The U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service has recently released its fiscal year 2015 reports on the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program which encourages private-sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings.
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EXHIBIT CLOSED on Jan. 28, 2017
From April 2, 2016 to Jan. 28, 2017, Lewes, Del.’s Zwaanendael Museum featured the exhibit “Wine and Spirits in Delaware: Producing, Preserving, and Presenting” which utilized graphics as well as historical objects from the collections of the State of Delaware to tell the story of Delaware’s wine and spirits trade from the time of European settlement to the present day. Historical items on display in the exhibit included bottles, jugs and flasks used as containers for wine, spirits and mixers; decanters, goblets and glasses used for serving these beverages; and accessories including a liquor chest, trays, trivets, corks, corkscrews and a bitters shaker.
Highlights from the exhibit included displays on distillers from the past including Levy & Glosking of Dover which produced fruit brandies and rye whiskey from the late-19th century to the beginning of Prohibition in 1920, Diamond State Distilling Co. of Cheswold which produced apple jack from 1933 to 1948 and William Brown Distiller of Fruit Brandies from west of Felton which operated from the early-20th century to 1920. Present day spirits-manufacturers featured in the exhibit included Dogfish Head of Milton and Rehoboth Beach, Painted Stave Distilling Co. of Smyrna, Delaware Distilling Co. of Rehoboth Beach and Beach Time Distilling of Lewes.
Research has produced no evidence of Delaware wine-making for commercial purposes until the 1993 opening of Nassau Valley Vineyards located near Lewes. The exhibit included information on that vineyard as well as other present-day Delaware wineries including Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery in Felton, Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel and Fenwick Wine Cellars in Selbyville.
On March 14, 2016, the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office released a report on some of the most significant accomplishments that it has achieved during the past year. A unit of the state’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the office administers a broad range of federal and state programs that identify, register and help to preserve Delaware’s historic places and unique cultural identity.
Go to the following to read the report.
During the month of April 2016, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be offering 19 special programs at sites across the state. Except for the April 17 lecture at the Hale-Byrnes House, all programs are free and open to the public.
Highlights of the month include “An Afternoon with Edgar Allan Poe,” an interactive program featuring portrayals of characters from the author’s short stories “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” plus readings of selected poems. The program will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at The Old State House located at 25 The Green in Dover. Due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Delaware’s long-standing connection to the Netherlands—which stretches back in time to the state’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631 in present-day Lewes—will be explored in three programs that will take place at the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes.
From Thursday to Saturday, April 7 to 16, the museum will feature Dutch games, crafts and a display of Delftware ceramics as part of the Lewes Tulip Celebration, a city-wide series of activities celebrating Lewes’ Dutch roots. On Saturday, April 16, the museum will celebrate Dutch-American Friendship Day which commemorates April 19, 1782, the day that John Adams, who would later become the second president of the United States, was received by the States General in The Hague and recognized as Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. It was also the day that the house he had purchased at Fluwelen Burgwal 18 in The Hague was to become the first American embassy in the world. Finally, on Saturday, April 30, the museum will present King’s Day, a celebration of the birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Lastly, the Delaware Quilt Documentation Project, a collaboration between the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the University of Delaware, will be holding a quilt documentation day on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lewes Presbyterian Church located at 133 Kings Highway in Lewes. Owners of quilts made before 1950 are encouraged to bring their quilts to this session which is designed to record the rich tradition of quilt-making in Delaware.
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special programs, April 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
“Lyrics That Make You Laugh.” Humorous songs have been popular since the beginning recorded sound. Guided tours will spotlight these delightful tunes accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
“An Afternoon with Edgar Allan Poe.” Experience Poe’s writings in this interactive program which features portrayals of characters from “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” plus readings of selected poems. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Wednesday April 6, 2016
“1770–1773: Early in the Revolutionary Decade.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Bob Vander Decker. Part four of “The Founding of America in One Year,” a year-long series that examines important local and national events that led to the founding of the United States. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 7 p.m. 302-323-4453.
Wednesdays April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2016
“Watercolor Wednesdays.” Explore the hues of the John Dickinson mansion, learn about 18th-century paint colors and paint a scene. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
“His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Tom Pulmano explores the DeBraak, a British warship that was escorting and protecting a convoy of British and American merchant ships en route to the United States when it was capsized and lost off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798. Part two of the four-part Coffee-Hour Lecture Series. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Thursday–Saturday, April 7–16, 2016
Lewes Tulip Celebration. City-wide series of activities including tours and displays at the Zwaanendael Museum. Sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Downtown Lewes. 302-645-8073.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Literary Reading. Featuring Delaware writers Liz Dolan, Larry Kelts, Maria Masington, Phillip Bannowsky, Jim Bourey and more. Part of the statewide Delaware Literary Reading Series 2016. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Program at 1 p.m. on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than April 8, 2016.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild. Program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 1–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
“A Night of Delaware Poetry.” In celebration of National Poetry Month, historic-site interpreter Courtney Lynahan will explore the lives and read poems of esteemed Delaware poets including Solomon Gibbs. Part three of the four-part Coffee-Hour Lecture Series. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Dutch-American Friendship Day. Discover Delaware’s Dutch roots and learn how that connection is alive today. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-645-1148.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
“Marquette Shaw: A Delaware Poet for All Seasons.” Poet, singer, dancer and actor, Marquette Shaw will entertain audiences with his unique rendition of all things Delaware. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
“Documenting Historic Structures: John Dickinson Plantation.” Lecture by Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs historian Madeline Dunn on the home of the “Penman of the Revolution.” Part one of the series, “This Place Matters: Talks About Delaware Places and Spaces,” presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Hale-Byrnes House, 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark. 4–6 p.m. Admission charge includes refreshments. 302-543-5723.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
“Who is Louis McLane?” Program by historic-site interpreter Tom Welch on Delaware native Louis McLane, the son of a Revolutionary War hero who served in the administrations of multiple U.S. presidents. Final segment of the four-part Coffee-Hour Lecture Series. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Earth Day at the John Dickinson Plantation. Special guided tours explore environmental issues of deforestation, salt-water infiltration and coastal flooding from an 18th-century perspective. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Activities 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
King’s Day. Celebration of the birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in a program that will also explore royal titles and Delaware’s Dutch connection. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-645-1148.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Quilt Documentation Day. Owners of quilts made before 1950 are encouraged to bring their quilts to this session which is designed to record Delaware’s rich tradition of quilt-making. Sponsored by the Delaware Quilt Documentation Project. Lewes Presbyterian Church, 133 Kings Highway, Lewes. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. 302-739-6402.
Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events.