Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 29, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 6

Historical and Cultural Affairs

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

June 29, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 6


State fiscal year 2017 review: Delaware properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places

By Madeline Dunn, division historian and National Register of Historic Places coordinator

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mountlebanonInterior of the home at 901 Mount Lebanon Road in Rockland, Del. that was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. The image is from a 1955 photo shoot for “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine.

Portraits of former Gov. and Mrs. Markell added to the State Portrait Collection

Collection includes more than 200 works depicting many of the state's most notable public figures.

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Division to sponsor 23 special events during July 2017

Highlights include programs on Independence Day, jazz history and quill-pen writing.

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“Lost 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

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation mounts new exhibit on Wilmington’s industrial past

Exhibit supported by the National Park Service’s National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.

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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:

Delaware Really is Full of Endless Discoveries

Milford LIVE, Del.—June 27, 2017

Article includes information on the Johnson Victrola Museum.

Former Del. governor legacy lives through portrait

WMDT-TV, Salisbury, Md.—June 13, 2017

Paintings of Governor and Mrs. Markell are part of the State Portrait Collection administered by the division.

History Matters: a segregation-era travel guide for African Americans

Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del.—June 2, 2017

Division historian Carlton Hall interviewed about the Green Book.


Saturday, July 1

First Saturday Historical Tour – Downtown Georgetown


Saturday and Tuesday, July 1 and 4

A Marching Band’s Tale – Johnson Victrola Museum

Independence Day – The Old State House

Tuesday, July 4

Independence Day – All museums of the State of Delaware will be open

Tuesday thru Saturday, July 4 to 8

Quill Pen Week – John Dickinson Plantation

Wednesday, July 5

Hale-Byrnes Open House – Hale-Byrnes House

Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26

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

Saturday, July 8

Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild – John Dickinson Plantation

Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15

A Jazz Tale – Johnson Victrola Museum

Friday thru Sunday, July 14 to 16

The Golden Age of Jazz – Dover Public Library

Saturday, July 15

Running of the Mill – Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Carrying Tea on the Delaware River & Bay – Hale-Byrnes House

Sunday, July 16

Mermaid Tavern on Limestone Road – Hale-Byrnes House

Saturday, July 22

Delaware State University Summer Bridge Service Project Day – Johnson Victrola Museum, The Old State House and the John Dickinson Plantation

Movie Night on the Lawn – Buena Vista Conference Center

Lighthouse Sunset Cruise – Lewes Harbor


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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