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The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs notes, with sadness, the passing of Joe Gates who served from 2008 to 2018 as a volunteer on the agency’s Collections Committee which is responsible for the review and approval of all acquisitions of Delaware-related objects and artifacts for the state’s collections.
Originally from Finleyville, Pa., Gates lived in Delaware for many years where he served in a variety of positions including social-studies teacher, principal and librarian. His work helped bring history alive for Delaware students at Laurel Middle School; and at William Henry Middle School and Delaware Technical Community College in Dover. As a collector, he had a special interest in, among other things, bookmarks and Dover postcards.
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