Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs March 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 3

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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Division promotes two employees

Dominique Martucci and Tammy Dayton serve on the Business Services Team.

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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.

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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. 

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COMMENTARY: What are the Humanities and why should we care?

Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—March 25, 2017

Op-ed by historian Kim Burdick.

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Survey underway to update Lewes historic records

Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—March 22, 2017

Project will aid historic preservation commission in future.

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Preservation 50 visits Hockessin

Community News, Hockessin, Del.—March 15, 2017

Group to help develop Delaware’s historic-preservation plan.

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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:

Living the history: Historic interpreters show Delaware life in the 18th century

Dover Post, Del.—March 9, 2017

Article on the John Dickinson Plantation.

Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914 exhibit opens in Lewes

Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del.—March 5, 2017

State-owned paintings on display at the Zwaanendael Museum.

COMMENTARY: A case for Lincoln as best president

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 historian honored for helping preserve Cooch’s Bridge battlefield

Newark Post, Del.—Feb. 27, 2017

Part of the battlefield is on the division’s Cooch-Dayett Mills property.

History Matters: Thomas Garrett's trial of 1848

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 MillAbbott’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 ChristinaFort 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


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