A proclamation signed by President Obama yesterday designated three sites in Delaware as a National Monument. The Dover Green, New Castle County Court House Complex and Woodlawn, a scenic tract of land east of the Brandywine River and north of Brandywine Creek State Park, make up The First State’s first National Monument. The President designated these sites as a National Monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The act, signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt, gives the President of the Unites States authority to restrict use of public lands owned by the federal government by executive order.
These three sites were selected to highlight Delaware’s colonial and industrial history as well as Delaware’s role as the first state to ratify the Constitution. Get to know Delaware’s first National Monument a little better by checking out some of these images from our holdings. Celebrate our new national designation by visiting these historic sites soon.
For more pictures of the national monument sites, explore the Delaware Public Archives Facebook Page
On Wednesday, February 27, Governor Jack Markell presented the Governor’s Heritage Award to former Delaware Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of State William T. Quillen at a ceremony at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover. The Governor’s Heritage Award is given to those Delawareans who have contributed significantly to the recognition, preservation, and celebration of Delaware’s heritage. Quillen is the ninth person to receive the distinction. As Secretary of State, Quillen was a strong advocate for the new public archives building which is enjoyed today by citizens from across the nation.