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.


The Kalmar Nyckel: New Discoveries
November 4 10:30 a.m.

Bill Hutchison, Lead Educator Emeritus for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. This program will focus on how the ship operated, the navigation of the vessel, and the firing of the ship’s guns. Segments of a new film about the ship will be shown to reveal how these tasks were carried out. New documentary evidence has recently been uncovered about the fate of the Kalmar Nyckel which will be presented at the program.


December Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Meeting
December 9 2:00 p.m.

The December meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, December 9, 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.


The Delaware Department of Transportation Celebrates 100 Years
January 6 10:30 a.m.

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 Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
February 3 10:30 a.m.

During the Second World War, a question was raised and answered conclusively in a noble experiment that later became known as the “Tuskegee Experience.” Our nation’s first African-American military aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen, are remembered in this presentation designed to tell their story and reveal the significance of their achievements. Presented by Brigadier General Ernest George Talbert (Retired, USAF), this program will also include information about the achievements of other African-American warriors and civilian aviators who preceded the “Tuskegee Experience.”


February Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Meeting
February 10 2:00 p.m.

The February meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, February 10, 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.


October Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Meeting
March 3 10:30 a.m.

In celebration of Women’s History month, Dr. Cynthia Newton will present a program on women in history who exercised political power before they legally had any political rights. She will discuss historical examples, such as the Silent Sentinels who protested outside the White House for women’s suffrage, with specific focus on the contribution of Delaware’s women to that cause, and how they impact discussions of women and power today.