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  Archived Posts From: 2011


A Fragmented Nation, A Divided State: The Delaware Home Front during the American Civil War

Written on: September 23rd, 2011 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

            Join us on Saturday, October 1, 10:30 a.m., as the Delaware Public Archives  continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War by sponsoring a program entitled “A Fragmented Nation, A Divided State: The Delaware Home Front.”  Divided loyalties, a critical strategic position, and a major Federal prison made Delaware a tumultuous place to live and work during the Civil War years. From vigilante violence to patriotic demonstrations, the First State represented a microcosm of the American nation during the Civil War.

            This will be the third 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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Of course I’ve had all my shots!

Written on: September 19th, 2011 in Research Room

That was the answer a woman told the admission office at a local college.  She stopped in last week and said “Can you believe I have to give them proof? They said I can’t start school without proving my immunizations are up to date. My pediatrician isn’t around anymore. How I am going to prove that?”

Well to prove that, you need to get a copy of your immunization record. You can do that by calling the Division of Public Health’s Immunization Program at 1-800-282-8672 or by contacting the high school you graduated from and ask for a copy of your records.

The immunization record was received by the college and the woman was able to start her classes.

Polio Shots At School April 27, 1955



The Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow

Written on: September 9th, 2011 in Research Room

John "Laughing Wolfe" Moore Spreads His Wings To Fly In His Bald Eagle Dance

Are you going to be in Millsboro this weekend?  If so, you should pay a visit to the Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow. It’s a southern Delaware fall tradition.

Did you know the Archives have various records relating to the Nanticoke Indians? We have books entitled “A Photographic Survey of the Indian River Community”, “Surviving Indian Groups of the eastern United States by William Harlen Gilbert, Jr” and “The Nanticoke Indians: Past and Present” by C.A. Weslager. We have enrolled bills which in 1903 passed “An act to better establish the identity of a race of people known as the offspring of the Nanticoke Indians.”  We also have wonderful photographs of the Pow Wow and the Nanticoke Indian School.

To see more photographs of the Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow, you can visit the album on our Facebook page.

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