Exhibits & Displays



Special Events

December

Quill Pen Writing and 18th Century Transcription

Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Write a fancy letter the old fashion way with a quill pen. Learn this technique from experienced historic interpreters as well as learn to translate historic documents.
The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054

January

Tales Tombstones Tell

Saturday, January 2, 1 p.m.

Come to the museum to enjoy the stories of Ed Okonowicz. This program examines the rich history found on grave markers in Delaware. Guided tours of the “Delaware Mourns Lincoln: A demonstration of Love and Sorrow” exhibit are available throughout the day. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Program at 1:00 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054

Courage and Freedom

January 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interpretive tours will focus on three compelling stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at the Old State House. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054

February

Preservation 50: Preserving African-American History in Delaware: People Places and Events.

Saturday, Februay 6, 1 p.m.

This panel discussion will explore the latest research and findings on African-American history in Delaware by local historians. This program is presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Program at 1:00 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054

Preservation 50: Maps, Taxes and African-American Presence in Kent County, Delaware 1837 and 1845

Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m.

This presentation by Madeline Dunn, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ historian and National Register of Historic Places coordinator, will highlight the African-American community in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Del. in the mid-19th century. This program is presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Program at 1:00 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054

Preservation 50:‘Home Places of African Americans on the Delaware Landscape: Stories Found Through Archaeology and the Written Records.

Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m.

Presentation by Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs archaeologist Craig Lukezic brings to life the family stories of local African-American residents of the past. This program is presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Program at 1:00 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054

Preservation 50—‘African-American History in 20th Century Delaware: The Green Book.

Saturday, February 27, 1 p.m.

This presentation by historian Bev Laing and researcher Carlton Hall of the State Historic Preservation Office will examine the famed “Green Book,” This manual served as a travel and vacation guidebook for people of color during the segregation era. The program will explore the stories of African Americans of the last century and their challenges living through the Jim Crow laws in Delaware from the 1920s to the 1960s. This program is presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. Program at 1:00 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. (302) 744-5054