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Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm




Event:
Rededication of The Lynching of George White Historical Marker

Location:
Greenbank Park
Greenbank Park
Wilmington, Delaware

Details:

The Lynching of George White Historical Marker documents the lynching of George White in the Prices Corner area in June 1903. Savannah Shepherd, a high school senior at the Sanford School, initiated the process of this dedication. After the first historical marker was reported stolen in early August, a replacement marker was ordered.

About the event: This event is being held to dedicate the replacement historical marker, which was funded with generous donations from private citizens.

Marker Location: SW corner of Greenbank Park, near brick tower from NCC Workhouse

 

Guests should RSVP to Scott Goss, Communications Director for Senate Majority Caucus

302-744-4180

scott.goss@delaware.gov

 

Who will be attending:

U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

Gov. John Carney

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long

State Senator Darius Brown

Members of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer

Stated Clerk Bob Schminkey of New Castle Presbytery

Stephen Marz, Delaware Public Archives

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

Savannah Shepherd

Delaware State University Choir

Other state and county officials

 

Event Coordinator: Katie Hall
Event Coordinator Phone: (302) 744-5036
Event Coordinator Email: katie.hall@delaware.gov






Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 11:30 am




Event:
Crooked Billet Historical Marker Dedication

Location:
Crooked Billet Marker Dedication
3510 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, Delaware

Details:

The Crooked Billet Historical Marker recognizes the Crooked Billet property, which William Penn deeded to Adam Stedham in 1684. Stedham’s son expanded a small stone home into a tavern known as the Crooked Billet in 1702. The tavern operated until 1811 when the property became a family farm. The du Pont Family owned the Crooked Billet property from 1864-2016.

 

Legislative Sponsor: Representative Gerald Brady






Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm




Event:
Harvey Barn Marker Dedication

Location:
Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Rd.
Wilmington, Delaware

Details:

The Harvey Barn Marker recognizes the Village of Ardentown’s Harvey Barn, which was built in the 1890s as part of the Harvey Farm and converted into the Robin Hood Theatre in the 1930s. In 1969, the theater reopened as the Candlelight Theatre and is now a year-round non-profit dinner theater.

 

Legislative Sponsor: Senator Cathy Cloutier

Event Coordinator: Katie Hall
Event Coordinator Phone: (302) 744-5036
Event Coordinator Email: katie.hall@delaware.gov






Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:30 am




Event:
A History of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware

Location:
Delaware Public Archives
121 MLK JR BLVD N
Dover, Delaware

Details:

Presenter: Chief Dennis Coker

The Delaware Public Archives will commemorate Native American Heritage month with a presentation by Dennis J. Coker, Principal Chief of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware. The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, representing the ‘First People of the First State,’ is located in northern Kent County in and around the town of Cheswold. Its’ people, who are ethnically distinct, have been known historically as the Delaware Moors. Chief Coker will present historical information about the Lenape Indian Tribe and discuss how the elders of the Cheswold Lenape community decided in the 1990s to celebrate their unique history and form the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware.






Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm




Event:
December Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Meeting

Location:
Delaware Public Archives
121 MLK JR BLVD N
Dover, Delaware

Details:

The December meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, December 14, 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, January 4, 2020 at 10:30 am




Event:
War Beneath the Waves: U.S. Submarine Operations in World War II

Location:
Delaware Public Archives
121 MLK JR BLVD N
Dover, Delaware

Details:

Presenter: Robert Clark, President of Wesley College and former Commandant of Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy

Submarine Operations during World War II were some of the most dangerous and clandestine operations of the war, providing warfare commanders with unmatched capability in anti-shipping, mining, insertion/support of Special Forces, intelligence & warning, search & recovery, anti-submarine warfare, and reconnaissance that helped turn the tide of the war in the Atlantic and Pacific. President Clark will present on the history of the U.S. Submarine Force during World War II and reflect on how the lessons learned almost 80 years ago are still applied today and are the foundation of our current submarine force culture.






Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 am




Event:
The 1950s: The Delaware Comprehensive High Schools and Delaware State College

Location:
Delaware Public Archives
121 MLK JR BLVD N
Dover, Delaware

Details:

Presenter: Dr. Donald Blakey

In 1953, Dr. Jerome H. Holland was hired as the new President of Delaware State College. Dr. Holland had three sources of student recruitment – out of state, Wilmington’s Howard High School and Delaware State College’s High School. Coming to the rescue of the struggling college were many of the graduates of the newly formed county comprehensive high schools for African Americans and American Indians. These schools were Wm. C. Jason (Sussex), Wm. H. Henry (Kent) and Lewis L. Redding (New Castle). The graduates of these schools provided a continuous and highly important flow of student traffic to sustain the important efforts set in motion for Delaware State College by Dr. Holland. The intent of this program is to interact with former students of the schools in order to explore and capture valued experience gained within their home institutions and Delaware State College. These recorded memories will provide a permanent record to be available to current and future scholars.






Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:30 am




Event:
Delaware’s Struggle for Women’s Right to Vote

Location:
Delaware Public Archives
121 MLK JR BLVD N
Dover, Delaware

Details:

Presenter: Dr. Anne Boylan and Emily Green

During the spring of 1920, all political eyes were on Delaware. The General Assembly was meeting in special session to consider ratifying the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s constitutional right to vote. Thirty-five states had ratified; only one more was needed. In this struggle, women experienced a formidable and surprising foe; other women. Nowhere is that more evident than in Delaware, where a massive battle to be the last state to ratify the amendment took place. On June 2, 1920 The Women’s Committee of Delaware Opposed to Women’s Suffrage effectively lobbied the state legislature who voted down the amendment. Anne Boylan and Emily Green will share the stage to discuss both the suffrage and anti-suffrage movements that were active in the First State.





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