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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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Celebrating the Final Year of the Delmarva Chicken Festival

Written on: June 18th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

  Sarah Denison, processing archivist This year marks the 65th and final year of the Delmarva Chicken Festival. Started in 1948, the Delmarva Chicken Festival is a celebration of the area’s poultry industry. Over the years, people flocked to the festival to see the world’s largest frying pan. With a 10 foot diameter and weighing […]


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“Annie Oakleys” at the New Castle County Workhouse

Written on: June 6th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

The Delaware Public Archives dedicated a new historic marker at the New Castle County Workhouse last week honoring the women who worked at the Workhouse as armed guards during World War II.


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Voices of War-World War II Series Donated to the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: June 5th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

On Tuesday June 3rd, Governor Jack Markell, Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, State Archivist Stephen Marz and members of the Delaware General Assembly commemorated Delaware’s role in World War II at a ceremony where the Delaware Public Archives formally accessioned the “William J. Kitchell Collection – Voices of War, World War II Series.” The ‘Voices […]


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