newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. July 29, 2016

Historical and Cultural Affairs

The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

July 29, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 7


Division produces rack cards advertising the state’s museums and DeBraak tours

Cards evoke the experiences that visitors can expect when they visit these iconic places in Delaware history.

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Division to sponsor 18 special events during August 2016

History meets sci-fi, vintage classical-recordings and the raid on the John Dickinson Mansion to be featured.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates re-opening of Fort Christina National Historic Landmark

Wilmington landmark is situated on the approximate site of the first permanent European settlement in Delaware.

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Division director Tim Slavin earns Certified Facility Manager credential

Certification awarded by the International Facilities Management Association.

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Division welcomes three new historic-site interpreters

New museum employees help bring the people and events of the past to life.

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Reservations still available forLost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak”

Tours explore the surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck.

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Help Save Delaware History

Delaware General Assembly passes resolution commending the National Historic Preservation Act

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the act’s passage.

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Chautauqua celebrates lessons of the past

Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—July 20, 2016

Preservation50 was the theme of the June event in Lewes.

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National Park Service awards over $1 Million to preserve American battlefields

Moultrie News, Charleston, S.C.—June 26, 2016

Awards include $71,500 for archaeological investigations of Fort Casimir in New Castle.

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Grants for historic preservation

National Park Service now accepting applications for National Maritime Heritage Grants.

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Preserving Our Past for a Better Future: Delaware’s Historic Preservation Plan, 2013–2017”

Document provides a roadmap for focusing on the broad goals and needs of Delaware's preservation community.

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Media Roundup

The following Delaware history-related articles have recently appeared in the media:

Fort Christina Park to open July 19

Milford Beacon, Del.—July 18, 2016

Wilmington landmark marks the site of the first permanent European settlement in Delaware.

Center features Kalmar Nyckel training deck, models, more

News Journal, Wilmington, Del.—July 11, 2016

Article includes information on notes Fort Christina National Historic Landmark.

Nature rains on Dover’s celebration, but not history

Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—July 5, 2016

Article includes information on Independence Day programs at The Old State House.

Articles on Delaware’s beach resorts

Includes information on the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes.

Delaware beach towns: Hotels, ice cream, more

Newsday, Melville, N.Y.—July 13, 2016

Lovely Little Lewes

Travel and Lore, Ashville, N.C.—July 7, 2016


Monday, Aug. 1

157th AnniversaryFenwick Island Lighthouse

Wednesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31

Lost Off Lewes: Tours of the British Warship DeBraak – Zwaanendael Museum

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Hale-Byrnes Open HouseHale-Byrnes House

Wednesdays, Aug, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Weaving Wednesdays – John Dickinson Plantation

Saturday, Aug. 6

Some Like Classical – Johnson Victrola Museum

Caesar Rodney Meets Dr. Who – The Old State House

Raiding the Mansion – John Dickinson Plantation

Sunday, Aug. 7

National Lighthouse DayFenwick Island Lighthouse

Saturday, Aug. 13

Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild – John Dickinson Plantation

Battle of Cooch's BridgeHale-Byrnes House

Sunday, Aug. 14

History of the Maull House in LewesHale-Byrnes House

Saturday, Aug. 20

Running of the Mill – Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

For a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events, go here.

Exhibits and displays

Thru Dec. 31, 2016

Wine and Spirits in Delaware: Producing, Preserving, and Presenting – Zwaanendael Museum

Thru mid-April, 2017

The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016 – The Old State House


Discovering Delaware’s Maritime PastZwaanendael Museum

Emeline Hawkins: Her Journey from Slavery to Freedom on the Underground Railroad – New Castle Court House Museum

Sculpture by Charles Parks – New Castle Court House Museum

A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World – Zwaanendael Museum

Simple Machines – John Dickinson Plantation


Historical and Cultural Affairs

The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Historical and Cultural Affairs is designed to stimulate public interest in the division's museums, programs and services, and to increase awareness of the value that history and historic preservation bring to the lives of Delaware's citizens and visitors. The newsletter is distributed during the last week of each month, via e-mail, to division staff members, Delaware's historical- and preservation-related communities and friends. Please submit relevant articles, news items and suggestions to Jim Yurasek, newsletter editor, at

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