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The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be hosting eight special events during the month of March 2019 at the museums of the State of Delaware. Two of these programs will be presented in celebration of National Women’s History Month. A full schedule is included below. All programs are free and open to the public.
Designated by joint resolutions of the United States House of Representatives and Senate and proclaimed by the American president, National Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women’s lives and historic achievements. Each year National Women’s History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme. For 2019, the theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” The theme honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence and injustice, and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, March 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
“The Female Artists of Victor.” National Women’s History Month guided tours focus on the women who recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company, accompanied by recordings of their music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
“The Fashionable Bad Girls of Delaware.” National Women’s History Month presentation explores several stories of infamous females in Delaware’s history. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Concert by the Slinging Daisies. Original Americana groove music. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 7:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Friday–Sunday, March 8–10, 2019
“Stories of Freedom.” In celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day, guided tours will feature stories of freedom and the Underground Railroad as they pertain to the Old State House and Dover, Delaware. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
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. Part of “Across the Ages to the Edge of the Sea,” a lecture series exploring the history of the Lewes area from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Program at 2 p.m. on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations for the lecture are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than March 8, 2019.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
“Preserving African-American History in Delaware: Highlighting Vibrant Communities Through Research and the ‘Green Book.’ ” Presentation by historian Carlton Hall of the State Historic Preservation Office on the “Green Book,” a travel and vacation guidebook for people of color during the segregation era. The program will also explore the stories of African-Americans and their challenges living through the Jim Crow laws in Delaware from the 1920s to the 1960s. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St. New Castle. Program at 1 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-323-4453.
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.