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Delaware Public Archives to Feature “Behind the Scenes” Tour for Dover Days

Written on: April 27th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

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 […]


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How Do I Preserve My Documents, Photographs and Digital Memories?

Written on: March 25th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

When it comes to family history, those books, papers and photographs we all keep stored away do more than just record the past — they connect us with our loved ones and ancestors, and often tell us as much about our present and future as they do about our history. Join the Delaware Public Archives […]


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“More Treasures of the Archives” Program Coming to the Lewes Public Library on Monday Night

Written on: February 20th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware History

On Monday night, February 23, 6:30 p.m., Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager at the Delaware Public Archives, will be speaking at the Lewes Public Library in Lewes, Delaware. Summers will be presenting a program titled “More Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives.” While the Delaware Public Archives has presented its original “Treasures” program for many […]


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Researching African American Genealogy: From the Antebellum Period to the Reconstruction Era

Written on: January 27th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

Nineteenth century African American genealogy is particularly difficult for researchers. On Saturday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. the Delaware Public Archives will host a special program which will explore this challenging time period for African American genealogy. Presented by Shamele Jordon, the program will focus on a variety of sources and strategies for locating ancestors […]


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Upcoming Program at the Archives about Delaware in the War of 1812

Written on: December 19th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

In 1814 the War of 1812 was entering into its second full year. During the previous year the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware Valley region experienced active naval campaigning and a seaborne blockade. On Saturday, January 3, at 10:30 a.m. historian Charles (Chuck) Fithian will visit the Delaware Public Archives to present a program on […]


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Thanksgiving Proclamations

Written on: November 24th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPA

To help us get in the Thanksgiving spirit, we took a look back at former Delaware governors’ Thanksgiving proclamations.


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Delaware Votes

Written on: November 3rd, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

Sarah Denison, processing archivist Tomorrow Delawareans up and down the state will head to polling places to cast their vote in the midterm election. Not sure who to vote for? For hundreds of years political parties and special-interest groups have issued flyers endorsing candidates. Check out these tickets from the 1800s. They won’t help you make a decision tomorrow, but […]


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And They’re Off!!!

Written on: September 12th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

Dawn Mitchell, supervisor, Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room That’s what the Harrington Raceway track announcer will be saying around 7:30 on Monday night when the country’s top pacers will be set to do battle in the 8th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace. This race honors longtime Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen. Representative Quillen was known for his […]


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“Well Broken Chincoteague Pony For Sale”

Written on: August 28th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryMaps and Surveys

A 1934 Labor Day Weekend auction of house lots in the Heights section of Rehoboth Beach also gave bidders the chance to win a Chincoteague pony.


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The History of Farming in Delaware

Written on: July 22nd, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

Farming and its related agricultural industries have been a major force in the social, cultural, and economic history of Delaware. Today, agriculture remains the state’s largest industry, generating over $1 billion in income from an array of crops, poultry, and livestock. On Saturday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m., Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, will […]


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