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.


DuPont and the American Civil War
Saturday, June 2 10:30 am

Presented by: Lucas R. Clawson
Du Pont was the nation’s most prominent black powder manufacturer on the eve of the Civil War. In this program, Lucas R. Clawson will examine the company’s role during the conflict. When fighting broke out in 1861, the Federal Government called on Du Pont to make black powder for the Army and Navy as well as provide some of the necessary raw ingredients for other manufacturers. The company, however, was not assured of high profits or prestige during the war despite the large government orders. Unstable economic conditions, Delaware’s political situation, and the uncertainties of war made it difficult for Du Pont to do business.


Downstate DE Genealogical Society Meeting
Saturday, June 9 2:00 pm

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


Maximizing Ancestry.com to Find Your Genealogical Roots
Saturday, July 7 10:30 am

Presented by: Sydney F. Cruice Dixon
Ancestry.com is one of the most popular and valued genealogical tools in the world. Understanding and maximizing its usefulness is essential in order to efficiently search and record your family’s history. In this program, professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will share tips and search strategies to help researchers become more effective family genealogists and ensure individuals are getting the most of your Ancestry.com subscription