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Between Oct. 20, 2018 and April 6, 2019, the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del., will present “Across the Ages to the Edge of the Sea,” a seven-part lecture series exploring the history of the Lewes, Del. area from the 17th to the 20th centuries. All programs in the series begin at 2 p.m. on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator) and are free and open to the public. However, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling the museum at 302-645-1148.
“Across the Ages to the Edge of the Sea”
Schedule as of Nov. 15, 2018
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Lecture on the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware. Program by Theo Braunskill, Lenapé citizen and Elders Council member, and Nena Todd, manager of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ downtown Dover museums. Reservations must be made no later than Oct. 19, 2018.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Lecture by U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Manthorpe. In honor of Veterans Day and the signing of the armistice ending World War I, the program will explore the effects of the Great War on Lewes, Del. Reservations must be made no later than Nov. 9, 2018.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Lecture on Lightship Overfalls. Program on the history of lightships and of Lewes’ own Lightship Overfalls presented by author, instructor and Lightship Overfalls guide Wayne Kirklin. Reservations must be made no later than Dec. 7, 2018.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
Lecture on the Avery’s Rest archaeological site. Program on Avery’s Rest, a 17th-century archaeological site near Rehoboth Beach presented by Dan Griffith of Griffith Archaeology and retired director of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. Reservations must be made no later than Jan. 11, 2019.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
“Revolutionary Drinks on the Delaware.” Lecture by Marcos Salaverria, director of education for the Lewes Historical Society, who will explore the consumption of chocolate, tea and coffee in Delaware during the 18th century. Reservations must be made no later than Feb. 8, 2019.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
“Pine Tar and Petticoats.” Lecture explores the maritime clothing and material culture of Lewes, Del. in the second half of the 18th century. Reservations must be made no later than March 8, 2019.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Lecture on the bombardment of Lewes. Program by Chuck Fithian, retired curator of archaeology for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and current instructor and lecturer at Washington College, on the War of 1812 and the bombardment of Lewes in 1813. Reservations must be made no later than April 5, 2019.
The Zwaanendael Museum was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the state’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch along Hoorn Kill (present-day Lewes-Rehoboth Canal) in 1631. Designed by E. William Martin (architect of Legislative Hall and the Hall of Records in Dover), the museum is modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, and features a stepped facade gable with carved stonework and decorated shutters. The museum’s exhibits and presentations provide a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military and social history. The museum is administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware.