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Division to sponsor four virtual-programs during December 2020


Wreath making; Elizabeth Battell, proprietrix of the Golden Fleece Tavern; season’s eatings; and Delaware’s canning history will be explored in virtual programs streamed live on the Web by Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs museums during the month of December 2020. All programs are free and open to the public.

Photo of Townsend's canned peaches
Label for Townsend’s canned peaches. The virtual program “Preserving More Than Peaches: Capturing Canning History Through Cooking” will be presented on Dec. 19, 2020.

Live virtual-programs in December 2020

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
“Season’s Greetings: Wreath Making in New Castle.”
Virtual presentation from the New Castle Court House Museum featuring members of the Arasapha Garden Club making some of their famous wreaths and garland that are displayed annually in Old New Castle during the holiday season. Participants will also learn about the club’s history and engage in a question-and-answer session with club members. Program streamed live via Zoom (registration required by going to the following link), and on the museum’s Facebook page. 1 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Photo of a wreath made by the Arasapha Garden Club
Wreath made by the Arasapha Garden Club.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
“A Conversation with Elizabeth Battell.”
Virtual living-history program from Dover’s Old State House in which historic-site interpreter Susan Emory portrays Mrs. Elizabeth Battell, proprietrix of the Golden Fleece Tavern where Delaware representatives ratified the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 7, 1787. Program streamed live via Zoom. 3 p.m. Registration required by going to the following link. 302-744-5054.

Photo of a sign marking the former location of the Golden Fleece Tavern at 331 S. State St. in Dover
Sign marking the former location of the Golden Fleece Tavern at 331 S. State St. in Dover.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
“Seasons Eatings: A Taste of Holiday Dinners in the 1920s.”
Virtual program from Dover’s Johnson Victrola Museum examines the savory, sweet and odd holiday dishes of the past. Accompanied by 78-rpm recordings of holiday-related music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines, museum staff will also taste-test foods from real 1920s cookbooks. Program streamed live via Zoom. 6 p.m. Registration required by going to the following link. 302-739-3262.

Illustration of a holiday-season scene featuring a Victrola
Holiday-season scene featuring a Victrola at left.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020
“Preserving More Than Peaches: Capturing Canning History Through Cooking.”
Learn about Delaware’s canning history in this virtual cooking lesson complete with old recipes. Program streamed live via Zoom from the Zwaanendael Museum (registration required by going to the following link), and on the museum’s Facebook page. 3:30 p.m. Free. 302-645-1148.

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.

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