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Delaware Public Archives to Feature “Behind the Scenes” Tour for Dover Days

Written on: April 27th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives (DPA) will receive the information that documents these important events. On Saturday, May 2, 1:30 p.m. the staff of the Archives will conduct a tour of this remarkable facility. This annual “behind the scenes” tour of the building, conducted […]


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How Do I Preserve My Documents, Photographs and Digital Memories?

Written on: March 25th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

When it comes to family history, those books, papers and photographs we all keep stored away do more than just record the past — they connect us with our loved ones and ancestors, and often tell us as much about our present and future as they do about our history. Join the Delaware Public Archives […]


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“More Treasures of the Archives” Program Coming to the Lewes Public Library on Monday Night

Written on: February 20th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

On Monday night, February 23, 6:30 p.m., Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager at the Delaware Public Archives, will be speaking at the Lewes Public Library in Lewes, Delaware. Summers will be presenting a program titled “More Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives.” While the Delaware Public Archives has presented its original “Treasures” program for many […]


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Researching African American Genealogy: From the Antebellum Period to the Reconstruction Era

Written on: January 27th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

Nineteenth century African American genealogy is particularly difficult for researchers. On Saturday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. the Delaware Public Archives will host a special program which will explore this challenging time period for African American genealogy. Presented by Shamele Jordon, the program will focus on a variety of sources and strategies for locating ancestors […]


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Upcoming Program at the Archives about Delaware in the War of 1812

Written on: December 19th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

In 1814 the War of 1812 was entering into its second full year. During the previous year the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware Valley region experienced active naval campaigning and a seaborne blockade. On Saturday, January 3, at 10:30 a.m. historian Charles (Chuck) Fithian will visit the Delaware Public Archives to present a program on […]


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A Plot in the Shape of Delaware

Written on: December 8th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager One of the joys of working at the Delaware Public Archives is discovering interesting documents that have not been processed until now and has not been seen for hundreds of years. Recently, I blogged about a Kent County Orphans Court plot that was more than 25 feet long which was […]


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Thanksgiving Proclamations

Written on: November 24th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPA

To help us get in the Thanksgiving spirit, we took a look back at former Delaware governors’ Thanksgiving proclamations.


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Delaware Votes

Written on: November 3rd, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

Sarah Denison, processing archivist Tomorrow Delawareans up and down the state will head to polling places to cast their vote in the midterm election. Not sure who to vote for? For hundreds of years political parties and special-interest groups have issued flyers endorsing candidates. Check out these tickets from the 1800s. They won’t help you make a decision tomorrow, but […]


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Marking Delaware History

Written on: October 29th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware History

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month. Kate Fair, markers coordinator Delaware has over 570 historical markers located throughout the state. Historical markers are first proposed by members of the public, vetted for historical significance by the Delaware Public Archives, and financially sponsored by state senators and representatives. The Delaware Historical […]


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Newly Processed Archives Document Measures More than 25 Feet in Length

Written on: October 17th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPA

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month. Tom Summers, Outreach Manager   Recently, processing and reference archivist Margaret Dunham uncovered a document in the Kent County Orphans Court Case Files Collection that measured almost 26 feet in length. The file, from the year 1822, focues on a section of property in […]


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