On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Delaware, will present the “Archaeological and Historical Symposium of the Colonial Delaware Valley.” The symposium is designed to build a regional-level dialog that can identify the uniqueness of the region’s Colonial cultures in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The symposium will take place at the New Castle Court House Museum located at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle, Del. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Craig Lukezic at email@example.com or call 302-736-7407.
Members of the public are invited to attend the next meeting of the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation which will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. at The Old State House located at 25 The Green in Dover, Del. As part of the meeting, the review board will discuss the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the Dinker-Irvin Cottage in Bethany Beach. The meeting will also include the presentation of a certificate acknowledging the National Register listing of Harrington’s St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the introduction of two new members of the State Review Board for Historic Preservation: Dr. Reba Hollingsworth of Dover and Jim Ellison of Rehoboth Beach.
Due to limited spaces, attendees are encouraged to park their cars at the Delaware Public Archives located at 121 Martin Luther King Blvd. North in Dover.
In accordance with the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, this meeting is open to the public and copies of the minutes will be made available upon request in accordance with the law. Written comments should be submitted prior to the meeting date. Oral comments and questions will be invited during the meeting.
For additional information, please contact Madeline Dunn, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ National Register coordinator via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 302-736-7417.
Individuals needing reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act may call 302-736-7400 by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has launched a new online exhibit entitled “Drawing America to Victory: The Persuasive Power of the Arts in World War I.” The exhibit revolves around 27 World War I propaganda-posters from the State of Delaware’s extensive World War I collection.
Artfully designed to encourage Americans to support and participate in the Great War, the posters utilized vibrant colors and realistic detail to rouse the American patriotic spirit. The exhibit is organized according to themes depicted in the posters including, among others, a call to arms, the sale of war bonds, support for the Red Cross, the role of women in the war and rationing of food and resources. The exhibit is augmented by other items from the state’s World War I collection including military equipment and uniforms, medals, Red Cross related items and uniforms, personal letters, postcards, books, photographs, advertisements and sound recordings. In order to reach the widest audience possible, the division decided to make these items accessible to the public through an online exhibit rather than putting them physically on display.
“Drawing America to Victory: The Persuasive Power of the Arts in World War I” was developed by members of the division’s CARE Team and volunteers.
Written on: March 24th, 2017 in News
On Monday, March 20, 2017, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Director Tim Slavin announced that accounting specialist Dominique Martucci had been promoted to the position of accountant, replacing Dianna Harris who retired in February 2017. Tammy Dayton, who has been working at the front desk of the division’s main office at 21 The Green in Dover, was, in turn, promoted to accounting specialist to replace Martucci. Both women are members of the division’s Business Administration Team which provides fiscal and administrative-support services for the agency.
A lifelong resident of Kent County, Del., Dominique Martucci joined the division in 2003 as a temporary receptionist. Over the years, she has taken on greater responsibilities including budget management and processing of bills and purchase orders which have helped prepare her for her new role as the agency’s accountant.
Tammy Dayton, also a lifetime Kent County resident, joined the division in 2007 as a Casual/Seasonal employee. Her many contributions to the agency include assisting in the development of the agency’s disaster-preparedness plan, service on the Community Engagement Committee and processing of accounts receivable. Dayton moonlights as a school-bus driver and serves as the vice president of Women’s Delaware 500 Club, a bowlers association.
By Bridget Wallace, volunteer services coordinator, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
Have you ever wanted to portray historical characters, help preserve museum collections or lend a hand in beautifying the grounds and gardens of historic places? If so, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Volunteer Program is your place to make a difference in Delaware history.
Volunteers of every age and background are needed at division museums and historic sites across the state. Volunteer activities run the whole gamut from highly skilled tasks such as artifact conservation, to service as museum docents, to simple clerical activities. Whether you’re looking to gain experience, learn something new, share your skills or just give back to your community, the division welcomes all who are willing to serve.
While the Volunteer Program provides obvious benefits to the division, it also provides meaningful rewards to the volunteers themselves such as the satisfaction of helping to preserve some of Delaware’s most historic places and supporting cultural programs that benefit all of the state’s people, while at the same time, working in beautiful locations where you will feel history come alive.
