The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs consists of seven teams of professionals dedicated to our goal of saving Delaware history. Each team's mission statement is detailed below.
Business Administration Team
The Business Administration function of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs provides a fiscal and administrative support network for customers and staff as we fulfill our mission of preserving and interpreting Delaware history.
The responsibilities of the Collections, Affiliates, Research and Exhibits (C.A.R.E) Team include care and control of the state's collections of museum objects, archaeological artifacts, works of art and archival materials; administration of the Affiliates Program which creates partnerships with history- and heritage-based organizations throughout Delaware to develop joint programs and exhibits; conducting and sponsoring a wide spectrum of archaeological and historical research and making significant portions of research materials available to the public, particularly through the use of electronic mediums; and the research and design of traditional gallery- and online-exhibits.
The C.A.R.E. Team is currently leading a comprehensive inventory of the state’s collections of archaeological and historical collections. As of July 1, 2016 the collection will be closed resulting in:
- No new outgoing and incoming loans and transfers
- Limited research activities involving the historical and archaeological collections
- Limited new donations to the state’s collections
- No new organizations added to the Affiliates Program
Once completed, the inventory process will provide new and innovative opportunities to showcase the state’s collections in online activities and future exhibitions. Following the inventory, the loan program to museums and historic sites will be reinstated and the collections re-opened for research.
The mission of the Horticultural Unit is to provide landscape support services to the Division sites, to provide stewardship of the historic nature of the individual properties, and to ensure that visitors have a safe and enriching horticultural experience.
Preservation Maintenance Team
The Preservation Maintenance Department is a team of highly experienced tradesmen with over 120 years of combined experience in various trades fields, whose mission is to maintain, repair, and preserve Delaware's historic buildings and collections in approximately 90 structures on 28 sites, as well as providing support to the Exhibits Department by working hand-in-hand to engineer, construct, and install various exhibit components for this and future generations to appreciate. Through reliability, professionalism, pride, and teamwork, "there's no job that can't be done."
Our mission is to locate, study, and record Delaware's historic buildings, structures, objects, districts, landscapes, and archaeological sites. We will assist and encourage Delawareans to value, preserve, and protect these resources that reflect our history and heritage.
Site Management Team
Inspired by Delaware's history, the site management team, serving as stewards of historic sites, creates a stage for the public to be successful in their endeavors. Site managers serve as liaisons between the public and the state government by engaging, interpreting, and communicating Delaware's importance through educational, social, and cultural activities.