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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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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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D-Day Program at Delaware Public Archives to Commemorate 70th Anniversary

Written on: May 29th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

The D-Day invasion of Normandy is remembered as an American triumph and the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. On Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. the Delaware Public Archives will commemorate the 70th anniversary of this pivotal day in American and World history with a special program at the Archives about the battle. This […]


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Delaware Public Archives to Accept World War II Collection at June 3rd Ceremony

Written on: May 27th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographs


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The “Wooden World Revealed”: The Archaeology and History of His Majesty’s Sloop of War DeBraak

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

The wars on land and sea during the late eighteenth century were an important part of Atlantic history, and unite the naval and maritime histories of many countries around the world. Consequently, a British warship named the DeBraak was escorting and protecting a convoy of British and American merchant ships en route to the United […]


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Delaware Public Archives to Feature “Behind the Scenes” Tour

Written on: March 27th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware 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, April 5, 10:30 a.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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