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 War to End All Wars: A Look Back at World War I
April 1st 10:03 a.m.

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. On Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. Henry J. Foresman will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives that will examine the political and diplomatic reasons why America decided to send troops to support the allied war effort. This presentation will provide an overview of America’s contribution to the allied military operations in Europe and will explore the life of the American soldiers who were sent to France to fight in “the war to end all wars.”


April Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
April 8th 2:00 p.m.

The April meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, April 8, 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 speaker for the April meeting will be Glenn Layton, co-founder of the Col. David L. Stricker Camp 64, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Mr. Layton will be speaking on the group’s program to place star shaped markers on the graves of Delaware’s Civil War soldiers.


Rediscovering Delaware Artist Stanley Arthurs
April 29th 10:30 a.m.

This program, presented by James C. Thompson, will focus on the contributions made to the art of illustration by Stanley Arthurs, one of Howard Pyle’s most able protégés. In the nearly eight decades since his death, Arthurs has drifted out of the public memory. The presenter will discuss Arthurs’ life and resurrect the artist to his rightful place by discussing the scope of his career and his connection to Howard Pyle. The backdrop for his comments will be one of Stanley Arthurs’ most memorable works, The First Day of Peace, which Arthurs painted in 1923 and is on display at the Delaware Public Archives.


A "Behind the Scenes" Tour of the Delaware Public Archives
May 6th 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 6, 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. As a special feature, this tour will feature a display of propaganda posters from the World War I era to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war.


The Road to Appomattox: Union Soliders and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865
June 3rd 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Steven E. Sodergren will present this program, examining the experiences of soldiers in the Army of the Potomac, including several Delawareans, during the last year of the Civil War. What motivated these men to see the conflict through to victory and how did these soldiers react to the escalating bloodshed of the war? The program will also focus on how Americans adapted to the changing forms of warfare during this era.