Saving Delaware History, the newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, is a digest of history- and preservation-related articles, calendar of events and related press coverage.

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Distilled from content published in the division’s blog, social media, webpage and press releases, the newsletter is designed to stimulate public interest in the division’s museums, programs and services, and to increase awareness of the value that history and historic preservation bring to the lives of Delaware’s citizens and visitors. The newsletter is distributed during the last week of each month, via e-mail, to division staff members, Delaware’s historical- and preservation-related communities and friends. Note: Prior to the June 1, 2021 issue, the newsletter was entitled Historical and Cultural Affairs.

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Please submit relevant articles, news items and suggestions to Madeline Goss, newsletter editor, at madeline.goss@delaware.gov.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs newsletter archive

April 25, 2022 * Volume 15, Issue 4
Lead article: Explore Delaware’s Green roots in redware pottery

March 28, 2022 * Volume 15, Issue 3
Lead article: The Christina River Watershed Cleanup: Celebrating 30 Years

Feb. 28, 2022 * Volume 15, Issue 2
Lead article: Making historic garment hangers: A Girl Scout Silver Award project

Jan. 31, 2022 * Volume 15, Issue 1
Lead article: ‘Segregated Sands’: The history of Delaware beaches

Dec. 27, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 12
Lead article: Searching for lost voices of the past

Nov. 29, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 11
Lead article: Beach-going in Delaware: Black perspectives under segregation

Oct. 25, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 10
Lead article: ‘Museum Minutes’: Sharing Delaware history digitally

Sept. 27, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 9
Lead article: Welcome to the Saving Delaware History Podcast!

Aug. 30, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 8
Lead article: Delaware’s 23rd annual Chautauqua, Sept. 9–12, 2021

July 26, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 7
Lead article: Never to be forgotten or lost again

June 28, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 6
Lead article: Diversity in Delaware History Webinar Series

June 1, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 5
Lead article: History was made here: The Dover Green

April 26, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 4
Lead article: Division’s redesigned e-newsletter coming in June

March 26, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 3
Lead article: Burial ground identified at John Dickinson Plantation

Feb. 26, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 2
Lead article: John Dickinson Plantation named a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Feb. 1, 2021 * Volume 14, Issue 1
Lead article: John Dickinson Plantation to add area of reflection for visitors

Dec. 29, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 12
Lead article: Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse repainted

Dec. 1, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 11
Lead article: ‘Delaware Day 2020 — Expanding the Delaware Story’

Oct. 29, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 10
Lead article: Museums of the State of Delaware to shift to winter schedules

Sept. 29, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 9
Lead article: Video explores genetic background of eight white and three Black people who lived at Avery’s Rest, a 17th century Delaware homestead

Aug. 31, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 8
Lead article: Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua: ‘Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change’ on Sept. 10, 11, 19 and 20, 2020

July 28, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 7
Lead article: Division museums add Thursday operating hours

July 2, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 6
Lead article: We support the elimination of racial injustice, racism, discrimination, and exclusionary history. We believe that Black lives matter

June 2, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 5
Lead article: Delaware’s State museums reopening with self-guided tours

April 30, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 4
Lead article: Delaware Digital History Museum provides opportunities to experience Delaware history … from home

April 6, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 3
Lead article: Division museums closed; public encouraged to engage with Delaware history via social media

Feb. 25, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 2
Lead article: Women’s history celebrated at division museums during March 2020

Jan. 29, 2020 * Volume 13, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases 2019 annual report

Dec. 31, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 12
Lead article: Students honored for 2019 Delaware Day competition

Nov. 26, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 11
Lead article: History was made here: Hale-Byrnes House

Oct. 24, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 10
Lead article: Parker’s Dairy Palace listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Sept. 30, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 9
Lead article: ‘William Penn Day’ at the New Castle Court House Museum on Oct. 26, 2019

Aug. 26, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 8
Lead article: ‘The 1960s in Delaware’—Chautauqua tent show in Lewes from Sept. 19 to 21, 2019

