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South African Winery Rekindles Historic 18th Century Connection to Delaware

Written on: September 20th, 2013 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesMuseumsNewsPreservation

Bottle fragments from Lewes, Del.’s Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck traced to the venerable wine estate.


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Watch C-SPAN Segments Filmed in Dover, Del.

Written on: July 19th, 2013 in EducationHistoric SitesMultimediaNews

Beginning on July 20, 2013, C-SPAN, the public-affairs television network, will be posting 13 television segments on its website featuring the literary life and history of Delaware’s capital city of Dover. The segments can be viewed at the following Web address: www.c-span.org/LocalContent/Dover. C-SPAN will also be broadcasting the segments on non-fiction book channel BookTV (on […]


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More Archaeology on The Dover Green

Written on: January 16th, 2013 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesPreservation

By: Alice Guerrant As work has continued on The Green, we’ve had another unexpected discovery right outside our windows! Under the old sidewalk, the backhoe bucket hit a wall, which was subsequently uncovered, photographed, and mapped by HCA archaeologists. The wall was not very substantial, and included brick bats, a layer of roofing slates, and […]


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Energy Audits for Historic Homeowners

Written on: December 19th, 2012 in EducationHistoric SitesPreservation

By: Jesse Zanavich, Architectural Historian Delaware State Historic Preservation Office With the cold weather here and utility bills on the rise, many historic homeowners may be wondering what they can do to cost-effectively weatherize their homes. But before spending big money to replace your older windows (see Figure 1), first consider a home energy audit. […]


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Archaeology on The Dover Green

Written on: November 2nd, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesPreservation

By Alice Guerrant, Historic Archaeologist Have you been on The Green in Dover lately? The east side has mounds of dirt, equipment running around, and a lot of construction going on. It looks like a mess now, but the Division’s project will soon improve the sidewalks and landscaping in front of the Old State House […]


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Buena Vista In Bloom

Written on: August 29th, 2012 in Historic SitesHorticulture

Buena Vista Conference Center, a set on Flickr. The Buena Vista campus was just too beautiful to keep to ourselves last week. We thought we’d spread some of the love for those of you who won’t make it out to see it before summer’s end. Enjoy! Are there any other historic sites in bloom right […]


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Preservation Plan Draft Available for Comment

Written on: August 15th, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesPreservation

By: Alice Guerrant The staff of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has finished the first complete draft of the statewide historic preservation plan for 2013-2018. We’ve kept it as short as possible, while making sure the necessary background is included. Help us make the plan better! Click here to download a copy of […]


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Delaware and the War of 1812: Part IV

Written on: August 13th, 2012 in EducationEventsExhibitsHistoric Sites

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology While the fighting was occurring in America, peace negotiations had been taking place in Russia, and later in Belgium. One of Delaware’s senators, James A. Bayard, would be one of the American commissioners who helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent, which was signed on December 24, 1814 ending […]


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Delaware and the War of 1812: Part III

Written on: August 6th, 2012 in ArchaeologyEducationEventsHistoric SitesNews

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology The year 1814 saw the inauguration of a new governor— Daniel Rodney of Lewes. Like his predecessor, he continued to oversee and maintain the active defense of the state. Defensive measures continued with Delawareans manning the various fortifications and ongoing militia service. During the year, Delaware ceded Pea […]


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Delaware and the War of 1812: Part II

Written on: July 30th, 2012 in ArchaeologyEducationEventsHistoric SitesNews

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology The initial actions and campaigns of the war took place along the Canadian border and on the high seas. However, that would change in late 1812. In December, the British government would declare the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays to be in a state of blockade, and by the […]


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