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The Lincolns: Portrait of a Family

Written on: September 25th, 2014 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in 1809. His son died in a mansion 117 years later. In those years, the country endured a series of dramatic changes which forever altered the course of American history. However, no family paid a more dramatic price. On Saturday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m., historian Daniel Pritchett will explore this famous American family at the Delaware Public Archives in a program titled “The Lincolns: Portrait of a Family.” Lincoln and Mary Todd, who met in 1839 and married in 1842, seemed at first glance to have nothing in common. Yet, their marriage was probably the most consequential in American history. When the Lincolns came to the White House two decades later, the country was in the midst of its greatest crisis. This presentation will focus on this improbable pair, their four sons, and the heartbreaking series of tragedies that struck the family before, during, and after the Civil War.

Daniel Pritchett has taught American history since 1969, when he moved from West Virginia to take a position with the Capital School District in Dover. After retiring in 2003, he worked for five years as an adjunct professor at Delaware State University. He presently teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is a speaker for the Delaware Humanities Forum.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Mary Lincoln

Mary Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

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And They’re Off!!!

Written on: September 12th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

Dawn Mitchell, supervisor, Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room

That’s what the Harrington Raceway track announcer will be saying around 7:30 on Monday night when the country’s top pacers will be set to do battle in the 8th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace. This race honors longtime Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen. Representative Quillen was known for his smile, optimism, and the fact the he never wore socks. He served two separate stints in the state House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972 and from 1982 to 2004, spending two of his terms in leadership as the majority whip from 1992 to 1996. Quillen was also a director of the Harrington Raceway and loved the great Delaware tradition of harness racing. With one of the biggest purses offered in Delaware at over $200,000 this harness race draws not only the top pacers in the country, but the top harness drivers. Last year a new track record was set with an amazing 1:49.2 mile! The richest pacer of all time, Foiled Again, is starting in the 1 hole. The United States Trotting Association is calling for an exciting race after last Monday’s elimination races.

If you would like to learn more about Delaware’s Harness Racing, why not stop by and check out Harness Racing Minutes from 1949-2003. Or drop in and look at old photographs from Harrington Raceway. For all of you going on Monday night to see a great Delaware tradition continue, we thought you may enjoy this photo from Harrington Raceway from 1947.

Photo of Harness Racing in Harrington, 1947. 1325-003-036-106pn

Harness Racing in Harrington, 1947. 1325-003-036-106pn


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