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Location! Location! Location!

Written on: July 28th, 2011 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesMaps and SurveysResearch Room

On Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will sponsor a program entitled “Location! Location! Location!”  Retired State Archivist and Delaware historian Russ McCabe will discuss the many ways in which geography shaped the history and development of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula. With particular emphasis on the colonial era, the early statehood period, and the long-running boundary dispute, the program will focus on how external events of world and national history intersected with the physical environment to give us the First State as we know it today.

 Having served the Delaware Public Archives in numerous capacities for more than 30 years, Mr. McCabe retired as State Archivist and Director of the Archives in 2009.   Well known for his wealth of knowledge about Delaware history and the interesting programs he presents on the state’s rich historical and cultural past, McCabe has been a popular speaker throughout Delaware for many years.

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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I can’t wait!!

Written on: July 15th, 2011 in Blog PostsResearch Room

That’s what a mom said the other day when she stopped in before her son’s all-star game.   Her son was playing in his second tournament. Last year was such a whirlwind she really didn’t have much time to think about it. So this year she wanted to take some time and learn more about Delaware baseball tournaments. She knew there was more than French fries, traveling to other towns, and losing her voice the next day.

 She was surprised at all the old newspapers we have on microfilm.  She pulled several from the month of July and found lots of information about past tournaments.  She couldn’t believe all the photos we have of baseball in general. She also got a kick out of the 1946 recording called “The Blue Pebble Gang” and Bill Campbell in Wilmington interviewing Bob Carpenter about the 1949 Phillies baseball team.

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Recent Donation Includes Additional Gems

Written on: July 8th, 2011 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

While the recent donation from Mildred Hicks of Florida included the Buckson Papers, a collection of original letters written by her great-grandfather Stephen Buckson during his time serving in a Delaware unit during the Civil War, Mrs. Hicks also sent other materials that citizens will find interesting.  Because her family vacationed in the Bowers Beach area, there are a number of postcards, photographs, and newspaper clippings from that area included in the donation.  While the majority of these additional materials focus on Bowers Beach, one of the post cards we received is a picture of the Kent County Jail and whipping post.  Our photo archivist Randy Goss tells me that this is the only picture of the Kent County Jail that shows the entire building along with the infamous whipping post.

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