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  Archived Posts From: 2017


Think Your Job is Dangerous?

Written on: June 30th, 2017 in Blog PostsPhotographsResearch Room

Photo of Men with a cow and a calf

Men with a Cow and a Calf

Many people have experienced injuries while at the workplace. These maladies could be anything from getting a papercut while filing paperwork, having back strains from lifting a heavy box, or even getting the dreaded Carpal Tunnel from typing on a keyboard for too long. Then again, most of these injuries occur in the modern day workplace: the office. Your garden-variety office worker has surely experienced any of these or other minor symptoms at one time or another, yet has anyone you know ever been injured by a cow?

A few weeks ago, a researcher came in and asked to look up some records on Industrial Accident Board cases via the Department of Labor. While perusing some of these files, a coworker and I stumbled upon a case from an employee of one of the du Pont family members. The employee in question was described as having a “hurt neck”, and the injury report stated something along the lines of: “Employee was milking a cow. The cow fell over, landing on and injuring the employee’s neck”.

I know it’s never polite to laugh at someone during an accident, but seeing as this took place in the mid-20th century, my coworker and I felt OK with erupting with laughter as to this poor soul’s workplace cow-tastrophe. I mean, how many people have had a cow fall on their neck while at work?

And you thought you had it bad when the copier machine stops working…

For more information on Industrial Accident Board visit the “Old Awards” & Closed Case Files Department of Labor page

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Pickett’s Charge

Written on: June 21st, 2017 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. Delaware Heritage Commission member Terry Wright will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on Pickett’s Charge, the climatic final attack at the Battle of Gettysburg. After two years of war, and several days of hard fighting on the Union flanks around the town of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee believed that a concerted attack upon the troops at the center of General George Meade’s Army of the Potomac along Cemetery Ridge could break the Union line. Lee hoped this would force a retreat towards Washington and, perhaps, encourage the Federal government to sue for peace. This program will explore the different aspects of this final part of the battle and examine why it is such an important part of American history.

Terry Wright has been a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission since 2009, and chaired the Commission’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. A lifelong Delawarean and 1982 graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., Terry served for 27 years on the staff of United States Senator Joseph R., Biden, Jr. He also serves on the Service Academy Nominations Board of United States Senator Christopher Coons, having previously served in a similar capacity for former Senator Ted Kaufman and former Representative John Carney. A resident of Gordon Heights in suburban Wilmington, Terry is Chairman of the Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council, an organization dedicated to historic preservation and community planning in the neighborhoods of Eastern Brandywine Hundred along the Delaware River.

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

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What do you mean not everything is online?

Written on: June 16th, 2017 in Blog PostsResearch Room

If I had a dollar for every time a researcher said that phrase! Unfortunately, there’s a big misconception that you can find everything about your family history with one click of the mouse. Truth is, only a very small portion of records have been digitized and are available on the internet. You still need to visit the Archives to find the records you may have been missing. We have births, marriages, and death records. You can look through probate files, deeds, orphans court records, tax assessments, apprentice indentures, Bible records, family histories and church records. Why not take a minute and view our Collection Gateway to see if you can find any of your relatives? Stop in and see us. We would be happy to talk to you and show you the records you may have been missing.

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