In observance of National Volunteer Week, the division will be holding a service project on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road south of Dover. As part of the project, volunteers will work with staff leaders to complete tasks including planting shrubs and trees; mulching; cleaning signs, windows, picnic tables and benches; painting; and making minor repairs. If you are interested in helping to conserve one of the most historic and beautiful sites in Delaware, register for this service project by contacting me at 302-736-7411 or HCA_VolunteerSvcs@state.de.us.
During the month of April 2017, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 18 special programs at sites across the state. A full schedule is included below. All programs are free and open to the public.
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, April 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
“USS Delaware: A Force to Be Reckoned With.” Program examines the beginning of World War I and the involvement of the dreadnought USS Delaware in the conflict. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
“Over There: World War I and the Victor Talking Machine Company.” Program explores music’s influence during World War I when patriotic songs were being composed throughout America. Hear 78-rpm recordings of this inspirational music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines, and explore how the Victor Talking Machine Company’s Camden, N.J. factory led the fight to make the world safe for democracy. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Program at 3:30 p.m. in the museum’s 2nd floor gallery (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-739-3262. Note: The starting time for this program has changed from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
“Founding Fathers and Mothers: Washington.” First installment of the four-part Coffee Hour Lecture Series featuring a team of scholars and historians discussing Founding Fathers of the United States and the women in their lives. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Thursday–Saturday, April 6–15, 2017
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 8, 2017
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.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
“Listen Up! The Finale.” Concluding segment featuring all of the youth poets who participated in Listen Up!,” a year-long series that features young people who utilize poetry, theater, dance and song to create compositions that celebrate different aspects of Delaware history. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Performance at 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.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Annual meeting of the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware. Program to include a panel discussion featuring Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project; historical interpreter Roberta Perkins; and Colin Adams-Toomey, interpretative-programs manager for First State Heritage Park. Co-sponsored by the John Dickinson Plantation. Program at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Rd., Dover. 3–4:30 p.m. Free admission. 302-739-3277.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Meet Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project. Activity to take place in the log’d dwelling, an example of the type of structure that would have been lived in by the plantation’s tenants and enslaved people. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 6–9 p.m. 302-739-3277.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
“Founding Fathers and Mothers: Adams and Franklin.” Second installment of the four-part Coffee Hour Lecture Series featuring a team of scholars and historians discussing Founding Fathers of the United States and the women in their lives. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Good Friday. All museums of the State of Delaware will be open: The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; the John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday. All museums of the State of Delaware (the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum) will be closed. 302-744-5054.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation meeting. Agenda to include review of National Register nomination of the Dinker-Irvin Cottage in Bethany Beach. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 10 a.m.–Noon. 302-736-7417.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
“Founding Fathers and Mothers: Jefferson and Madison.” Third installment of the four-part Coffee Hour Lecture Series featuring a team of scholars and historians discussing Founding Fathers of the United States and the women in their lives. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
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 22, 2017
Earth Day at the John Dickinson Plantation. Celebrate Earth Day with a hike on the estate of the “Penman of the Revolution” followed by a potpourri-making demonstration. Dress appropriately. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Hikes at 11 a.m. and 1:30 pm. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations for the hike are required by calling 302-739-3277 no later than April 21. 302-739-3277.
Monday, April 24, 2017
John Dickinson Plantation service project in observance of National Week of Service. Join staff and volunteers in a variety of service activities including early spring gardening, cleaning benches and picnic tables, painting and collecting debris from the property. Registration is recommended by contacting the division’s Volunteer Services Coordinator at 302-736-7411 or HCA_VolunteerSvcs@state.de.us. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 1–4 p.m. 302-739-3277.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
“Founding Fathers and Mothers: Hamilton.” Final installment of the four-part Coffee Hour Lecture Series featuring a team of scholars and historians discussing Founding Fathers of the United States and the women in their lives. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
“Archaeological and Historical Symposium of the Colonial Delaware Valley.” Featuring informal presentations, the program is designed to build a regional-level dialog that can identify the uniqueness of the Colonial cultures of the Delaware Valley. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-323-4453. To reserve a place, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
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.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
SpringFest at Fort Christina. Event explores the Colonial-era cultures of the Lenape, Swedes, Finns, Dutch and English. Activities include food, music, entertainment, children’s games and more. Seventh Street peninsula in Wilmington including Fort Christina National Historic Landmark, 1110 E. Seventh St., Wilmington. Noon–4 p.m. 312-652-5629.
Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of events sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
On March 13, 2017, 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.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently issued a policy statement designed to encourage local communities undergoing revitalization to integrate historic preservation principles in their planning and redevelopment activities.
The policy statement was developed with the assistance of a work group composed of federal and state agencies, preservationists and non-profit organizations following publication of the council’s 2014 report “Managing Change: Preservation and Rightsizing in America.” That report revealed that communities did not consider historic preservation when making rightsizing decisions. It offers a number of principles that should be considered by stakeholders to incorporate historic preservation into revitalization efforts:
–Tax credits and tax incentives can be used to promote historic preservation projects that preserve local assets
–Historic preservation should be incorporated in local planning efforts that focus on sustainability and smart growth
–Effective citizen engagement that reflects the diversity of the community can assist in identifying historic properties and cultural resources that should be considered for preservation and reuse
–Flexibility in the treatment of some historic buildings in Section 106 reviews can help achieve broader neighborhood preservation goals
The council plans an extensive outreach campaign on the new policy, including webinars that will explain, among other things, the use of local, state and federal tax credits to stimulate historic preservation projects in targeted communities.
An independent federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation promotes the economic, educational, environmental, sustainability and cultural values of historic preservation, and advises the president and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also influences federal activities, programs and policies that affect historic and cultural properties.
The National Park Service has recently prepared a rehabilitation and use plan for the Sheriff’s House located at 10 Market St. in New Castle, Del. Originally owned by the State of Delaware and administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the historic structure was transferred to the federal government in 2013 as part of the process of creating the First State National Historical Park. Compatible adaptive-reuse of the building is needed so that it can be used as park administration-space, and as a centralized visitor contact station and orientation point for information on all sites within the park.
The rehabilitation and use plan for the Sheriff’s House is now available for public review and comment. The comment period closes March 31, 2017. In addition, the Park Service will hold a public meeting to review the plan, answer questions and discuss upcoming steps. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the New Castle Court House Museum located at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle, Del. For additional information, call 302-544-6363.
On Jan. 30, 2017, the National Park Service announced that the city of New Castle had been accorded the status of a Certified Local Government. Part of a nationwide effort, the Certified Local Government Program in Delaware is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the Park Service. The program strengthens preservation efforts at the local-level by providing technical and financial assistance while encouraging successful preservation programs and practices. Delaware now has seven Certified Local Governments: Delaware City, Dover, Lewes, Milton, city of New Castle, New Castle County and the city of Wilmington.
Founded by the Dutch under Peter Stuyvesant in 1651, the town that would later be called New Castle served as Delaware’s Colonial and state capital from 1704 until 1777. The city’s well-preserved historic district retains many original structures built between 1698 and 1873 representing a wide variety of architectural styles including Dutch Colonial, Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival. Two division-administered properties—the New Castle Court House Museum and The Green—are components of the First State National Historical Park which has its headquarters in Delaware’s original capital city.
In April 2016, the division completed a year-long, $350,000 capital improvement project at four properties that it administers in New Castle—the Court House, Green, Arsenal and Academy. In June of that same year, the agency was recognized for its efforts as the recipient of the New Castle Historical Society’s 2016 Bamberger Historic Preservation Award.
For information about the New Castle Historic District National Historic Landmark, as well as individual New Castle properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, go to Delaware’s Cultural and Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). Go to the following for information on the city of New Castle’s Historic Area Commission and its design guidelines and standards for exterior alterations of existing buildings and new construction in the city’s historic district.