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Division to sponsor 16 special events during October 2018

Written on: September 21st, 2018 in Events Museums News

During the month of October 2018, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 16 special programs at sites across the state. A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, all programs are free and open to the public.

The Victor Talking Machine Company Education Department will be explored in the program “Early 1900s Music Education” at the Johnson Victrola Museum on Oct. 6, 2018.

The Victor Talking Machine Company Education Department will be explored in the program “Early 1900s Music Education” at the Johnson Victrola Museum on Oct. 6, 2018.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, October 2018

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
“Early 1900s Music Education.” Accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines, guided tours will examine the history of the Victor Talking Machine Company Education Department founded by Frances Clark in 1911. The department’s mission was to take music-appreciation courses to the rural schools and to standardize music education. 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, Oct. 6, 2018
“Independence or the Bayonet: The Life and Times of Caesar Rodney.” Historical theater, presented in partnership with the Caesar Rodney High School Stage Crew & Thespians and the First State Heritage Park, explores the patriot who dedicated his life to serving his beloved Delaware. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Performances at 11 a.m.; and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Admission is free but, due to limited seating, reservations are strongly recommended by calling 302-302-739-9194. For information on The Old State House, call 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
River Towns Ride and Festival. Festivals in historic New Castle and Delaware City frame a bicycling event between the two cities. Family-oriented festival held from Noon–5 p.m. at the New Castle Court House Museum and The Green in New Castle will feature food and craft beer; music; children’s games, amusements and crafts; face painting; hay rides; and merchant and craft vendors. Free shuttle between towns. 302-323-4453.

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Columbus Day.  The Old State House will be open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The following museums will be closed: The John Dickinson Plantation, Johnson Victrola Museum, New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum. 302-744-5054.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Shakespeare, Poe and Fiends—A Night of Readings From the Dark Side.” Delaware Shakespeare presents dramatic readings for the Halloween season. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $18 available online at www.delshakes.org. 302-323-4453.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Queenstown and the Early Colonial Delmarva: An Archaeological and Historical Symposium.”  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 craig.lukezic@de.state.us.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
18th Century Trades Day.” Experience occupations of the 1700s including getting your hands dirty by preserving food in the smokehouse, dyeing cloth, weaving a rug on a loom and making bricks out of clay. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.

Dyeing fabric 1700s-style will be demonstrated at the John Dickinson Plantation’s “18th Century Trades Day” on Oct. 13, 2018.

Dyeing fabric 1700s-style will be demonstrated at the John Dickinson Plantation’s “18th Century Trades Day” on Oct. 13, 2018.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
“The Battle of the Chesapeake.” Multi-media presentation by historic-site interpreter Tom Welch on how the French fleet under Adm. de Grasse paved the way for the surrender of Gen. Cornwallis at Yorktown and the ultimate victory for the American forces over the British. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 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.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Shakespeare, Poe and Fiends—A Night of Readings From the Dark Side.” Delaware Shakespeare presents dramatic readings for the Halloween season. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 3 p.m. Museum open 1:30–4:30 p.m. Tickets $18 available online at www.delshakes.org. 302-744-5054.

Delaware Shakespeare will present dramatic readings for the Halloween season on Oct. 11 and 14, 2018.

Delaware Shakespeare will present dramatic readings for the Halloween season on Oct. 11 and 14, 2018.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Lecture on the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware. Program by Nena Todd, supervisor of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ downtown Dover museums, and Theo Braunskill, Lenapé Council member. Part of “Across the Ages to the Edge of the Sea,” a lecture series exploring the history of the Lewes area from the 17th to the 20th centuries. 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 Oct. 19, 2018.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation annual business meeting. Agenda to include review of two nominations to the National Register of Historic Places—Taylors’ Bridge School (New Castle County) and the Richard Allen School (Georgetown). The Delaware Room, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover. 10 a.m.–Noon. 302-736-7417.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
“Lantern Tours of the Plantation.” Programs explore the parties, games, dances and entertainment that would have abounded at the plantation during the nighttime in the 18th century. Activities will also include wagon-ride guided-tours conducted by staff of the St. Jones Reserve exploring the nocturnal life of the estuary. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Programs 5:30–6:30 p.m. and 7–8 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling the John Dickinson Plantation at 302-739-3277 no later than Oct. 25, 2018.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
William Penn Day. Day-long series of programs commemorating the 336th anniversary of Penn’s disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in the New World. Activities include a re-enactment of the Livery of Seisin ceremony at 10:15 a.m. in which Penn received possession of New Castle and a 12-mile circle of land surrounding it; “1670 Tryal of William Penn,” a historical play exploring Penn’s trial on religious freedom and the rights of English subjects under the law at 11:30 and 3:30 p.m.; “The Proprietress of Pennsylvania and Delaware—Hannah Penn,” a performance by historical re-enactor Jean Norvell at 1 p.m.; a performance by the Delaware Music School’s Suzuki Violins at 2:30 p.m.; a Baroque violin concert at 6 p.m.; and museum tours between performances from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 302-323-4453.

Re-enactment of the Livery of Seisin ritual inside the New Castle Court House Museum. The ceremony will be conducted as part of William Penn Day on Oct. 27, 2018.

Re-enactment of the Livery of Seisin ritual inside the New Castle Court House Museum. The ceremony will be conducted as part of William Penn Day on Oct. 27, 2018.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
“Governor’s Halloween Family Fun Fest.” Activities will include tours of the home, games and crafts. Woodburn: The Governor’s Residence, 151 Kings Highway S.W., Dover. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Free admission. In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be cancelled. For additional information or for notification of cancellation, call 302-739-5656 or e-mail kristy.huxhold@state.de.us.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
“Mysteries of History.” Walking tours explore the unusual tombstones of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church graveyard in Lewes. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Tours leaves from the museum at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations for the tours are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than Oct. 26, 2018.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
“Trick-or-Treat at Woodburn.” Gov. John Carney and first lady Tracey Carney will be giving out candy to trick-or-treaters who knock on the door. Woodburn: The Governor’s Residence, 151 Kings Highway S.W., Dover. 5– 8 p.m. Trick-or-treaters welcome regardless of any adverse weather conditions. Free admission. For additional information, call 302-739-5656 or e-mail kristy.huxhold@state.de.us.

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 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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