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Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 am
Presenter: Jennifer Cohan, Secretary of Delaware Department of Transportation
In 1917, the Delaware General Assembly passed the Highway Act of 1917, forming a centralized highway department with the authority to build and maintain a “permanent” highway system extending throughout the state. Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan will present on the history of the department and how our transportation system has evolved over the past century.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm
The April meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, April 13, 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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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 4, 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.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:30 am
Presenter: Charles Fithian
During the American Revolution, the Delaware Regiment established a record for military discipline, efficiency, and dependability on the battlefield. The regiment’s characteristics and prowess in combat in many ways reflected developments within the Continental Army as that force became the professionalized military organization General Washington sought to create during the course of the war. This presentation will offer some of the preliminary findings of a new study of this unit, and will describe some of the distinctive features of the Delaware Regiment and its service during the War for American Independence.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm
The June meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, June 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.
Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10:30 am
Presenter: Jack Clemons
An insider’s view of NASA’s Apollo Moon Program, an informative and entertaining account of life as a young engineer working on the greatest adventure of our times. Clemons will include vintage photographs and anecdotes drawn from his time as a lead engineer supporting the Apollo astronauts during their return flight from the Moon. He’ll also share some little known stories about the people and teamwork that saved both the Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 missions from near disaster.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10:30 am
Presenter: Lucas R. Clawson
The DuPont Company played a major role in arming and equipping America’s military during World War II. Though better known for manufacturing things like smokeless powder, TNT, Nylon, and Teflon, DuPont also had a hand in the Manhattan Project and the development of atomic weapons. Come learn about how DuPont helped usher in the Nuclear Age in this talk by Hagley Historian Lucas R. Clawson.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30 am
Presenter: Micheal Nazarewycz
From the opera house and movie palace to the modern multiplex, the big screen in Delaware is more than a century old. Hollywood legend Cary Grant visited the Playhouse in 1955, fondly recalling his days on its stage as a child actor. Clint Eastwood came to Wilmington for a secret test screening of his film The Gauntlet at the Branmar Cinema. The groundbreaking history of Star Wars includes a Delaware theater that was one of only forty-five in the country to open the film. Author Michael J. Nazarewycz recounts the cinematic history of Delaware’s movie theaters.
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