Visit the new Delaware Digital History Museum. More Info
By: Katie Goerger, Historical Interpreter Indian River Life-Saving Station Delaware Seashore State Park The Indian River Life-Saving Station is one of Delmarva’s relatively unknown gems. Situated along the coastline of southern Delaware between the Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, many recognize it as the hub for programs and events at Delaware Seashore State Park. […]
By: Katie Goerger, Historical Interpreter
Indian River Life-Saving Station
Delaware Seashore State Park
The Indian River Life-Saving Station is one of Delmarva’s relatively unknown gems. Situated along the coastline of southern Delaware between the Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, many recognize it as the hub for programs and events at Delaware Seashore State Park. This oddly-colored building, however, preserves a unique history that has slowly been forgotten over the years.
In the mid to late 19th century, devastating shipwrecks along American coastlines were an all too common occurrence. Shoals hidden just beneath the water’s surface caused vessels to run aground, losing cargo to the waves and drowning mariners within sight of dry land. By 1871, in response to public outcry, the government finally intervened.
Over the next few years, the first United States Life-Saving stations were built and manned by full-time crews known as “surfmen”. The men who joined the service left their comfortable lives at home to join a life where they would train by day and patrol the beaches by night, performing daring rescues in overwhelming conditions. The service was a complete success, lasting for 44 years until President Woodrow Wilson merged it with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard in 1915.
Built in in 1876, the Indian River Life-Saving Station protected mariners along the coastlines from as far south as Bethany Beach and as far north as Cape Henlopen. In total, the crew of this station responded to over 60 wrecks and saved the lives of 419 people.
Today, the Indian River Life-Saving Station is located along Route 1 just north of the Indian River Bridge and operates as the main public center for Delaware Seashore State Park. The museum itself is setup to resemble its 1905 appearance and is open to both public and private tours year-round.
Responsibilities will include maintaining, repairing and preserving the nearly 90 structures administered by the division.
Public interest continues for British warship that sank off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798.
Participate in First State Heritage Park’s 18th Century Market Fair Flickr Photo Contest in Eight Easy Steps: STEP 1 Experience history and capture some memories at the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair on November 2, 2013! STEP 2 Join the Photo Contest group on Flickr. * Make sure you […]
Participate in First State Heritage Park’s
18th Century Market Fair Flickr Photo Contest
in Eight Easy Steps:
Experience history and capture some memories at the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair on November 2, 2013!
Join the Photo Contest group on Flickr.
* Make sure you scroll down and “Agree” to the contest rules to advance to the group page:
Upload your memories.
Tag your photos with FSHPMarketFair – photos are not eligible for the contest unless they are tagged properly!
In the photo description space, please include a title for the image and any description you may provide, including a few words to complete any of the prompts below.
“Visiting the FSHP 18th Century Market Fair, “I learned…,” “I enjoyed…,” or “I met…”
Add to the group.
Upload the photos to your Photostream.
* The upload confirmation window should look like this, indicating that your photos are (1) public, (2) tagged, and (3) grouped:
Watch, share, and vote between now and November 30th for your chance to win a 2014 Delaware State Parks Pass!
Another blog post will follow with instructions and tips for voting, but the more people that you can get to favorite your photo the better your chances at winning!
Happy Market Fairing! Share your experiences here!
Working at the state’s museums, these employees help bring Delaware history to life.
Craig Lukezic to discuss Fort Casimir, established by the Dutch in 1651 in what is now New Castle, Del.
Bottle fragments from Lewes, Del.’s Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck traced to the venerable wine estate.
EXHIBIT CLOSED on June 14, 2014.
EXHIBIT CLOSED on June 14, 2014
From Sept. 27, 2013 to June 14, 2014, the exhibit “Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980” was on display at the Delaware History Museum in Wilmington. The exhibit honored the faith experiences of Delaware’s Black community and its contributions to the development of religion in the United States including a commemoration of the bicentennial of the African Union Methodist tradition and the August Quarterly, the nation’s oldest African-American religious festival.
“Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980” was created through a partnership between the curatorial staff of the Delaware Historical Society, which researched and wrote the exhibit narrative and organized loans of exhibited objects; and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Collections, Affiliates, Research and Exhibits (CARE) Team which designed, fabricated and installed the exhibit.
The partnership with the Delaware Historical Society is one of several in which the division has participated in recent years. These partnerships have had great success in creating new opportunities for the agency to serve the public in communities where it has not previously had a presence. Partnerships help fulfill the division’s mission by shining a spotlight on Delaware history, enhancing leisure and educational opportunities for the state’s residents, stimulating tourist visitation leading to economic growth and job creation and expanding public awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting Delaware’s historical and cultural legacy.
Recent division partnerships have resulted in exhibits and displays at the Bethel, Laurel and Seaford historical societies; the Lewes and New Castle historical societies, the Rehoboth Art League and Dover’s Schwartz Center for the Arts, the Rehoboth Beach Museum and the Smyrna Rest Stop and Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza.Read More
EXHIBITS CLOSED on Sept. 22, 2013.
EXHIBITS CLOSED on Sept. 22, 2013
“Dealing in Symbols: Profundity and the Human Figure,” an exhibit of works by noted Wilmington sculptor Charles Parks; and “USS Delaware: An American Battleship,” an exhibit on the USS Delaware (1909-1924) told through objects, photographs and ceremonial silver, closed on Sept. 22, 2013. Planned and created by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the exhibits were on display at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Delaware Public Archives building, 121 Duke of York St. in Dover, Del.