During the month of August 2018, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 12 special programs at sites across the state. A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, all programs are free and open to the public.
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, August 2018
Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018
“Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak.” Special tour explores the history, artifacts and surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 9 a.m. Limited seating. Admission $10 (cash or check only). For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-645-1148.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Third annual “Movie Night on the Lawn.” Screening of “Jumanji” provided by Ultimate Outdoor Movies plus the Professor Looney Photo Booth, live music, lawn games and food trucks from Out of The Ordinary Catering, Kona Ice and the Sweetest Rose Cupcake Company. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray. Buena Vista: A Delaware Country Estate, 661 S. Dupont Highway (Route 13), New Castle. Activities begin at 6 p.m. Film begins at 8:30 p.m. 302-323-4430.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
“Medicine Through the Wars: The Evolution of American Wartime Medicine.” Lecture examines the progress made in military medical practices, and the role Delawareans played in that progress from the American Revolution through World War II. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Lecture at 11 a.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
“Sound, Stage, and Screen.” Program examines the careers of two American musical pioneers of the early-20th century—George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin—and shows how they shaped the Broadway stage and Hollywood movies for more than 50 years. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Program at 1:30 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
“Straws.” Screening of the documentary “Straws” by Linda Booker which explores plastic straw litter, its impacts and how communities are making a sea change on plastic waste. Free reusable straws and bags for participants until supplies run out. Co-sponsored by Plastic Free Delaware and New Castle Green: Net Zero Waste. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. 7 p.m. 302-323-4453.
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild. Program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 1–3 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
“The Empty Glass: Sherlock Holmes Comes to Dover.” Theatrical performance in which Sherlock Holmes, having solved every case in Victorian London, embarks on a journey to America. Arriving in Dover, he and his trusted colleague Dr. Watson attempt to solve the grisly murder case of “The Empty Glass.” Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and an actual Dover court case. Presented in coordination with Dover Comic Con. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Programs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but visitors are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating. 302-744-5054.
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
“Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak.” Special tour explores the history, artifacts and surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 5 p.m. Limited seating. Admission $10 (cash or check only). For reservations, e-mail email@example.com or call 302-645-1148.
Administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the five museums of the State of Delaware—the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum—tell the story of the First State’s contributions to the history and culture of the United States. Through tours, exhibits, school programs and hands-on activities, the museums shine a spotlight on Delaware’s unique history and the diverse people who came to live there. The museums are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The New Castle Court House Museum and the John Dickinson Plantation are partner sites of the First State National Historical Park. The Old State House is located on the Dover Green, another partner site of the park. Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events.