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  Archived Posts From: 2011


Happy Memorial Day!

Written on: May 27th, 2011 in Research Room

This weekend we celebrate those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.  Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? Did you know that it was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery?

 This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.  We are in the process of posting all of our Civil War records on our website.  So far, the Compiled Military Service Records of Union soldiers who served in Delaware regiments and photographs of soldiers  are available.

 The Archives houses materials relating to Delaware and her proud soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War.  Why not stop by and take a look for yourself.

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Another Hat We Wear

Written on: May 11th, 2011 in Research Room

Did you know that every year in May archives across the county participate in activities to protect their institutions from disasters?  Did you know that the Delaware Public Archives has a records recovery team?  We have helped numerous state agencies, schools, and local municipalities recover their records after disasters not only from fire, but water damage.

Do you have a disaster plan? There are many websites and publications available that can help you get started in creating a disaster plan. Here are a few websites:

For State Government there’s Council Of State Archives

For families there’s the Red Cross

There is also FEMA and Homeland Security

The Delaware Public Archive’s records emergency contact information for state agencies, local government agencies and school districts:  business hours phone 302-744-5000 and after hours contact The State Communications Center 302-659-2341

 To see images of our record recovery efforts, view the album on our facebook page.

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