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New Castle Court House Museum featured in “Before They Were States” podcast


Lead Historic Site Interpreter Nicole Worthley and Historic Site Interpreter Bob Vander Decker of the New Castle Court House Museum were recently interviewed for the podcast “Before They Were States.”

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Posted on July 31, 2020, episode 3, “The New Castle Court House Museum,” features the two museum employees discussing the National Historic Landmark, built in 1732, which was Delaware’s first court and state capitol. The interview also included information on Delaware’s early history, its role in the founding of the United States and its later ratification of Constitutional amendments including the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.

In addition, the two employees discussed reduced hours for visiting the museum during the coronavirus pandemic; annual events in the city including “William Penn Day,” “Spirit of Christmas in New Castle” and “Separation Day”; and Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua—“Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change” which will streamed virtually from the New Castle Green on Sept. 19 and 20, 2020. The Chautauqua will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Created by Jason Goff who is traveling the United States full-time in an RV with his family, “Before They Were States” explores the history of the American states before they joined the union. The first two episodes of the podcast—”The Dutch, Swedes and English Love Delaware” and “William Penn”—also explore topics with a Delaware connection.


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