July 29, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 7
Lead article: State Historic Preservation Office announces Delaware’s newest listings in the National Register of Historic Places

June 25, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 6
Lead article: History was made here: Prince George’s Chapel

May 28, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 5
Lead article: Historic preservation symposium to take place on June 26, 2019

April 29, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 4
Lead article: Division to sponsor five special events during May 2019

March 26, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 3
Lead article: ‘The Rising Sun: The U.S. Constitution’: The Old State House’s CoffeeHour Lecture Series to take place in April 2019

Feb. 25, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 2
Lead article: Site of purported African-American cemetery discovered near Frankford

Jan. 30, 2019 * Volume 12, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases 2018 annual report

Dec. 21, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 12
Lead article: State of Delaware to acquire historic property at Cooch’s Bridge, the site of the state’s only Revolutionary War battle

Nov. 26, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 11
Lead article: Jason Bakke receives a 2018 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award

Oct. 29, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 10
Lead article: Recent capital improvement projects at the Buena Vista conference center

Sept. 24, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 9
Lead article: ’18th Century Trades Day’ at the John Dickinson Plantation on Oct. 13, 2018

Aug. 24, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 8
Lead article: Delaware releases historic preservation plan for 2018–2022

July 31, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 7
Lead article: One-teacher Millsboro schoolhouse listed in the National Register of Historic Places

June 25, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 6
Lead article: ‘Delaware Railroads: Elegant Travel and Timely Transport’ exhibit to open at the Zwaanendael Museum on July 7, 2018

May 25, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 5
Lead article: ‘Change of Command’ among 11 division-sponsored events in June 2018

May 2, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 4
Lead article: Rehabilitation of keeper’s house set to begin at Fenwick Island Lighthouse

April 2, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 3
Lead article: Delaware State Historic Preservation Office recent accomplishments

Feb. 27, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 2
Lead article: National Women’s History Month events among 16 special programs at division museums during March 2018

Jan. 30, 2018 * Volume 11, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases 2017 annual report

Dec. 22, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 12
Lead article: Division receives $190,000 grant for its partner sites in the First State National Historical Park

Nov. 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 11
Lead article: Commemorating the 250th anniversary of John Dickinson’s revolutionary ‘Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania’

Oct. 30, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 10
Lead article: Gov. Carney celebrates national accreditation of Delaware’s state museum system

Sept. 26, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 9
Lead article: Division to sponsor 16 special events during October 2017

Aug. 28, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 8
Lead article: ‘New Castle: Three Forts, One Community’ exhibit to open at the New Castle Court House Museum on Sept. 9, 2017

July 28, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 7
Lead article: Division’s museums and collections awarded national accreditation

June 29, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 6
Lead article: State fiscal year 2017 review: Delaware properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places

June 1, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 5
Lead article: ‘Service, Suffrage, and Swing: World War I Era in Delaware’

April 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 4
Lead article: ‘Five Stories’ explores the lives of people who lived and worked at the John Dickinson Plantation

March 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 3
Lead article: Delaware State Historic Preservation Office recent accomplishments

Feb. 28, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 2
Lead article: ‘Rose Color to Gold to Glowing Red: Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914’

Jan. 31, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases 2016 annual report

Dec. 27, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 12
Lead article: Fifteenth annual Delaware Day competition winners announced

Nov. 28, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 11
Lead article: Division to sponsor 14 special programs during the 2016 winter-holiday season

Nov. 1, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 10
Lead article: Carolyn Apple receives a Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award

Sept. 26, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 9
Lead article: History Was Made Here: The New Castle Green

Aug. 29, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 8
Lead article: Native-American heritage to be spotlighted at division museums during September 2016

July 29, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 7
Lead article: Division produces rack cards advertising the state’s museums and DeBraak tours

June 30, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 6
Lead article: Division’s spoken-word program finds new ways to connect young people with history

June 3, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 5
Lead article: Fort Christina National Historic Landmark re-opens for the summer of 2016

