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.


Pickett’s Charge
July 1 10:30 a.m.

Presented by Terry Wright, this program will explore Pickett's Charge, the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg. After two years of war, and two days of hard fighting on the Union flanks, Confederate General Robert E. Lee believed that a concerted attack upon the troops at the center of George Meade's Army of the Potomac along Cemetery Ridge could break the Union line, forcing a retreat towards Washington and, perhaps, encouraging the Federal government to sue for peace.


“Genealogy In Your Genes: Using DNA for Genealogical Research”
August 5 10:30 a.m.

This program is presented by Michael Hait, CG. Learn the basics of ‘genetic genealogy’ as a way to supplement your traditional research and break through brick walls. This presentation will include details on Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA research. You will learn about comparing your test results with other individuals and surname projects, and how to target your testing to discover the desired connections.


Delaware During the American Revolution
September 2 10:30 a.m.

This program is presented by Kim Burdick. Have you ever wondered what happened in Delaware during the Revolutionary War? How did the British get from the Head of the Elk River to Chadds Ford for the Battle of the Brandywine? This program will examine this period of Delaware history through the letters and writings of colonial Delawareans who lived through the ordeal and recorded the arrival of the British army and the social upheaval it brought to our colony.


Resurrecting the Past: How Cemeteries and their Records Speak to Researchers
October 7 10:30 a.m.

Presented by Kevin Barni. Both professional and amateur genealogists have spent countless hours documenting local cemeteries. Their contributions provide insight on the people interred there, and the visible landscape. This presentation discusses the types of records found within cemeteries, and the knowledge gained from studying them. The usefulness of these records will be explored through two case studies.


October Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Meeting
October 14 2:00 p.m.

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


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.