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The Delaware State Fair: A Century of Family Fun




The Delaware State Archives is proud to present a new exhibit “The Delaware State Fair: A Century of Family Fun.”

The exhibit, which is a partnership between the Archives and the State Fair presents the story of the history of the Fair using original artifacts from the State Fair, historical photos and documents from the DPA’s holdings, and a newly-processed film clip from 1947 of scenes that were filmed back when the State Fair was known as “The Kent-Sussex Fair.”





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American Illustration Collection: The Centennial Exhibition




The Delaware National Guard and the Delaware Public Archives are proud to present the American Illustration Collection: The Centennial Exhibition.

This exhibition features eighteen original oil paintings from 1918-1919 by famed illustrators Frank E. Schoonover, Gayle Porter Hoskins and Albin Henning in a gallery setting. These artists are among the most popular and prolific illustrators of the early 20th century.

The paintings were commissioned by the “Ladies Home Journal” to illustrate key events and scenes of World War I, and were printed in their popular feature “Souvenir Pictures of the Great War.”




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The Great War & The First State





The Great War & The First State is an exhibit created by the Delaware Public Archives to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I.

The exhibit explores Delaware’s important role in World War I. Although small, the First State answered the call with a BIG effort both overseas and here at home.

Exhibit highlights include World War I military records, soldier and civilian-made Trench Art, and the elegant 22-piece Silver Service presented to the USS Delaware battleship in October 1910.





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