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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Delaware Department of Transportation Celebrates 100 Years
January 6 10:30 a.m.
Due to Secretary Cohan’s responsibilities at DelDOT during the recent inclement weather, “The Delaware Department of Transportation Celebrates 100 Years” scheduled for tomorrow is postponed. The presentation will be rescheduled for a later date.
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. The Delaware General Assembly passed the Highway Act of 1917 which formed a centralized highway department with the authority to build and maintain a “permanent” highway system extending throughout the state. Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan will present on the history of the department and how Delaware’s transportation system has evolved over the past century.
The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 7 10:30 a.m.
In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in 1968, the Delaware Public Archives will present a program titled “The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Presented by Rev. Dr. John Moore, Sr. this program will focus on Dr. King’s life from his youth in Georgia, his years as the leader of the civil rights movement, the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, and his tragic assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Rev. Dr. Moore will also re-enact three of Dr. King’s most famous speeches: “We Shall Overcome,” “I Have a Dream,” and his final speech, “The Mountain Top,” presented the night before his assassination.
April Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Meeting
April 14 2:00 p.m.
The April meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2:00 p.m. at the Delaware Public Archives. 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.
“Behind the Scenes” Tour of the Delaware Public Archives
May 5 1:30 p.m.
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 5, 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 offers the public a rare opportunity to learn more about the role of DPA, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean.