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  Archived Posts From: 2012


The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

Written on: January 27th, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, February 4, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives, in one of its planned activities to celebrate Black History Month, is hosting a program entitled “The Tuskegee Airmen.”  During the Second World War, a question was raised and answered conclusively in a noble experiment that later became known as the “Tuskegee Experience.” Our nation’s first African-American military aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen, are remembered in this presentation designed to tell their story and reveal the significance of their achievements. Presented by Brigadier General Ernest George Talbert (Retired, USAF), this program will also include information about the achievements of other African-American warriors and civilian aviators who preceded the “Tuskegee Experience.”

Brigadier General Ernest George Talbert (Retired, USAF) is the first African-American general in the long history of the Delaware National Guard.  He is the immediate past president of the John H. Porter, First State Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. General Talbert is a Command Pilot with over 6500 flying hours including combat hours in Operation Desert Storm and the Balkans conflict. Upon his retirement in January 2009 he accepted a state promotion to the rank of Major General. A product of the Delaware public school system, he received a B.A. in Economics from New York University in 1972 and an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1983.

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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Honey, Grab Your Coat. We’re Going For A Ride On The New Bridge!

Written on: January 20th, 2012 in Research Room

Indian River Bridge 1935

If you’ve been reading the papers you saw that the Indian River Inlet bridge finally opened today.  With all the attention it’s been getting, we had some people from the area stop by to see what we had on the previous bridges that were there.  They were surprised that we had information on all 3 former bridges as well as a photograph of the area before there was a bridge.

To see more photos of all the Indian River inlet bridges, view our Facebook album.



Martin Luther King Jr.

Written on: January 13th, 2012 in Blog Posts

Every year we commemorate the achievements and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. When Dr. King spoke to the packed audience in the Howard High School auditorium on September 12, 1960, he delivered a message of patience and persistence. “Protest, yes, but with dignity and discipline to achieve our goals,” said King in this newspaper clipping from the News Journal.  News Journal Article on Martin Luther King Jr.’s only visit to Delaware on September 13, 1960.cpy

Dr. King’s first and only visit is just a small part of Delaware’s history during the civil rights movement. Did you know that Brown vs. The Board of Education is actually comprised of 5 cases, one of which was from Delaware? These cases were unsuccessfully tried in lower courts then appealed to the Supreme Court where they were combined to create Brown vs. The Board of Education. The case from Delaware, which began as two cases before being combined, involved a one-roomed school house in Hockessin and Howard High School in Wilmington, where Dr. King spoke on his visit. In both cases, students traveled nearly an hour to attend schools that were not equal in resources.

Many documents, photos and recordings from the civil rights movement in Delaware can be found here at the Delaware Public Archives. Notable collections include photographs, recordings from NAACP and NAAWP rallies, legislation addressing segregation laws, newspaper collections, court records from Evans vs. Buchanan (relating to segregation in Wilmington schools), and documents addressing segregation and desegregation of schools from the Department of Public Instruction.

Dr. King had a dream that still lives on today. Stop by and examine documents pertaining to that dream here at the Delaware Public Archives.

Howard High School



The War of 1812 Comes to Lewes

Written on: January 3rd, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

On Saturday, January 7, 10:30 a.m., Mike DiPaolo, Executive Director of the Lewes Historical Society, will be presenting a program at the Delaware Public Archives entitled “The War of 1812 Comes to Lewes.”  With the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 taking place in 2012, this program will address the 1813 attack on Lewes by the British Royal Navy. In March 1813, the Royal Navy established a blockade of the Delaware Bay and River.  The British squadron began to conduct raids along the coast in an effort to disrupt maritime commerce and shipping. After Delaware authorities refused a demand to provide supplies, the British ships took up bombardment positions close to the town of Lewes. From April 6th into the 7th, Lewes was shelled for twenty-two hours, with the British firing as many as 800 projectiles into the town.

Mr. DiPaolo has been the Executive Director for the Lewes Historical Society for 10 years and recently won the 2011 Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence from the American Association of Museums. This honor is awarded to people who have been outstanding in museum work, and have been in the field for less than 10 years. A graduate of The College of Wooster in Ohio, DiPaolo earned a Masters Degree in Library Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2007, DiPaolo was chosen as the Delaware Tourism Person of the Year.

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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