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Division to sponsor 11 special events during November 2018

Written on: October 22nd, 2018 in Events Museums News

During the month of November, 2018, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 11 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.

Lead historic-site interpreter Gavin Malone will portray a World War I veteran discussing changes in American society between the 1910s and the 1920s in the program “Over There and Back Again!” that will take place at The Old State House on Nov. 11,

Lead historic-site interpreter Gavin Malone will portray a World War I veteran discussing changes in American society between the 1910s and the 1920s in the program “Over There and Back Again!” that will take place at The Old State House on Nov. 11, 2018.

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

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
“Some Like Classical.” Guided tours examine some of Victor Records’ earliest recordings of classical music 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, Nov. 3, 2018
“18th Century Market Fair.” Programs explore an era when The Green served as the focal point of life in Dover as historical interpreters explore the goods, wares and political attitudes of the 1700s. The Old State House will celebrate the fair with special tours and 18th-century-style demonstrations. First Saturday in the First State event sponsored by the First State Heritage Park. The Green, Dover. Programs 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Election Day. The following 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 and the New Castle Court House Museum, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Zwaanendael Museum, closed. 302-744-5054.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Return Day. The following 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 and the New Castle Court House Museum, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Zwaanendael Museum will be open on this Sussex County holiday from 10 a.m.–Noon. 302-744-5054.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Concert by Shane Palko. ‎ Alternative-folk music. 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, Nov. 10, 2018
“Veteran’s Walking Tours.” Programs include stories and visits to grave sites of notable New Castle veterans from America’s wars. Presented by the New Castle Court House Museum. Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Immanuel Episcopal Church, 100 Harmony St., New Castle. Free admission but reservations are requested by calling 302-323-4453.

The graveyard of Immanuel Episcopal Church will be one of the sites visited during the “Veterans Walking Tours” on Nov. 10, 2018. Tours will visit grave sites of notable New Castle veterans from America’s wars.

The graveyard of Immanuel Episcopal Church will be one of the sites visited during the “Veterans Walking Tours” on Nov. 10, 2018. Tours will visit grave sites of notable New Castle veterans from America’s wars.

Saturday, Nov. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Lecture by U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Manthorpe. In honor of Veterans Day and the signing of the armistice ending World War I, the program will explore the effects of the Great War on Lewes, Del. 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 Nov. 9, 2018.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
“Over There and Back Again!” One hundred years ago, World War I came to an end. The war caused significant changes to the United States. In this first-person interpretation, lead historic-site-interpreter Gavin Malone will portray a World War I veteran discussing the differences in American society between the 1910s and the early 1920s. The program will also feature music of the period. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 2 p.m. Museum open 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
Veterans Day. The following 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, open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum, closed. 302-744-5054.

The Johnson Victrola Museum will be open for visitation and tours on both Election Day and Veterans Day.

The Johnson Victrola Museum will be open for visitation and tours on both Election Day and Veterans Day.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
Dutch-American Heritage Day. Celebrate the anniversary of Nov. 16, 1776 when an American warship sailed into the harbor of the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies and was greeted by a friendly salute, the first ever given by a foreign power to the flag of the newly-independent United States. Activities include Dutch crafts, historical information and “The Golden Rock: The History and Archaeology of St. Eustatius,” a lecture by museum interpreter Fran Mahon at 2 p.m. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Lecture 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 Nov. 16, 2018.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
Bayberry candle workshops. Programs examine bayberries and their use in creating bayberry candles. Presented in partnership with the St. Jones Reserve. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Workshops to take place from 10 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations for the workshop are required by calling 302-739-3277 no later than Nov. 16, 2018.

Hand-dipped candles at the John Dickinson Plantation. Bayberry-candle-making workshops will be offered on Nov. 17, 2018.

Hand-dipped candles at the John Dickinson Plantation. Bayberry-candle-making workshops will be offered on Nov. 17, 2018.

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day. 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.

Friday, Nov. 23, 2018
Day After Thanksgiving. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
“Handmade for the Holidays.” Seasonal program in which visitors can create a sachet with herbs and spices. 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, Nov. 29, 2018
“Hospitality Night.” Holiday-themed program in which the museum will be decorated for the season by the Sussex Gardeners including luminarias lighting the entrance walkway. Activities will include historical interpreters, demonstrations, music and seasonal refreshments. Presented in partnership with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 5–8 p.m. 302-645-1148.

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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