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Remembering Charles Parks

Written on: November 8th, 2012 in News

On October 25th, Delaware said goodbye to a beloved artist and friend in Charles Parks. Mr. Parks passed on at the age of 90 in Wilmington, Delaware. Just over a year ago, the State of Delaware was honored to accept the generous donation of more than 300 sculptures and personal objects from the famed sculptor’s […]


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Remembering Jack Lewis

Written on: August 21st, 2012 in News

We were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of beloved Delaware artist, Jack Lewis. With a career spanning the course of nearly a century, Mr. Lewis created a prolific body of work that captured and brought out the beauty in Delaware and Delawareans alike. The State of Delaware is fortunate to have more […]


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archaeology

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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Johnson Victrola Museum featured on America’s Lost Treasures

Written on: August 3rd, 2012 in MultimediaMuseumsNews

Last February, we shared a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of a film crew from the National Geographic Channel working on a segment from their new show, America’s Lost Treasures, at the Johnson Victrola Museum. For those of you who didn’t get to see the finished product’s premiere last Wednesday, here’s a taste of what you missed: Has […]


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archaeology

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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Delaware and the War of 1812: An Introduction

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in ArchaeologyEducationEventsHistoric SitesNews

By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology 200 years have passed since the War of 1812, but few realize the dynamic role that the First State and its citizens played within the conflict. This article is the first of four excerpts to be blogged from Mr. Fithian’s essay entitled, “For the Common Defense,” “Infernals,” and […]


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Delaware Week of Service Kicks Off at Belmont Hall

Written on: April 15th, 2012 in EventsNewsVolunteerism

Special thanks to all of the volunteers for joining Governor, First Lady, and Rue Markell this afternoon at historic Belmont Hall in Smyrna to kick off Delaware’s 2012 Week of Service! More pictures to come! How are you participating in this year’s Week of Service?


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“Raising the DeBraak,” Part 1: Murky Waters

Written on: February 21st, 2012 in ArchaeologyNewsPreservation

Last November, HCA announced an initiative to begin conservation work on the hull of the HMB DeBraak. One of the conservation team’s most urgent objectives was to improve the hull’s support-system and to add a water-filtration system that cleans the water that is used to keep the hull wet. Over the last several weeks, HCA […]


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A Blog from the HCA Gardens: Top 5 Things We Do in the Winter

Written on: February 9th, 2012 in Historic SitesHorticultureNews

By: Ken Darsney, Curator of Horticulture Being someone who has decided to work outside for a living, there are two questions I get asked more than anything else. The first, which happens in the summer, is: “Hot enough for ya?” at which I reply, “Yes. Yes it is.” The second, and much more legitimate, question […]


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Planning So Our Historic Places Have a Future

Written on: February 7th, 2012 in ArchaeologyHistoric SitesNewsPreservation

By Alice Guerrant It’s important every so often to step back and evaluate what you’ve done so that you can see if you need to change something. Every five years, the State Historic Preservation Office leads the effort to produce a new statewide historic preservation plan. This is our chance as historic preservationists to ask […]


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