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  Archived Posts From: 2011


A Dangerous & Uncomfortable Situation: Delaware from the Secession Crisis to Bull Run

Written on: March 25th, 2011 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will continue its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War by sponsoring a program entitled “A Dangerous & Uncomfortable Position: Delaware from the Secession Crisis through Bull Run.”  As a border state, Delaware became the focus of both Secessionists and Unionists during the critical months between Abraham Lincoln’s election and the war’s first battles. Emissaries from both sides visited the First State to woo her citizens to their cause. Who were they? What did they tell Delawareans? How were they received?

            This will be the first in a series of four Civil War programs presented this year at the Archives by Dr. Steve Newton of Delaware State University.  Dr. Newton is the author of nine books and an Associate Editor of North & South magazine.  He has been a Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University since 1990.  Currently, he serves as the Acting Chairman of the History, Political Science, and Philosophy Department at the University. 

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail 

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Could It Happen Here?

Written on: March 23rd, 2011 in Research Room

With all the talk about the Japanese nuclear plants and the articles in the paper about the possibility of something happening in Delaware, we had a couple of college students stop in to see if we had any materials pertaining to this issue.

 From the Department of Public Safety we have Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Accident Files and Fallout Shelter Survey Files. We have Coastal Zone Act files maintained by Representative Smith about the proposed Summit nuclear plant. From DNREC we have minutes of the Nuclear Waste Confidence Rulemaking Environmental Advisory Council.

 We have a few photographs and in our state reports collection we have a 1968 handbook on nuclear attack and natural disasters along with several other reports on rules and regulations for Nuclear Installations.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Written on: March 17th, 2011 in Research Room

Have you ever wondered if you have any Irish heritage? You can uncover your family roots here at the archives. We have many resources for you to use. You can take a look at our naturalization database for Ireland. We have books not only on the Irish in Delaware, but how to research your Irish ancestors.  We have church records from many of the Irish churches. We even have the diary of Irish immigrant Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth who was the last general officer killed in the Civil War.

 Why not stop by and find out? 

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March Madness

Written on: March 11th, 2011 in Research Room

If you listen closely you can hear the balls bouncing.  It’s that time again, when everyone is thinking about their brackets and rooting for their favorite college team.  Yeah, it’s March and that means one thing to sports fans: BASKETBALL!

Everyone is thinking about basketball, including 2 men who stopped by the other day to see if we had any information on basketball in Delaware.  With all the buzz in the air, it sparked their interest to see what we had.  They enjoyed looking at some of our 169 photographs. They looked at old newspapers for March and even checked out some of our school board minutes to see how they were recognizing the winning teams.

Why not stop in and see for yourself? 

For more pictures on basketball in Delaware, view our album on Facebook.

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