Historical and Cultural Affairs
The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
March 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 3
Delaware State Historic Preservation Office recent accomplishments
Office’s programs help to preserve Delaware’s historic places and unique cultural identity.
Division to sponsor 18 special events during April 2017
Highlights include the Slave Dwelling Project, America's Founding Fathers and Mothers, and programs on Delaware's Dutch heritage.
“Drawing America to Victory: The Persuasive Power of the Arts in World War I”
Online exhibit revolves around 27 World War I posters from the collections of the State of Delaware.
Join the division’s Volunteer Program and make a difference in Delaware history
By Bridget Wallace, volunteer services coordinator, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
Division promotes two employees
Dominique Martucci and Tammy Dayton serve on the Business Services Team.
Help Save Delaware History
Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation to meet on April 19, 2017
Meeting to include review of the National Register nomination of the Dinker-Irvin Cottage in Bethany Beach.
Archaeological symposium at the New Castle Court House Museum on April 29, 2017
Program seeks to identify the uniqueness of the Colonial cultures in the Delaware Valley in the 17th and 18th centuries.
COMMENTARY: What are the Humanities and why should we care?
Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—March 25, 2017
Op-ed by historian Kim Burdick.
Survey underway to update Lewes historic records
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—March 22, 2017
Project will aid historic preservation commission in future.
Preservation 50 visits Hockessin
Community News, Hockessin, Del.—March 15, 2017
Group to help develop Delaware’s historic-preservation plan.
“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.
The following Delaware history-related articles have recently appeared in the media:
Dover Post, Del.—March 9, 2017
Article on the John Dickinson Plantation.
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—March 5, 2017
State-owned paintings on display at the Zwaanendael Museum.
Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—Feb. 28, 2017
Based on the “Washington vs. Lincoln" program at The Old State House on Feb. 19, 2017.
Newark Post, Del.—Feb. 27, 2017
Part of the battlefield is on the division’s Cooch-Dayett Mills property.
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del.—Feb. 24, 2017
Trial was held at the New Castle Court House.
Saturday, April 1
USS Delaware: A Force to Be Reckoned With – The Old State House
Over There: World War I and the Victor Talking Machine Company – Johnson Victrola Museum
Wednesday, April 5
Hale-Byrnes Open House – Hale-Byrnes House
Thursday, April 6
Founding Fathers and Mothers: Washington – The Old State House
Thursday–Saturday, April 6–15
Lewes Tulip Celebration – Downtown Lewes
Saturday, April 8
Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild – John Dickinson Plantation
Listen Up! The Finale – The Old State House
Annual Meeting of the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware – St. Jones Reserve
Meet Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project – John Dickinson Plantation
First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's—Prosperity – Hale-Byrnes House
Sunday, April 9
EggCiting Easter Event – Belmont Hall
Allee House at Bombay Hook – Hale-Byrnes House
Wednesday, April 12
Shade Tree Symposium – Belmont Hall
Thursday, April 13
Founding Fathers and Mothers: Adams and Franklin – The Old State House
Friday, April 14
Good Friday – All museums of the State of Delaware will be open
Saturday, April 15
Running of the Mill – Abbott’s Mill Nature Center
Sunday, April 16
Easter Sunday – All museums of the State of Delaware closed
Wednesday, April 19
Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation Meeting – The Old State House
Thursday, April 20
Founding Fathers and Mothers: Jefferson and Madison – The Old State House
Saturday, April 22
Dutch-American Friendship Day – Zwaanendael Museum
Earth Day at the John Dickinson Plantation – John Dickinson Plantation
Monday, April 24
Observance of National Week of Service – John Dickinson Plantation
Thursday, April 27
Founding Fathers and Mothers: Hamilton – The Old State House
Saturday, April 29
Archaeological and Historical Symposium of the Colonial Delaware Valley – New Castle Court House Museum
King’s Day – Zwaanendael Museum
Sunday, April 30
SpringFest at Fort Christina – Fort Christina National Historic Landmark
For a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events, go here.
Exhibits and displays
Thru August 2017
World War II Through the Lens of William D. Willis – Middletown Historical Society
Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past – Zwaanendael Museum
Drawing America to Victory – Online
Emeline Hawkins: Her Journey from Slavery to Freedom on the Underground Railroad – New Castle Court House Museum
Five Stories – John Dickinson Plantation
The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016 – The Old State House
Rose Color to Gold to Glowing Red: Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914 – Zwaanendael 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