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National Women’s History Month events among 16 special programs at division museums during March 2018

Written on: February 22nd, 2018 in Events Museums

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be hosting 16 special events during the month of March 2018 at the museums of the State of Delaware. Twelve of these programs will be presented in celebration of National Women’s History Month. A full schedule is included below. All programs are free and open to the public.

Operatic soprano Rosa Ponselle will be one of the artists featured in the “Women of Victor” program at the Johnson Victrola Museum on March 3, 2018.

Operatic soprano Rosa Ponselle will be one of the artists featured in the “Women of Victor” program at the Johnson Victrola Museum on March 3, 2018.

Designated by joint resolutions of the United States House of Representatives and Senate and proclaimed by the American president, National Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women’s lives and historic achievements. Each year National Women’s History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme. For 2018, the theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special programs, March 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018
“The Road to the Vote.”
Guided tours highlight the women’s suffrage movement in Delaware, the 19th Amendment and the discussions held in Delaware’s historic capitol regarding its passage. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday March 3, 2018
“The Women of Victor.” Guided tours focusing on the talented female vocalists of the Victor Talking Machine Company and how they paved the way for the divas of today, accompanied by early recordings of those artists 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, March 3, 2018
“A Woman’s World: Quill Pen Writing.” Women on the plantation communicated their thoughts and ideas through letters and journals. Drop-in to try your hand at quill pen writing and learn penmanship techniques of the 18th century. 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.

Historic-site interpreters Vertie Lee (left) and Barbara Carrow portray two of the women who lived and worked at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Historic-site interpreters Vertie Lee (left) and Barbara Carrow portray two of the women who lived and worked at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Monday–Saturday, March 5–10, 2018
“Stories of Courage and Freedom.” Part of the “Find Your Freedom” series held in celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day. Program will feature stories of bravery, courage and freedom, and visitors can obtain The Old State House Network to Freedom cancellation stamp. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

 Celebrate March 10, National Harriet Tubman Day, with programs at The Old State House and John Dickinson Plantation.

Celebrate March 10, National Harriet Tubman Day, with programs at The Old State House and John Dickinson Plantation.

Friday, March 9, 2018
Concert by Single Origin. Singer/songwriter duo. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 7:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
“Stories of Slavery and Freedom.” In celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day, special history-based tours explore the lives of free and enslaved African-American women. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
“London in Wartime: Ration Books, Bomb Shelters and the Blitz.” Presentation features personal memories of World War II by New Castle resident Jean Norvell who grew up in war-torn London, remembering air raids, bombing and air-raid shelters. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 7 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Jean Norvell will share her childhood experiences growing up during Britain’s “darkest hour” in the program, “London in Wartime: Ration Books, Bomb Shelters and the Blitz,” that will take place at the New Castle Court House Museum on March 14, 2018.

Jean Norvell will share her childhood experiences growing up during Britain’s “darkest hour” in the program, “London in Wartime: Ration Books, Bomb Shelters and the Blitz,” that will take place at the New Castle Court House Museum on March 14, 2018.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
“A Woman’s World: Journal Making.” Women have been integral in documenting the history of the plantation through letters and journals. Drop-in for this activity and create your own handmade journal. 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.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
“The Minstrel Boy: The Life of John McCormack.” In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, this program by museum interpreter Gavin Malone explores the life of the noted Irish tenor John McCormack, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Program at 1 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.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
“A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat, Parts Two and Three.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter on the glory days of the American whaling industry (1783–1861) followed by its decline and death (1861–1927). Final segment of “Global to Local: International Events and the First State,” a five-part series exploring how world events impacted Delaware’s history. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Program at 2 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 for the lecture are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than March 23, 2018. Program incorporates material originally scheduled to be presented on Dec. 9, 2017.

Friday, March 30, 2018
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.

Administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the five 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—tell the story of the First State’s contributions to the history and culture of the United States. Through tours, exhibits, school programs and hands-on activities, the museums shine a spotlight on Delaware’s unique history and the diverse people who came to live there. The museums are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest recognition afforded to museums in the United States. The New Castle Court House Museum and the John Dickinson Plantation are partner sites of the First State National Historical Park. The Old State House is located on the Dover Green, another partner site of the park.

Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events.

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