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The Historical Hobbyist: Forced Bulbs Valentine’s Day Update

Written on: February 14th, 2013 in Historical HobbyistHorticulture

By: Edward McWilliams HCA Curator of Exhibits/C.A.R.E. Manager Beautiful blooms and fabulous flowers are the reward for a few hours of bulb preparation invested back in late October.  I thought now would be a good time to provide an update on the progress and fragrant success of the bulb project. Over the past several weeks […]


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archaeology

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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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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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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The Historical Hobbyist 1.2

Written on: October 31st, 2012 in Historical HobbyistHorticulture

Winter Gardening and the Forced Bloom: Bulb Trays and Flower Pots By Edward McWilliams, HCA Curator of Exhibits & C.A.R.E. Team Manager In our previous article from the Historical Hobbyist, we discussed the seasonal pastime of forcing bulbs to bloom in the winter. Of the four containers that this technique involves, we covered Bulb Jars […]


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The Historical Hobbyist 1.1

Written on: October 24th, 2012 in Historical HobbyistHorticulture

Winter Gardening and the Forced Bloom: Bulb Jars and Flower Bricks By Edward McWilliams, HCA Curator of Exhibits & C.A.R.E. Team Manager When you mention the month “October,” do you think pumpkins, gourds, and scarecrows? I think spring flowers blooming in winter! Yes, October is the time to start bulbs indoors for wintertime blooms. Imagine […]


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exhibits

Animating Delaware History: The State Seal

Written on: October 8th, 2012 in ExhibitsMuseums

  It’s the HCA Blog Premier of “Animating Delaware History!” We’ve been doing some work with our Delaware State Seal exhibit at The Old State House and our resident animator, Bradley Dotson, came up with a creative twist to the story behind the Seal:   Of course, this isn’t really how our State Seal came […]


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historic-sites

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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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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