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.

In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: John Dickinson, James Madison and the United States Constitution

Sept. 5, 2015 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Henry J. Foresman, Jr.
This program will explore how both James Madison and John Dickinson, in their own way, helped shape the Constitution and our early republic. While James Madison is remembered as the father of our Constitution, many forget the contribution of John Dickinson, who after Madison, may have been the most learned scholar of government and politics from antiquity to the age of the American Revolution. It was Dickinson who was the strongest proponent of the notion of an upper chamber based not on population, but equality for all the states regardless of their size.

The Life and Times of Ann Moore Ridgely

October 3, 2015 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Susanne Fox
This program focuses on Ann Moore Ridgely, a most unusual woman who lived in Dover from 1775 until 1810 when she died. Ridgely was a wife, mother, plantation manager, widow, and member of the Dover community. She was married to Dr. Charles Ridgely who died in 1785 leaving her with five young children whom she reared by herself. This program is based on over 800 family letters housed in the Delaware Public Archives.

October Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

October 10, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
The October meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, October 10, 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.

The Basics of Italian Genealogical Research

November 7, 2015 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Melanie Holtz
The majority of records used for Italian genealogical research come from two major record sets, civil registration and ecclesiastical records. This lecture will cover what type of civil and ecclesiastical records are available, where to find these records, and the recent archival reclassifications of civil registration. This will be the first webinar program presented as a part of the Archives’ First Saturday series.