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First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair Photo Contest

Written on: October 29th, 2013 in EventsHistoric SitesMultimediaMuseumsNews

Participate in First State Heritage Park’s

18th Century Market Fair Flickr Photo Contest

in Eight Easy Steps:


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Experience history and capture some memories at the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair on November 2, 2013!

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Join the Photo Contest group on Flickr.

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 * Make sure you scroll down and “Agree” to the contest rules to advance to the group page:

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Upload your memories.

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Tag your photos with FSHPMarketFair – photos are not eligible for the contest unless they are tagged properly!

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In the photo description space, please include a title for the image and any description you may provide, including a few words to complete any of the prompts below.

“Visiting the FSHP 18th Century Market Fair, “I learned…,” “I enjoyed…,” or “I met…”


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Add to the group.




Upload the photos to your Photostream.


* The upload confirmation window should look like this, indicating that your photos are (1) public, (2) tagged, and (3) grouped:




Watch, share, and vote between now and November 30th for your chance to win a 2014 Delaware State Parks Pass!

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Another blog post will follow with instructions and tips for voting, but the more people that you can get to favorite your photo the better your chances at winning!

Happy Market Fairing! Share your experiences here!


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Division Welcomes Five New Historic-site Interpreters

Written on: October 28th, 2013 in MuseumsNews

During the past six weeks, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has welcomed five new members to its museums staff. All of these employees serve as historic-site interpreters, the division’s front-line connection with the public. Through tours and special programming, historic-site interpreters add a human face to Delaware history by providing in-depth information about the state’s historic places, and by bringing the people and events of the past to life.

Following are profiles of these newest members of the division’s team:

Rehoboth Beach resident Jody Dengler joined the Zwaanendael Museum staff after a varied career that included work as an educator at the Florida Poison Center, and which continues at Wilmington University where she serves as an adjunct instructor in film appreciation. Hailing from a family of history buffs, Dengler grew up in Collegeville, Pa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Mount Olive College in North Carolina.

Jody Dengler

Jody Dengler

Melissa Fitzgerald brings an artistic perspective to her work at the John Dickinson Plantation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in painting (with a minor in history) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Master of Fine Arts in illustration from the Savanna College of Art and Design. Fitzgerald’s other love—history—has led to work at the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation’s cultural resources section, and as a historical interpreter at both Fort Delaware State Park and at the Heyward House Historic Center in Bluffton, S.C. Originally from Camden, Del., she currently lives in Odessa, Del.

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Four years ago, Courtney Lynahan served as a historical interpreter for the First State Heritage Park during a stint as an AmeriCorps volunteer. After working in a variety of occupations, she is happy to return to the field of history as a historic-site interpreter at the division’s downtown Dover museums. Lynahan holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy with a specialization in historic preservation, both from the University of Delaware. The West Chester, Pa. native has worked as an intern with the cultural-resource services firm John Milner Associates, as a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware’s Center for Historic Architecture and Design, and as a volunteer at Fort Delaware. She currently lives in old New Castle.

Courtney Lynahan

Courtney Lynahan

The circle remains unbroken for Dover resident Eleanor Siyon who developed school programs for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs in the 1970s. Originally from Bridgeville, Del., Siyon holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Delaware State University and is nearing completion of her master’s degree in early childhood education from Capella University. Her current work for the division’s museums focuses on developing new and innovative programming including educational tours focusing on the Underground Railroad. Siyon’s distinguished career includes service as an English teacher and as a contractor developing an alternative-education program for the Delaware Department of Education. She is the author of two children’s books as well as the historical play “Courage in Black and White: The Untold Stories” about the Underground Railroad in Delaware. Her new children’s play, “On Golden Wings,” is currently nearing completion.

Eleanor Siyon

Eleanor Siyon

Newport, Del. native Stacye Williamson brings a wide variety of skills and knowledge to her work for the division’s downtown Dover museums. Her past experience includes service as a seasonal gardener at Longwood Gardens and as a volunteer in the Mollusk Department of the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Williamson holds two bachelor’s degrees—one in general studies from Wilmington University and a second in anthropology from the University of Delaware. Her abiding interest in food-related history has led to studies in ethno-botany, beekeeping, nutrition and horticulture. She currently lives in Bear, Del.

Stacye Williamson

Stacye Williamson

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Division Archaeologist to Speak at International Meeting in the Netherlands

Written on: October 25th, 2013 in ArchaeologyNews

Craig Lukezic

Craig Lukezic

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs archaeologist Craig Lukezic has been invited to speak at the Combined AT FORT and 9th Fortified Cities Expert Meeting that will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands from Nov. 11 to 14, 2013. The meeting is being organized by the New Dutch Waterline, the lead partner in Atelier European Fortresses (AT FORT), a coalition of European historical organizations dedicated to preserving and adaptively re-using fortified heritage-sites across the continent.

In keeping with the meeting’s focus on historic fortifications, Lukezic will discuss the history of Fort Casimir which was established by the Dutch in 1651 in what is now New Castle, Del. During June 2012, Lukezic and a group of archaeologists conducted excavations to determine what, if any, archaeological remains of the fort still existed. Evidence gathered during the excavations appears to support earlier research that placed the site of the fort along the Delaware River on the city’s northeast side.

Lukezic has worked as an archaeologist for many years including service at the Virginia Department of Transportation and, since 2003, at the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary. Lukezic currently serves as president of the Archaeological Society of Delaware and as an adjunct faculty member at Delaware State University.

During his work in the First State, Lukezic has led archaeological studies of several colonial forts from the period when the Swedes and Dutch controlled the Delaware Valley including Fort Casimir in New Castle and Fort Christina in Wilmington. He has also served in a leadership role in the organization of the 2013 New Sweden 375th Anniversary Conference which is slated for Nov. 8 to 10, 2013, and The Early Colonial Delaware Valley—An Archaeological Symposium” which is held annually during May.

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