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Delaware Lighthouses

Written on: June 28th, 2011 in Research Room

Cape Henlopen Lighthouse from the Southeast

Have you ever been at the beach and looked at one of the lighthouses and thought “I wonder what other lighthouses Delaware has”?  Well that’s exactly what happened the other day with a couple from Wisconsin.  They stopped in to see if they could find the answer.

They couldn’t believe we have over 200 photographs of lighthouses.  In fact, our most requested picture is of the Port Mahon lighthouse. We have lighthouse records, early enrolled bills, newspaper clippings, and many books in our reference collection.

To see more pictures of lighthouses in Delaware, view the lighthouse album on our Facebook page.


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Happy Flag Day!

Written on: June 14th, 2011 in Research Room

Today we celebrate Flag Day.  We had a young man stop by to see if we have anything relating to the history of the Delaware flag.  We have two files in our General Reference Collection containing correspondence, samples of material, copies of laws, and the specifications for the flag.  We have lots of photographs, information in the governor’s papers, and we even have records of early flag use.  In fact we have an entry for Civil War soldier Robert Hanna that describes him grasping  the blue flag of Delaware and carrying it heroically to the front of the battle after the flag bearer has been wounded at Fredericksburg.

The official state flag of Delaware was adopted July 24, 1913.  In accordance with the design authorized at that time, the flag has a background of colonial blue, surrounding a diamond of buff color in which is placed the coat of arms of the State of Delaware.  Below the diamond are the words, “December 7, 1787,” indicating the day on which Delaware was the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution. 


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Normandy Ho!

Written on: June 7th, 2011 in Research Room

Did you know that yesterday was the 67th  anniversary of the Allied troops landing in Normandy? If you visit the on- line guide to our collections and do a key word search for World War II, you will be able to see the many records we have relating to Delaware and the war. You can also check out the digital archives for the World War II  Memorial Volume and a photograph exhibit from Delaware during the war. Our friends at the Delaware Heritage Commission have a book entitled Delaware’s Role in World War II which can be purchased on Shop Delaware.

The M-51 Multiple Machine Gun

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