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Division seeks maintenance/trades mechanic and historic-site interpreter

Written on: January 29th, 2019 in News

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is currently seeking qualified applicants for the positions of maintenance/trades mechanic and museum/historic-site interpreter. Job applications are available by going to the Delaware Employment Link.

Based at the division’s maintenance facility in Dover, the Physical Plant Maintenance/Trades Mechanic I will be responsible for completing basic repairs in several trade fields and performing routine preventative maintenance and repair work at the semi-skilled level. Application opening date: Jan. 26, 2019. Closing date: Feb. 8, 2019

Based at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, the historic-site interpreter will serve as one of the museum’s front-line connections with the public, adding a human face to Delaware history. Through tours and special programming, the historic-site interpreter will provide in-depth information about Delaware’s historic places and help bring the people and events of the past to life. Application opening date: Jan. 30, 2019. Closing date: Feb. 12, 2019.

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Division releases 2018 annual report

Written on: January 28th, 2019 in MuseumsNewsPreservation

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has released its annual report which illustrates the efforts that the agency has undertaken to build a solid infrastructure that will preserve and protect Delaware’s irreplaceable cultural legacies for future generations. Go to the following to read the full report: Building for the Future to Preserve Delaware’s Past.

 

 

 

 


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African American History Month programs among 13 special events at division museums during February 2019

Written on: January 24th, 2019 in EventsMuseumsNews

During the month of February 2019, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be offering 13 special events at the museums of the State of Delaware. Ten of these events will be presented in commemoration of African American History Month, an annual observance celebrating the invaluable contributions that the Black community has made to the culture and history of the United States. All programs listed are free and open to the public.

Members of the Harlem Hellfighters who served during World War I. The experience of Black soldiers during and after the war will be explored in the program “The Not So Great War: African Americans and World War I” at The Old State House on Feb. 23, 2019.

Members of the Harlem Hellfighters who served during World War I. The experience of Black soldiers during and after the war will be explored in the program “The Not So Great War: African Americans and World War I” at The Old State House on Feb. 23, 2019.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, February 2019

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
“African American Music and the Victor Talking Machine Company.” African American History Month guided tours explore the musical careers of some of the most famous Black artists who worked for the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1901 to 1929, 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, Feb. 2, 2019
“The African American Experience in Delaware.” Historic-site interpreter Dennis Fisher explores Delaware’s rich African American culture, history and legacy from the 18th to the 20th century. 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.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
Concert by Steffi & Tim. ‎ Mix of original compositions, jazz and world 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, Feb. 9, 2019
“Old State House Stories of Courage and Freedom.” African American History Month interpretive tours focus on three compelling stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at the Old State House. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
“The Evolution of Black Recorded Music: Behind the Music Part I.” Opening segment of an African American History Month program by museum interpreters Chris Hall an d Gavin Malone that explores companies from the early days of the record industry including Black Swan, Columbia, Gennett, Paramount and Victor that took chances on recording black artists, accompanied by early 78-rpm recordings of Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Billie Holiday 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. 302-739-3262.

Black Swan was a jazz and blues record label that recorded African American artists in the 1920s.

Black Swan was a jazz and blues record label that recorded African American artists in the 1920s.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
“Revolutionary Drinks on the Delaware.” Lecture by Marcos Salaverria, director of education for the Lewes Historical Society, who will explore the consumption of chocolate, tea and coffee in Delaware during the 18th century. 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 Feb. 8, 2019.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
“Community and Identity at First African Baptist Church Cemeteries.” African-American History Month lecture by John P. McCarthy, RPA, cultural preservation specialist for Delaware State Parks, explores burial practices as expressions of the integration of African beliefs and practices in the spiritual life of Philadelphia African Americans. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 11 a.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
“The Evolution of Black Recorded Music: Behind the Music Part II.” Final segment of an African American History Month program by museum interpreters Chris Hall and Gavin Malone that explores companies from the early days of the record industry including Black Swan, Columbia, Gennett, Paramount and Victor that took chances on recording African American artists, accompanied by early 78-rpm recordings of Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Billie Holiday 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. 302-739-3262.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
“Civility Ascendant: Celebrating George Washington’s Rules for Civil Behavior and Their Legacy for American Politics.” Presentation by Dr. Sam Hoff of Delaware State University on the 110 rules of behavior that George Washington used as a pattern for his life. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 2 p.m. Museum open 1:30–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are suggested by calling 302-744-5054.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
Presidents 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 following museums will be closed: The John Dickinson Plantation, the New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum. 302-744-5054.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Washington’s Birthday. 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, Feb. 23, 2019
“African American Music and the Victor Talking Machine Company.” African American History Month guided tours explore the musical careers of some of the most famous Black artists who worked for the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1901 to 1929, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
“The Not So Great War: African Americans and World War I.” In the 50 years after the end of slavery not much had changed for Black Americans, but with their service in World War I, Black soldiers saw that things could be different. In this African American History Month program, historic-site interpreter Gavin Malone will look at how Black Americans were treated both at home and abroad during the war and how, despite great expectations, little improvement happened in the following decades. 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, Feb. 23, 2019
The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.” Opening of a new display that explores Delaware’s role in the clandestine network that transported American slaves to freedom, the Black experience in Delaware after the Civil War and African American trailblazers from Delaware who helped break racial and gender barriers. Activities include “Delaware Black History: Past and Present, “ a lecture at 11 a.m. by Dr. James Newton, professor emeritus of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware; a 1 p.m. re-enactment of the 1848 trial of Thomas Garrett who was found guilty in aiding in the escape of the enslaved Hawkins family; and “Songs of a Faithful People” performed by Valerie Boyer at 2 p.m. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Dr. James Newton will speak at the New Castle Court House Museum on Feb. 23, 2019 as part of the opening of the display “The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.”

Dr. James Newton will speak at the New Castle Court House Museum on Feb. 23, 2019 as part of the opening of the display “The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.”

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
“Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad.” Screening of the award-winning film that examines the firsthand efforts of Thomas Garrett, William Still and Harriet Tubman in helping to free American slaves. Starring Ed Asner and Blair Underwood, and filmed in New Castle and other Delaware sites. Presented in conjunction with the display “The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.” New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Program at 2 p.m. Museum open 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-323-4453.

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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