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  Archived Posts From: 2010


All Aboard! The Delaware Public Archives Celebrates the History of the Railroad

Written on: December 20th, 2010 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesMaps and SurveysPhotographsResearch Room

Looking for something to combat the post-holiday blues? Come out to the Delaware Public Archives to help celebrate the history of the railroad in Delaware. The Archives will be hosting a free railroad exhibit from January 5 to January 8 coinciding with the completion of a related Archives initiative to bring the entire Jackson & Sharp Photograph and Drawings Collection to its website

Open each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the exhibit will feature original railroad papers, maps, drawings, and schedules from the 19th century. A large model railroad layout provided by the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club will also be on display for children and model railroad enthusiasts alike. 

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Mom, What’s A Christmas Seal?

Written on: December 16th, 2010 in Research Room

That’s exactly the question a little girl from Dover asked the other day. It seems her mother collects them.  She dropped by to see if we had any information that would help explain it.

She was amazed to see that we have records from the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, which include scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and some of their administrative files. We have records and photographs from the Bissell Hospital. And we also have lots of sheets of Christmas Seals.

So do you know the story of Christmas Seals?  Did you know that the Christmas Seal campaign started right here in Delaware?

In 1907 a Red Cross volunteer by the name of Emily Bissell decided she was going to design and print a special holiday stamp and sell it at the post office for a penny. This was in response to the impending closing of the local sanatorium if it didn’t raise $300. And so the Christmas Seal was born.

To see more photographs relating to the Bissell Hospital, visit our State Board of Health exhibit in our Digital Archives.

[audio:|titles=1944 Message from Emily Bissell]

Listen to a 1944 Message from Emily Bissell by clicking the Play button directly above. Or, download the mp3.

Christmas Seal Uncut Sheet
Christmas Seal Uncut Sheet

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Happy Delaware Day!

Written on: December 7th, 2010 in Research Room

“We, the deputies of the people of the Delaware state……………fully, freely and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm the said Constitution”

 And with those words on December 7, 1787 at Battell’s Tavern in Dover, Delaware ratified the Federal Constitution and became the first state in the new nation.

 There are many activities to commemorate this important day. For instance, did you know that there is a competition for 4th graders put on by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs?

 The Department of State has a website devoted just to Delaware Day.

 The governor will sign a proclamation declaring December 7th as Delaware Day.  This has been a tradition since 1933 when Governor C. Douglass Buck first proclaimed December 7th as Delaware Day.

 Here at the Archives we have the original records that made us the first state.  In addition to the Ratification Document, we have the receipts for expenses, petitions, and letters.  You can view some of those original records by visiting our “Becoming the First State- Delaware’s Road to Ratification exhibit in the Digital Archives.  You can also view our YouTube video to learn more about the document itself.

 To see pictures of past Delaware Day celebrations, click the Delaware Day album on our Facebook page.

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