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Celebrate Dover Days with Two Tours of the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: April 28th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

A Dover Tour of the Delaware Public Archives
On Monday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m., the Delaware Public Archives will offer a special evening program titled “A Dover Tour of the Delaware Public Archives.” While featuring all the traditional components of a “behind the scenes” tour of the facility, this visit will include documents, maps, and photographs that are specific to the Dover area. Led by Archives’ staff members Tom Summers and Margaret Raubacher Dunham, this special tour will give patrons the opportunity to view documents related to the history of the capital city dating back to the 18th century.

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Delaware Public Archives
On Saturday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. the staff of the Delaware Public Archives will present a tour of this remarkable facility. This annual “behind the scenes” tour of the building, conducted by Tom Summers, Manager of Outreach Services, offers the public a rare opportunity to learn more about the role of the DPA, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean.

These programs are free to the public and each one will last approximately 50 minutes. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.

The Basics of Italian Genealogical Research

Written on: April 8th, 2016 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m., Melanie Holtz, CG, will present a webinar program at Delaware Public Archives about Italian Genealogy for beginners. The majority of records used for Italian genealogical research come from two major record sets, civil registration and ecclesiastical records. This lecture will cover what type of civil and ecclesiastical records […]


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Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln

Written on: March 22nd, 2016 in Events at the ArchivesResearch Room

(Dover, DE) On Saturday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. author Kathryn Canavan will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Focusing on the assassination from the perspective of the Petersen family, Canavan will show how this Washington D.C. family became caught up in the tragedy. The Petersens […]


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The First Spouse

Written on: February 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

(Dover, DE) Are American First Ladies a cultural mirror reflecting the role and popular perceptions of women of their eras? What happens when they are too outspoken or unconventional? On Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Cynthia Newton will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the women who have served as […]


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robin brown, Richard B. Carter and Harry F. Themal Receive Governor’s Heritage Award

Written on: February 25th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware History

On Thursday morning, February 25, Governor Jack A. Markell honored robin brown, Richard B. Carter, and Harry F. Themal as the latest recipients of the Governor’s Heritage Award in a ceremony held at the Buena Vista Conference Center. Established in 2003 by the Office of the Secretary of State, the Governor’s Heritage Award is given […]


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The Freedmen’s Bureau: Records and Research during Reconstruction

Written on: January 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m., Certified Genealogist Michael Hait will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on one of the lesser known federal agencies, the Freedman’s Bureau. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands operated from the end of the Civil War until 1872 under the U.S. War Department. […]


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Italian Genealogy Program on Saturday has been Cancelled

Written on: January 21st, 2016 in Blog Posts

Due to the winter storm prediction for this coming weekend, the Beginning Italian Genealogy workshop at Delaware Public Archives on Saturday, January 23 has been cancelled. The program will be rescheduled for a date later this year. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Summers, (302) 744-5047, thomas.summers@state.de.us.


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December Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

Written on: December 7th, 2015 in Events at the Archives

The December meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization for people who have an interest in genealogy, this group meets every other month at the Delaware Public Archives beginning in October and ending in June. The public is welcome to all meetings and […]


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Vice President Burr

Written on: November 6th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryInside the DPA

Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager Sometimes the signature on a letter is more important than the message contained within. Written on November 6, 1804, this correspondence to Delaware Governor David Hall documents the resignation of Delaware’s Senator William Hill Wells. However, the most interesting section is the signature. Located in the lower right corner is […]


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The Davis Collection

Written on: October 23rd, 2015 in Blog PostsInside the DPAPhotographs

To celebrate Archives Month, we’ll be sharing some of our recent accessions. Check back each Friday for a new post. Connor Graham, processing archivist Vera Gilbride Davis was a prominent figure in Delaware politics for more than forty years. She was called the “Grande Dame of Delaware Politics” and was known for achieving a number […]


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