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
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.
Division to sponsor 23 special events during July 2017
Highlights include programs on Independence Day, jazz history and quill-pen writing.
“Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak”
Tours explore the surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck.
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.
“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:
Milford LIVE, Del.—June 27, 2017
Article includes information on the Johnson Victrola Museum.
WMDT-TV, Salisbury, Md.—June 13, 2017
Paintings of Governor and Mrs. Markell are part of the State Portrait Collection administered by the division.
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