Division’s museums now open for self-guided tours by appointment More Info
Mysteries of history, Abraham Lincoln’s election as president and London in wartime will be explored in virtual programs sponsored by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs during the month of November 2020. All programs are free but, in keeping with Gov. Carney’s Phase II reopening guidance regarding the coronavirus pandemic, they will not be conducted in front of a live audience but will instead be streamed live.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
“Mysteries of History.” Virtual walking tour of Lewes landmarks by Lewes Historical Society Assistant Museum Coordinator Abigail Davis. 3:30 p.m. Streamed live via Zoom. Registration required by going to the following link. 302-645-1148.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
“We Didn’t Vote for Him: Delaware and the Election of 1860.” Virtual lecture from Dover’s Old State House by lead historic-site interpreter Gavin Malone. Program explores the election that took the country into a civil war and why Delaware didn’t vote for Abraham Lincoln. 1 p.m. Streamed live via Zoom. Registration required by going to the following link. 302-744-5054.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
“London in Wartime: Ration Books, Bomb Shelters and the Blitz.” Virtual presentation from the New Castle Court House Museum featuring New Castle resident Jean Norvell’s personal memories of growing up in the British capital during World War II. 2:30 p.m. Streamed live via Zoom (registration required by going to the following link), or on the museum’s Facebook page. 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 and special programs, 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 long-term calendar of division-sponsored events.