Join us on Saturday, September 3, 10:30 a.m., as the Delaware Public Archives hosts a program about Delaware’s involvement in the War of 1812 entitled “The Honour of the State has not been Tarnished”. Presented by Charles Fithian, Curator of Archaeology with the State of Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs Division, this program will serve as an introduction to the 200th anniversary of the war in 2012. With the arrival of a Royal Navy blockading squadron in the Delaware Capes in March of 1813, the War of 1812 arrived in Delaware. Maritime activities would be disrupted, and communities across Delaware would be affected. Delawareans would find themselves participants in the military and naval events that occurred throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond. The role Delaware played during the war is not well known. This presentation will provide an overview of the state’s participation in this conflict. While the emphasis will be on the military dimensions of the conflict, how the war affected Delaware politically, economically, and socially will also be discussed.
Mr. Fithian is a well known local historian who has researched the War of 1812 in Delaware for over 20 years. Through his investigations he has identified more than 100 sites that are related to the War. In addition, Mr. Fithian has directed the research and conservation of the British ship DeBraak and its large associated collection. He has also conducted extensive research on 17th century Delaware and the Delaware Regiment during the American Revolution.
The program is free to the public. No reservations are required.
Written on: August 24th, 2011 in Research Room
That’s the question a lot of people were asking yesterday. We are really fortunate here in Delaware. We usually don’t have the bad weather that the rest of the country does. And now we are getting prepared for Hurricane Irene. Did you know that the archives has lots of photographs, video, governors papers, and newspaper clippings on the most severe natural disasters in Delaware history? From snow storms to hurricanes, you can stop by and take a look.
Did you know that we also wear another hat and help state agencies recover records in the event of a disaster? We have already starting sending messages out for offices to get records and boxes off the floor and to get their disaster plans out and go over them with their staff. Do you have a disaster plan?
Written on: August 15th, 2011 in Research Room
Did you know that today marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Delaware Memorial Bridge? 60 years ago today, the first span was dedicated. We had a gentlemen come in who was there! He wanted to see if we had any information from that day.
You should have seen the look on his face as he went through the Opening Day Files. He looked at photographs and the Delaware-New Jersey Ferry Company Records. He also reviewed contract files and the administrative records from DELDOT which show details about the daily maintenance and operation of the bridge. He even watched a video about the bridge construction and the opening.
When he left he thanked us for letting him have such a pleasant stroll down memory lane. Why not come by and see what memories we hold for you?
Written on: August 4th, 2011 in Research Room
Did you know that one of the most frequently asked research questions is regarding mills? From the DuPont powder mills to the grist and flour mills, it’s not just scholars who are interested; every day citizens also seem to be fascinated by mills and the stories about them. We had some more people in yesterday who were looking for mills in Sussex County.
We have various types of records that you can use to learn about Delaware mills. Depending on what aspect of mills in Delaware you’re interested in, you can examine Mill Condemnations (petitions to the court requesting condemnation of land for the construction of mills), early Levy Court minutes from 1676-1699 regulating early mills, Industrial and Manufacturers Census for Delaware and early Enrolled Bills. And of course, we have lots of photographs.
To see more pictures of Delaware mills, view our album on Facebook.