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Delaware’s role in the creation of the United States was recognized on March 23, 2017 during the opening ceremonies in Virginia for the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museum tells the story of the founding of the nation from the late-Colonial period through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Museum celebrations took place between March 23 and April 4, with each day honoring one of the original 13 states in the order in which they ratified the Constitution. Delaware earned the pole position as a result of its Dec. 7, 1787 ratification of the nation’s founding document, the first state to do so.
Gov. Carney was represented at the March 23 ceremony by Linda Parkowski, director of the Delaware Tourism Office. The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs was represented by John Dickinson Plantation staff members Gloria Henry, who participated in a panel discussion on Delaware’s heroes and heroines of the American Revolution, and Vertie Lee who helped staff information tables on Delaware history. Other Delaware individuals and organizations participating in the event included historians Kim Burdick and Wade Catts, and representatives the 1st Delaware Regiment, Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, First State Heritage Park, the George Washington Society and Read House & Gardens.
For press coverage of the event, go to the following:
Delaware Day marks unveiling of American Revolution museum
Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Va.—March 25, 2017