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The Cold War’s Effect on Dover Air Force Base and its Surrounding Communities

Written on: July 22nd, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

Dover Air Force Base has been a cornerstone of Dover, Delaware for over 60 years. What is little understood is the impact the base has had on the communities that surround it. On Saturday, August 6, at 10:30 a.m. MSgt Eric Czerwinski, USAF, (Retired) will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about Dover […]


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From Humble Beginnings: The First Thirty Years of Dover Air Force Base

Written on: June 17th, 2016 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

(Dover, DE) On Saturday, July 2, at 10:30 a.m. Mike Leister, Director of the Air Mobility Command (AMC) Museum in Dover, will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the early years of the Dover Air Force Base. In 1940 the City of Dover accepted an offer to build a federally funded airport. […]


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Celebrate Dover Days with Two Tours of the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: April 28th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

A Dover Tour of the Delaware Public Archives On Monday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m., the Delaware Public Archives will offer a special evening program titled “A Dover Tour of the Delaware Public Archives.” While featuring all the traditional components of a “behind the scenes” tour of the facility, this visit will include documents, maps, […]


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robin brown, Richard B. Carter and Harry F. Themal Receive Governor’s Heritage Award

Written on: February 25th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware History

On Thursday morning, February 25, Governor Jack A. Markell honored robin brown, Richard B. Carter, and Harry F. Themal as the latest recipients of the Governor’s Heritage Award in a ceremony held at the Buena Vista Conference Center. Established in 2003 by the Office of the Secretary of State, the Governor’s Heritage Award is given […]


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The Freedmen’s Bureau: Records and Research during Reconstruction

Written on: January 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m., Certified Genealogist Michael Hait will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on one of the lesser known federal agencies, the Freedman’s Bureau. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands operated from the end of the Civil War until 1872 under the U.S. War Department. […]


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Vice President Burr

Written on: November 6th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryInside the DPA

Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager Sometimes the signature on a letter is more important than the message contained within. Written on November 6, 1804, this correspondence to Delaware Governor David Hall documents the resignation of Delaware’s Senator William Hill Wells. However, the most interesting section is the signature. Located in the lower right corner is […]


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The Life and Times of Ann Moore Ridgely

Written on: September 21st, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Susanne Fox will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about Ann Moore Ridgely. A most unusual woman, Ridgely lived in Dover from 1775 until 1810 when she died. She was a wife, mother, estate manager, widow, and active member of the Dover community. Married to […]


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In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: John Dickinson, James Madison and the United States Constitution

Written on: August 31st, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

As an early celebration of Constitution Day on September 17, the Delaware Public Archives will present a special program about the United States Constitution on Saturday, September 5, 10:30 a.m. at the Archives. Presented by Henry J. Foresman, Jr. this program will explore how both James Madison and John Dickinson, in their own way, helped […]


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Guide to World War II Records at DPA

Written on: August 11th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPAPhotographsResearch Room

The seventieth anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War II seems an appropriate time to make our followers aware that a Guide to World War II Records at the Delaware Public Archives has recently been created. The finding aid is available online and in paper format in the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room. The […]


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100+ Books Added to DPA Reference Collection

Written on: August 3rd, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPAPhotographsResearch Room

100+ books have been added to the reference collection at the Delaware Public Archives.


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