Division-sponsored events in January 2024

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Buena Vista Conference Center

Point of contact: Dana Behling, Communications Manager | dana.behling@delaware.gov | 302-736-7407 

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs hosts a variety of events each month at our various museums and historic sites, located throughout the state. For more information about these and other upcoming events, see our full calendar. 

John Dickinson Plantation 

Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild Demonstrations – Saturday, Jan. 13 

Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild. Program occurs during tours to explore fiber arts including spinning, weaving, knitting, and other historic handcrafts. 

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Group meeting from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Mansion Dining Room 

Admission: FREE 

Contact: JDPmuseum@delaware.gov or call 302-739-3277 

Location: 340 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover, DE 

New Castle Court House Museum

Well Seasoned Heirlooms – Friday, Jan. 26

Historic-Site Interpreter Kimberly Fritsch shines a spotlight on the practices, recipes and women throughout Delaware history as they speak to us through their food.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: New Castle Court House Museum’s Facebook page

Trial of Thomas Garrett – Friday, Jan. 27

Participate in the 1848 trial of abolitionist Thomas Garrett in the very court room where it happened. Volunteers will get the chance to stand as witnesses or even been on the jury of the recreation of this Federal Trial. Scripts will be provided to those participating. Jim Whisman will be portraying Thomas Garrett.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Admission: FREE

Old State House Museum 

A More Complete Story: Resources for Delaware’s African American History – Saturday, Jan. 6 

A presentation by Vertie Lee, HCA’s Curator of Education discusses primary sources, legislation, and resources to broaden our historic narrative. 

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM 

Admission: FREE 

Friends of Folk Concert – Friday, Jan. 12 

Featuring Red Birds, an indie-folk trio from Elkton, MD. For information about their music, please visit their Bandcamp page. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk. 

Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

Admission: FREE 

Contact: OSHmuseum@delaware.gov or call 302-744-5054 

Location: 25 The Green, Dover, DE 

About our museums: The museums owned and operated by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs 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 groups who shape it. Our 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.  

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the public on Delaware history. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of six museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the State’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Delaware Department of State. 

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