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  Archived Posts From: 2010


Dover Days

Written on: April 30th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

This Saturday will be the 77th annual Old Dover Days Festival. There will be the traditional Maypole dance, parade, house tours, and many other events. Did you know that Mabel Lloyd Ridgely was one of the founders of Dover Days?  Did you know that the research room was named in honor of her?

Mrs. Ridgely had a lifelong interest in the preservation of Delaware’s heritage.  She was the president of the Public Archives Commission for many years. She also helped preserve the Old State House and the John Dickinson Mansion.

We have lots of photographs of Dover Days dating from 1933 to the 1990’s.  We also have old programs, maps, and admission tickets.

To see more photographs of Dover Days, view theDover Days album on our Facebook page.

Photo of Grand Dame Mabel Lloyd Ridgely at Old Dover Days

Mabel Lloyd Ridgely at Old Dover Days

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A Guided Tour of the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: April 26th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives will have a record of you.  This “behind the scenes” tour of the Delaware Public Archives offers the public the opportunity to learn more about the role of the Archives, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean. The tour takes place on Saturday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m.  No reservations are required.

The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Duke of York Street in Dover, Delaware.  For more information contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

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OUCH! Dang Mosquito!!!

Written on: April 19th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

I saw in the newspaper the other day that they are predicting that the mosquitos are going to be really bad this year because of all the water still laying around.  Did you know that we have records of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Mosquito Control?  We have scrapbooks, diaries, ditch drawings, and photographs. Subjects include construction of camps, muskrat huts, dune preservation, and mosquito traps, just to name a few.  The areas covered are Lewes, Slaughter Beach, Magnolia, and Leipsic. The records date as early as 1930.  To look at the records of the CCC come in to the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room.  We can’t wait to see ya!

For information on current mosquito control activities, check out DNREC”s Mosquito Section site.

Photo of widening main ditch from Primehook Creek near the bay to the back of Broadkill Beach, Oct. 18, 1935 (1620-28 album 1)

Widening main ditch from Primehook Creek near the bay to the back of Broadkill Beach Oct 18 1935

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Written on: April 14th, 2010 in Research Room

So I was watching TV the other night and happened to catch the new NBC show entitled “Who Do You Think You Are?”. It’s about 7 celebraties who are researching their genealogy. You never know what you may uncover or who you may be related to.

Did you know that you can find out more about your ancestors here at the archives? We have all sorts of records you can use to trace your family history. We have birth, marriage, and death records. We also have probates, deed, orphan’s court records, tax assessments, and manuscript genealogies just to name a few.

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