. We plan to have that available by mid-summer.

How do you feel about these goals? Are there others that we should consider? What kinds of strategies do you think will be most effective in achieving them?

Comment here or send us an e-mail: preservationplan@delaware.gov.

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Participate in the 2012 National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest

Written on: May 16th, 2012 in Historic SitesMultimediaMuseumsPreservation

Last month on Flickr, the National Park Service launched its 2012 National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest. Some impressive images have trickled into the album from historic sites and talented artists from across the country, but Delaware has yet to make so much as a ripple in the pool of contenders!

Naturally… we feel compelled to change this… so here are a few things that you should probably know if you plan to enter the contest and possibly see your work (and Delaware’s history) published on a National Park Service wall calendar:

1. You should probably know about the contest:

The National Park Service has launched its annual National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest! Photographers may enter up to 10 images of different National Historic Landmarks (only 1 image per landmark per photographer) until the contest closes on June 13th, 2012. Winning photos will be featured in a National Park Service 2013 wall calendar. For all of the details and rules about the contest, scroll down to the bottom of the contest’s Flickr page. You can also check out past winners to get those creative juices flowing.

2. You should know what a National Historic Landmark is:

The National Historic Landmarks Program is administered through the U.S. Department of the Interior. Here is what they have to say about it:

3. You should know which National Historic Landmark listings can be found in the First State:

There are 13 National Historic Landmarks scattered across the State of Delaware. However, because some are private homes and some are undergoing repairs, 9 of these beautiful parcels of national history are open to the public and striking a pose just for you.


Those properties include the Corbit-Sharp House, the John Dickinson House, Eleutherian Mills, Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Howard High School, Lightship LV-118 (Overfalls), Lombardy Hall, New Castle Court House, and the New Castle Historic District. We are proud to say that two of these properties – New Castle Court House and John Dickinson House – are HCA museum sites.

4. It would probably help to know where to find these historic properties:

This is our favorite part (aside from your winning photo featuring a historic Delaware property). We wanted to make it as easy as possible to participate in the contest. You’re an artist. You can’t be bothered with having to look up all of these sites, research their history, and find them on a map. You need to save that energy to create! That’s why we’ve gone ahead and mapped out out all of the public National Historic Landmarks in Delaware:

View Delaware’s National Historic Landmarks in a larger map

5. Finally, you should know how to share it with us:

How do you share the fun with us? Well, when you join the contest group on Flickr, join our Delaware History group and be sure to post your images there too. When you’re tagging your photos for the contest, go ahead and tag them with DelawareHistory as well.


Now that you have been sufficiently informed… you have four weekends to visit, photograph, and share nine pieces of American history…. Where will you start??

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Dover Days 2012

Written on: May 7th, 2012 in Events

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Dover Days 2012, a set on Flickr.

We hope everyone enjoyed the 79th Annual Dover Days celebration! Check out some of these photos from around The Green taken on Saturday, May 5th.

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