April 25, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 4
Lead article: Capital improvements completed at state-owned historic properties in New Castle

March 28, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 3
Lead article: Delaware State Historic Preservation Office recent accomplishments

Feb. 29, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 2
Lead article: National Women’s History Month events among 21 special programs sponsored by the division during March 2016

Feb. 3, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases 2015 annual report

Dec. 30, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 12
Lead article: Division to present 12 special events during January 2016

Nov. 30, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 11
Lead article: Gov. Markell pardons Underground Railroad conductor Samuel D. Burris

Oct. 27, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 10
Lead article: Johnson Victrola Museum volunteers are recipients of Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards

Sept. 28, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 9
Lead article: Progress report on improvements to state-owned historic properties in New Castle

Aug. 31, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 8
Lead article: Division project utilizes people on the autism spectrum to get the job done right

July 27, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 7
Lead article: DSU freshmen present fresh perspectives on Delaware history

June 29, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 6
Lead article: Take a seaside vacation—and see where Delaware’s modern history began

May 27, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 5
Lead article: “Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past” 17th annual Chautauqua tent show in Lewes, June 21 to 25, 2015

April 29, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 4
Lead article: Join the division’s Volunteer Program—you’ll be glad you did!

March 31, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 3
Lead article: Division to begin improvements to state-owned historic properties in New Castle

Feb. 27, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 2
Lead article: Division unveils updated geographic information system for Delaware’s historic properties

Feb. 2, 2015 * Volume 8, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases 2014 annual report

Dec. 29, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 12
Lead article: First State National Historical Park to be created

Nov. 26, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 11
Lead article: Winter-holiday-themed events among the 15 special programs at division sites in December 2014

Oct. 29, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 10
Lead article: Division honored with prestigious History in Progress Award

Sept. 29, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 9
Lead article: Oliver Berliner, grandson of the inventor of the phonograph, to speak at the Johnson Victrola Museum

Aug. 28, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 8
Lead article: Division’s autumn 2014 programming provides a wide variety of ways to learn about Delaware history

July 29, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 7
Lead article: Historic sites enhance Delaware beach vacations

July 1, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 6
Lead article: “Middletown Goes to War” exhibit at the Middletown Historical Society

May 23, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 5
Lead article: “With Malice Toward None…Delaware Life During the Civil War”: 16th annual Chautauqua tent show in Lewes, June 15 to 19, 2014

April 29, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 4
Lead article: Dover Days Festival: A collaborative affair

March 31, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 3
Lead article: Delaware State Historic Preservation Office recent accomplishments

Feb. 24, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 2
Lead article: Division releases 2013 annual report

Jan. 27, 2014 * Volume 7, Issue 1
Lead article: Division releases strategic plan for fiscal years 2015 to 2019

Dec. 30, 2013 * Volume 6, Issue 10
Lead article: $1 million in grants to be available for Delaware historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Nov. 25, 2013 * Volume 6, Issue 9
Lead article: Museums of the state of Delaware to offer 10 special programs in December 2013

Oct. 29, 2013 * Volume 6, Issue 8
Lead article: Candle dipping, classical music and Dutch American Heritage Day to be featured at division museums in November 2013

Sept. 30, 2013 * Volume 6, Issue 7
Lead article: “An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware”: New Exhibit at Dover, Del.’s First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries

Aug. 26, 2013 * Volume 6, Issue 6
Lead article: Programs on Native-American Heritage Among 17 Events at Division Museums in September 2013

July 29, 2013 * Volume 6, Issue 5
Lead article: Exhibits to Feature Nearly 60 Works of Art From the State’s Collections

Note: Editions of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ newsletter published between its March 31, 2008 inaugural issue and its June 24, 2013 issue were produced with a content management system no longer in use by the division.

Editions of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ newsletter published between its March 31, 2008 inaugural issue and its June 24, 2013 issue were produced with a content management system no longer in use by the division.