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Pickett’s Charge

Written on: June 21st, 2017 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. Delaware Heritage Commission member Terry Wright will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on Pickett’s Charge, the climatic final attack at the Battle of Gettysburg. After two years of war, and several days of hard fighting on the Union flanks around the town of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee believed that a concerted attack upon the troops at the center of General George Meade’s Army of the Potomac along Cemetery Ridge could break the Union line. Lee hoped this would force a retreat towards Washington and, perhaps, encourage the Federal government to sue for peace. This program will explore the different aspects of this final part of the battle and examine why it is such an important part of American history.

Terry Wright has been a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission since 2009, and chaired the Commission’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. A lifelong Delawarean and 1982 graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., Terry served for 27 years on the staff of United States Senator Joseph R., Biden, Jr. He also serves on the Service Academy Nominations Board of United States Senator Christopher Coons, having previously served in a similar capacity for former Senator Ted Kaufman and former Representative John Carney. A resident of Gordon Heights in suburban Wilmington, Terry is Chairman of the Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council, an organization dedicated to historic preservation and community planning in the neighborhoods of Eastern Brandywine Hundred along the Delaware River.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail
thomas.summers@state.de.us.

What do you mean not everything is online?

Written on: June 16th, 2017 in Blog PostsResearch Room

If I had a dollar for every time a researcher said that phrase! Unfortunately, there’s a big misconception that you can find everything about your family history with one click of the mouse. Truth is, only a very small portion of records have been digitized and are available on the internet. You still need to […]


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The Road to Appomattox: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865

Written on: May 24th, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

During the last year of the American Civil War, the main Union and Confederate armies in Virginia were engaged in trench warfare, a method of combat that was far different from the first three years of the conflict. On Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m. the Delaware Public Archives will host a program presented by […]


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Rediscovering Delaware Artist Stanley Arthurs

Written on: April 19th, 2017 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, April 29, 10:30 a.m., Delaware Public Archives and Delaware Division of the Arts will present a program at the Archives building titled “Rediscovering Delaware Artist Stanley Arthurs.” Presented by author James C. Thompson, the program will focus on the contributions made to the art of illustration by Stanley Arthurs, one of Howard Pyle’s […]


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The War to End All Wars: A Look Back at World War I

Written on: March 21st, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. On Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. Henry J. Foresman will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives that will examine the political and diplomatic reasons why America decided to send troops to support the allied war effort. This […]


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Underutilized Records for African American Genealogy

Written on: January 25th, 2017 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, February 4, at 10:30 a.m. Shamele Jordon will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives titled “Underutilized Records for African American Genealogy.” This presentation will go beyond census and vital records to show how to transcend the brick walls of African American research. Records created by the federal and county governments, organizations, […]


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The Kalmar Nyckel: New Discoveries

Written on: December 21st, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, January 7, at 10:30 a.m. Bill Hutchison of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on how the Kalmar Nyckel operated, with special emphasis on the navigation of the vessel, and the firing of the ship’s guns. Segments of a new film about the ship will […]


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Governor Jack Markell Presents Edward J. Freel with the 2016 Governor’s Heritage Award

Written on: November 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsEvents at the Archives

Governor Jack Markell today honored former Delaware Secretary of State Edward J. Freel as the recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Heritage Award. In a ceremony held at the Delaware Public Archives with a large crowd of family, friends, and colleagues, the governor spoke of Mr. Freel’s commitment to the First State through his major role […]


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Tracing Your Roots with “The Legal Genealogist”

Written on: October 31st, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

(Dover, DE) On Saturday, November 5, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG CGL, known as “The Legal Genealogist” will present two programs at the Delaware Public Archives. The first presentation, at 10:30 a.m. is titled “Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law. In early America, women were all too often […]


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Preserving Documents, Photographs, and Digital Memories

Written on: September 26th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographspreservationResearch Room

Looking for a way to preserve important documents, photos and videos for future generations? On Saturday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will present a program discussing how to preserve photographs, documents, and digital memories. You will leave this program with the knowledge needed to care for and preserve your irreplaceable memories. […]


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