Specific event details will be listed as they become available.

These programs are free to the public and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted. The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover, Delaware. For more information contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.

2014 Events

May 3, 1:30 p.m.

The "Wooden World Revealed": The Archaeology and History of His Majesty's Sloop of War DeBraak
Presenter: Charles Fithian

The wars on land and sea during the late eighteenth century were an important part of Atlantic history, and unite the naval and maritime histories of many countries around the world. The DeBraak and its nearly 20,000 artifacts provide us an unparalleled opportunity to examine and understand what it meant to be a sailor in the Royal Navy during this critical period. Presented by Charles Fithian at the special time of 1:30 p.m., this program will focus on the DeBraak's role in the wider historical context of the times, the archaeological analysis of the artifacts found, and what life was like aboard a ship in the Royal Navy.

June 7, 10:30 a.m.

The D-Day Invasion
Presenter: Dr. Steve Newton

The D-Day invasion of Normandy is today remembered as an American triumph and the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. Often left out of the narrative, however, is the high level of risk, the uncertainty faced by American officers, and the sacrifices made by the troops on the blood-soaked beaches who had to redeem the miscalculations of their superiors with their own raw courage. Delaware State University Professor and military historian Dr. Steve Newton will present the story of this pivotal day in American and World History. What was it like, on June 6, 1944, to ride the first troop transports onto the beaches, to land by parachute in the bocage, or to have to wait in England to find out if the mission had succeeded or failed? Join us at the Delaware Public Archives for this program and find out.

June 14, 2:00 p.m.

Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

The April meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization for people who have an interest in genealogy, this group meets every other month at the Delaware Public Archives beginning in October and ending in June. The public is welcome to all meetings and guests are encouraged. Each meeting generally includes a guest speaker and time for sharing genealogical information.

July 5, 10:30 a.m.

The Eagle Has Landed: The ILC Development of the Apollo Spacesuit
Presenter: Bill Ayrey

With the 45th anniversary of America's landing on the moon, this program will honor the event by presenting insight into the early space suit development at International Latex Corporation (now ILC Dover). Bill Ayrey, ILC Company historian and Quality Laboratory Manager, will explain the Apollo space suit and the impact that it had on the success of the Apollo program which culminated with man's landing on the moon. In addition to discussing the Apollo space suit, Mr. Ayrey will describe the development of the Space Shuttle suit as well as the current Space Station space suit. Other topics will include ILC Dover's creation of the airbags that landed the rovers on Mars will be also be presented.