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Glamour Girls

Written on: February 24th, 2011 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

Come out to the Archives on Saturday, March 5, 10:30 a.m., for a program entitled “Glamour Girls:  The Portrayal of Women in World War II Propaganda Posters.” The United States and Great Britain had diverse ideas about what was glamorous and appropriate during wartime.  American images of women in propaganda posters were much more glamorous and drew upon Hollywood starlet iconography.  British graphic artists eschewed the Hollywood style under the advisement of government officials and used what has been referred to as “natural beauty” in their posters. 

 Presented by Dr. Marguerite Hoyt, an assistant professor of Women’s Studies at Goucher College, this program will examine differences in the ways that graphic artists in the United States and Great Britain depicted women in propaganda posters, film and magazines and how each country borrowed from its own cinematic efforts to create a standard of beauty for the women of their respective countries.      

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Russell W. Peterson

Written on: February 22nd, 2011 in Research Room

Today Delawareans were saddened with the news of the passing of former Governor Russell Peterson. Governor Peterson served from 1969-1973.  He is best known for being an environmentalist and the Coastal Zone Act, which protected Delaware’s  natural resources.   He also is known for changing Delaware’s government from a commission form of government to a cabinet form.

 If you would like to learn first hand about his term as governor, you can come go through his papers.  There are 5775 folders dealing with correspondence from constituents, education, town audits, and of course environmental issues. 

We have lots of photographs of Governor Peterson. We have video from the “Hats in the Ring Symposium” where former Delaware governors are discussing Delaware politics.  The Delaware Heritage Commission has a book for sale written by Christopher Perry documenting his term. You can also look in the Delaware library catalog for books about the former governor including, his autobiography Rebel With A Conscience. The Governor’s political legacy will have a lasting effect on the state and its citizens.

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Hail To The Chief!

Written on: February 21st, 2011 in Research Room

Today is President’s Day. It’s where we take a few minutes to remember the great leaders of our country.

Have you ever wondered how many presidents have been to Delaware?  You’d probably be surprised.  Most Delawareans are well aware of more recent presidential visits like President Obama, President Clinton, and President Bush (both of them). Most have seen the photos of JFK cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the I-95 turnpike, but were you aware that Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and Dwight Eisenhower also spent some time in our great state?

To learn more about Presidential visits to Delaware you can take a look at our Newspaper Clipping file.

If you would like to see photographs of presidential visits to Delaware visit our Facebook album.

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Facebook, YouTube, And Social Media! OH MY!

Written on: February 8th, 2011 in Research Room

Have you visited our Facebook page or our videos on YouTube?

Our Facebook page is a great way to keep in touch with happenings at the Archives.  We post photo albums, events, and new acquisitions.     Why not give us the thumbs up and “like” our page?

We have two series of videos on the State’s YouTube channel.  Inside the Delaware Public Archives focuses on collections at the Archives like vital statistics, census records, tombstones and photographs.  It talks about our traveling exhibits, the research room book collection and even prepares you for a visit to the Archives.

We also have a playlist entitled Delaware History from the Delaware Public Archives.  These are clips out of our audio visual collection.  It has videos on the Nanticokes, former Delaware governors, a 1922 fireman’s parade in Wilmington, and our most requested video to duplicate “Your Chicken Has Been to War”

So what are you waiting for?

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