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Think Your Job is Dangerous?

Written on: June 30th, 2017 in Blog PostsResearch Room

Many people have experienced injuries while at the workplace. These maladies could be anything from getting a papercut while filing paperwork, having back strains from lifting a heavy box, or even getting the dreaded Carpal Tunnel from typing on a keyboard for too long. Then again, most of these injuries occur in the modern day workplace: the office. Your garden-variety office worker has surely experienced any of these or other minor symptoms at one time or another, yet has anyone you know ever been injured by a cow?

A few weeks ago, a researcher came in and asked to look up some records on Industrial Accident Board cases via the Department of Labor. While perusing some of these files, a coworker and I stumbled upon a case from an employee of one of the du Pont family members. The employee in question was described as having a “hurt neck”, and the injury report stated something along the lines of: “Employee was milking a cow. The cow fell over, landing on and injuring the employee’s neck”.

I know it’s never polite to laugh at someone during an accident, but seeing as this took place in the mid-20th century, my coworker and I felt OK with erupting with laughter as to this poor soul’s workplace cow-tastrophe. I mean, how many people have had a cow fall on their neck while at work?

And you thought you had it bad when the copier machine stops working…

For more information on Industrial Accident Board “Old Awards” & Closed Case Files: http://archives.delaware.gov/collections/guide/1500s/1580-000-021.shtml

 

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 […]


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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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