If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives (DPA) will receive the information that documents these important events. On Saturday, May 2, 1:30 p.m. the staff of the Archives will conduct 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. Archives Director Stephen M. Marz notes that “many people who have toured the Archives are surprised by the amount of documents and photographs that are stored at the facility. Because the Delaware Public Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records, the Archives is well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.”
This special tour at the Archives will honor the Dover Days theme of Abraham Lincoln by featuring a display of original Civil War era documents that can only be viewed on the tour. Among the items that will be a proclamation to commemorate the end of the war; a muster-in roll for the First Regiment, Delaware Infantry; and an order concerning the assassination of President Lincoln. This event is free to the public and no reservations are required.
Written on: April 10th, 2015 in Blog Posts
From April 12 through April 19, the Delaware Public Archives will commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death by displaying a set of documents and photographs related to Lincoln’s assassination. Along with pictures of both Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, the display features Lincoln’s funeral procession program, a Delaware soldier’s diary entry upon hearing the news of the President’s death, and a photograph of the execution of John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators from July 1865.
Have you ever wondered about your family history but didn’t know where to start? The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is pleased to announce that volunteers from local genealogical societies will be on site to help you with your research on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers will be available to answer your questions, show you what resources the DPA has available and explain how you can use them. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover more about your family tree.
Pre-registration for this opportunity is required. Please call Dawn Mitchell at 302-744-5000 by 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 9 to reserve your spot.
Written on: April 1st, 2015 in Events at the Archives
The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) was honored today by a visit from members of the Delaware Hispanic Commission to help launch the “Behind the Scenes” Spanish speaking tour series. “This ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour in Spanish is one of several Archives’ initiatives recognizing the growing influence of the Hispanic community in the First State’s history and culture,” said State Archivist and Archives Director Stephen M. Marz. In addition, Marz stated that “if you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives will receive the documents that record these important events. With new records coming into the Archives on a weekly basis, it is important that the First State’s Hispanic residents be informed that we are one of the state’s most important resources for historical research and vital statistical information.”
“It is an honor for the members of the Commission to represent all the Hispanic residents at the first ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour in Spanish at the Delaware Public Archives,” said Javier Torrijos, chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission. “This effort is evidence of the impact of the Hispanic community’s contribution and involvement in programs and services develop by Delaware’s state agencies.”
The tours in Spanish of this remarkable facility offer visitors 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. Archives’ Director Marz notes that “many people who have toured the Archives are surprised by the amount of documents and photographs that are stored at the facility. Because the Delaware Public Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records, we are well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.” Part of the tour will included a viewing of the new display honoring African American Genealogy research in Delaware. Tours of the Delaware Public Archives are free to the public but reservations are required. Please contact Tom Summers, firstname.lastname@example.org, (302) 744-5047, for more information about tours.