The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring five special programs during the month of June 2022. A full schedule is included below. Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are required for some programs.

Photo of Separation Day parade
Scene in front of the New Castle Court House Museum as part of a previous Separation Day parade.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs programs, June 2022

Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, 2022
Separation Day. Celebration marking the 246th anniversary of Delaware’s separation from Great Britain and Pennsylvania and the formation of the Delaware State. Event includes activities at the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ New Castle Court House Museum. Downtown New Castle. Friday, 6–9:30 p.m. Saturday, Noon–10 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site: Touring the homestead. Join historical interpreters for this introductory program on the history of the Cooch’s Bridge homestead. Learn about some of the individuals who lived on the property, how they shaped the land around them and how the location’s landscape contributed to national history. Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site, 961 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark. Tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Limit 20 visitors per tour. NOTE: Both June 11 tours are fully booked. Reservations are now being accepted for July 9, 2022 tours by going here, by calling 302-922-7116 or mailto:coochsbridgehistoricsite@gmail.com. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022
“Rosedale Beach.” Virtual Juneteenth program from the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Zwaanendael Museum in which Tamara Burks discusses the Millsboro, Del. resort/hotel where Black, Indigenous, and other people of color found relaxation and entertainment from the 1900s to the 1970s. Program streamed live via Zoom. Registration required and only available by going here. 4 p.m. Free. 302-645-1148 or mailto:zmuseum@delaware.gov.

Sunday, June 19, 2022
Cooch’s Bridge Juneteenth Program. Join the Friends of Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site for an outdoor program of African-American history featuring speakers Patty Wilson Aden and Brandon Brice and music by Joseph Whitney. Guests should bring their own chairs. Cooch homestead, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site, 961 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark. 2 p.m. Free admission. mailtofriendsofcoochsbridge@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 25, 2022
“An Uphill Battle: The Unfulfilled Promise of the Civil War 1865-1896.” At the end of the Civil War, great change seemed promised with the first federal civil rights acts and amendments. Why instead did the nation descend into segregation? In recognition of Juneteenth, lead historic-site interpreter Gavin Malone explores the constitutional amendments, the first federal civil rights acts, Delaware’s political climate and reactions to federal legislation ending with the Plessy decision. Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 1 p.m. Free admission. 302-744-5054 or mailto:OSHmuseum@delaware.gov

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.