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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 2, 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, conducted by Tom Summers, Manager of Outreach Services, offers the public a rare opportunity to learn more about the role of the DPA, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean. Archives Director Stephen M. Marz notes that “many people who have toured the Archives are surprised by the amount of documents and photographs that are stored at the facility. Because the Delaware Public Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records, the Archives is well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.”
This special tour at the Archives will honor the Dover Days theme of Abraham Lincoln by featuring a display of original Civil War era documents that can only be viewed on the tour. Among the items that will be a proclamation to commemorate the end of the war; a muster-in roll for the First Regiment, Delaware Infantry; and an order concerning the assassination of President Lincoln. This event is free to the public and no reservations are required.