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  Archived Posts From: 2013


Happy Memorial Day!

Written on: May 24th, 2013 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryResearch Room

Picture of Rehoboth Beach Postcard

Rehoboth Beach Postcard
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Are you headed to one of our incredible beaches this weekend?  Then why not share your Delaware beach photos with us for our latest online exhibit. Not many people send postcards anymore.  With today’s technology we send pictures from our phones. We’d love to see what was happening at the beach and around Delaware at the official kickoff to summer.  Hope to see your pictures soon!

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Delaware Public Archives to Feature “Behind the Scenes” Tour

Written on: May 23rd, 2013 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesInside the DPAPhotographsResearch Room

If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually, the Delaware Public Archives will have a record of you. On Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. the staff of the Delaware Public Archives will conduct a tour of this remarkable facility. This annual “behind the scenes” tour of the building, conducted by Tom Summers, offers the public a rare opportunity to learn more about the role of the Archives, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean.  Archives Director Stephen M. Marz notes that “many people who have toured the Archives are surprised by the amount of documents and photographs that are stored at the facility.  Because the Delaware Public Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records, the Archives is well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.” Part of the tour will include a viewing of the new exhibit featuring the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection. The tour is free to the public.  No reservations are required.

A native of Milford, Tom Summers is a 13th generation Delawarean and has been with the Delaware Public Archives for more than 20 years.  Currently the Manager of Outreach Services, Summers has conducted more than 500 tours of the facility since it opened in 2001.

Photo of Thomas Summers inside the Delaware Public Archives

Thomas Summers inside the Delaware Public Archives

Come on a tour of the Archives and learn what popular phrase has its origins in the type of documents seen in the photograph.

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Your Delaware Postcard

Written on: May 8th, 2013 in Delaware HistoryResearch Room

Picture of a Greetings from Delaware Postcard from the George and Irene Caley postcard collection

Greetings from Delaware from the George and Irene Caley postcard collection

George Luther Caley was a well-known genealogist, author, local historian and an avid postcard collector. During his lifetime, George supported many causes to preserve and share history on the Delmarva Peninsula. He and his wife, Irene, were Friends and volunteers at the Delaware Public Archives. When George passed away in 2005, the future of his life’s work was uncertain.  Irene Caley generously donated George’s collection of Delaware and Delmarva postcards to The Delaware Public Archives to ensure public access to the images and for long-term preservation. View Collection

Picture of Rehoboth Beach Postcard from the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection

Rehoboth Beach Postcard from the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection

Postcards are a charming relic of a world without digital cameras and mobile internet. With the tap of a finger, people are now sharing their images in real time. Smartphones and social media have changed the way we tell our stories. Postcards have been replaced by photo text messaging, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, just to name a few.

Share your stories, adventures and everyday life with us as we build a collection of digital images of life in Delaware. Upload your images to our Facebook page, use #PostcardDE on Twitter, or email us at: We’ll add your images to our Flickr album and we might even feature your images as part of our exhibit. Don’t forget to include your name and where you took the photo – just like a postcard! And of course, don’t send us anything you wouldn’t send your mother.

Picture of "You Haven't Lived..." Postcard from the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection

“You Haven’t Lived…” Postcard from the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection

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