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Colonial Contagion: Smallpox and the American Revolution

Written on: July 26th, 2018 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, August 4, at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will host a program about the role of smallpox during the American Revolution. While the War for Independence raged throughout America, the smallpox epidemic was a major issue for both soldiers and civilians. In this program, Dr. Stephanie Holyfield will discuss the impact of […]


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Research Room to Close at Noon on Tuesday, July 17

Written on: July 6th, 2018 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Tuesday, July 17, the Research Room at the Delaware Public Archives will close at noon.  It will reopen on Wednesday, July 18, at 8:30 a.m.


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Du Pont and the American Civil War

Written on: May 25th, 2018 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

On Saturday, June 2, 10:30 a.m., Lucas R. Clawson will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the Du Pont Company and its role during the American Civil War. Du Pont was the nation’s most prominent black powder manufacturer on the eve of the conflict between the North and the South. When fighting […]


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Silent Sentinels

Written on: February 22nd, 2018 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will celebrate Women’s History month by hosting a presentation titled “Silent Sentinels.” This program, presented by Dr. Cynthia Newton of Wesley College, will focus on women in history who exercised political power before they legally had any political rights. She will discuss historical examples, such […]


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The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

Written on: January 25th, 2018 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

On Saturday, February 3, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will celebrate African American History Month by hosting a program titled “The Tuskegee Airmen.” During the Second World War, a question was raised and answered conclusively in a military initiative that later became known as the “Tuskegee Experience.” Our nation’s first African-American military aviators, the […]


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The Delaware Department of Transportation Celebrates 100 Years

Written on: December 21st, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

In 2017 the Delaware Department of Transportation celebrated 100 years of service to the residents of Delaware and all who travel through the First State. On Saturday, January 6, at 10:30 a.m. Jennifer Cohan, Secretary of Delaware Department of Transportation will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on the first 100 years […]


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The Kalmar Nyckel: New Discoveries

Written on: October 25th, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

 On Saturday, November 4, at 10:30 a.m. Bill Hutchison of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on how the Kalmar Nyckel operated, with special emphasis on the navigation of the vessel, and the firing of the ship’s guns. Segments of a new film about the ship will […]


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Resurrecting the Past: How Cemeteries and Their Records Speak to Researchers

Written on: September 26th, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivespreservationResearch Room

On Saturday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. Kevin Barni, Historical Marker Program Coordinator at the Delaware Public Archives, will present a program at the Archives about the importance of cemetery research. Both professional and amateur genealogists have spent countless hours documenting local cemeteries. Their contributions provide insight on the people interred there, and the visible landscape. […]


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Delaware during the American Revolution

Written on: August 29th, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

On Saturday, September 2, 10:30 a.m. historian Kim Burdick will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about Delaware during the American Revolution. How did Delawareans react in 1777 when an invading British army of 17,000 soldiers landed near Delaware at the Head of the Elk River to march to Philadelphia? What strategic maneuvers […]


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The Road to Appomattox: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865

Written on: May 24th, 2017 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

During the last year of the American Civil War, the main Union and Confederate armies in Virginia were engaged in trench warfare, a method of combat that was far different from the first three years of the conflict. On Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m. the Delaware Public Archives will host a program presented by […]


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