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Division to sponsor nine special events during June 2019


During the month of June 2019, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring nine 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.

The First Delaware Regiment will be conducting demonstrations on the New Castle Green as part of the "Separation—Freedom for Delaware" program on June 9, 2019. The program is a component of New Castle’s annual Separation Day celebration.
The First Delaware Regiment will be conducting demonstrations on the New Castle Green as part of the “Separation—Freedom for Delaware” program on June 9, 2019. The program is a component of New Castle’s annual Separation Day celebration.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, June 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019
“Black Music Month Celebration.” In recognition of African-American Music Appreciation Month, guided tours will highlight the contributions African-American artists made to music around the world, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings 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.

Paul Robeson will be one of the artists featured in the “Black Music Month Celebration” at the Johnson Victrola Museum on June 1, 2019.
Paul Robeson will be one of the artists featured in the “Black Music Month Celebration” at the Johnson Victrola Museum on June 1, 2019.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
“Play That Old-Time Country Music.” Program explores Victor Records’ early recordings of country music, accompanied by 78-rpm records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. 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. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.

Sunday, June 9, 2019
“Separation—Freedom for Delaware.” As part of the Separation Day celebration marking the 243rd anniversary of Delaware’s split from Great Britain and Pennsylvania to form the Delaware State, the New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., will offer activities and demonstrations by the First Delaware Regiment from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and “Caesar Rodney in his Own Words,” a historical play by museum historic-site interpreter David Price at 2 p.m. Both activities will take place on the Green adjacent to the museum. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray. Admission free for museum events. 302-323-4453.

Thursdays, June 13, 20 and 27, 2019
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 hca_zmevents@state.de.us or call 302-645-1148.

Artistic rendition of the capsizing of the DeBraak by Peggy Kane, 1990
Artistic rendition of the capsizing of the DeBraak by Peggy Kane, 1990.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Historic preservation symposium. Daylong series of programs exploring disaster preparedness, issues regarding elevating historic properties in flood-prone areas and National Register nominations. The Delaware Room, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-736-7400 no later than June 19, 2019.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
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 hca_zmevents@state.de.us or call 302-645-1148.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Wilmington Pirate Festival. Event includes pirate-themed ship tours, demonstrations, games, crafts, live music, face painting, food and beverages. Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Fort Christina National Historic Landmark, 1110 E. Seventh St., Wilmington. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 302-429-7447.

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.

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