An archive of Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs-, preservation- and Delaware history-related articles in the media:

African American History Month programs to start Feb. 1
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Jan. 26, 2022
Division to sponsor five programs during February 2022.

Following Harriet Tubman’s footsteps
Bethesda Magazine, Md. — Jan. 17, 2022
Author traveled the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway including a visit to the New Castle Court House Museum.

Articles about the Zwaanendael Museum’s “Recapturing Black Beaches: A Shared Story Project”
Oral history initiative designed to gather, memorialize and share stories about historically segregated Black and Indigenous beaches in Delaware.

Recapturing Black Beaches project seeks volunteers
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Jan. 12, 2022

Zwaanendael Museum seeking Delaware beach stories of people of color
Coastal Point, Ocean View, Del. — Jan. 11, 2022

Delaware Day Adventure continues through Dec. 12
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Dec. 6, 2021
Explore the division’s museums, learn and explore Delaware history, and submit photos to win a prize.

Enlighten Me: The John Dickinson Writings Project
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — Dec. 3, 2021
Effort seeks to pull together the writings and correspondence of the “Penman of the Revolution.”

Articles on the temporary closure of the New Castle Court House Museum
Historic landmark closed from Dec. 31, 2021 through the spring of 2022 for the installation of a fire-suppressant sprinkler system.

New Castle Court House Museum to be closed for several months during installation of fire sprinkler system
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — Dec. 18, 2021

New Castle Court House Museum to be closed through spring 2022
Townsquare Live, online — Dec. 15, 2021

Articles on future plans for Hockessin Colored School #107
Historic school educated Black children during the segregation era.

Delaware school in Brown v. Board of Education case to launch diversity and inclusion center
WHYY, Wilmington, Del. — Dec. 16, 2021

Hockessin Colored School #107 moves closer to starting its next chapter
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — Dec. 14, 2021

Delaware’s Native American tribes acquire ancestral lands
Purchases aid Lenapé and Nanticoke tribes.

Nanticoke Indians gifted 30 acres of ancestral lands
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Dec. 10, 2021

Joining forces to restore ancestral lands to Nanticoke and Lenape tribes
WHYY, Wilmington, Del. — Dec. 6, 2021

Zwaanendael House: Lewes icon honors 300 years of failed Dutch settlement
Daily Times, Salisbury, Md. — Nov. 27, 2021
Article on the Zwaanendael Museum and the founding of the first European settlement in Delaware.

Historians seek to preserve legacy of those discovered at Dickinson Plantation African burial ground
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Nov. 19, 2021
Site likely the final resting place of several hundred enslaved and free African Americans.

New Castle Court House Museum
The 302, MeTV2, Wilmington, Del. — Nov. 16, 2021
Television segment on the National Historic Landmark, built in 1732, that served as Delaware’s first court and state capitol.

Interviews gather the history of DuPont Schools
Bay to Bay News, Dover, Del. — Nov. 14, 2021
Schools educated Black children during the segregation era.

Lewes BOA upholds city’s position on net reel
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Nov. 5, 2021
Town’s historic preservation commission ruled that the menhaden fishing artifact must be removed from its current site.

Breathing new life into the site of Delaware’s only Revolutionary War battlefield
WHYY, Philadelphia, Pa. — Nov. 4, 2021
Community group has big plans for the Cooch’s Bridge property.

More than just a battlefield: The future of Cooch’s Bridge
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Oct. 29, 2021
Historic site south of Newark was the location of the only Revolutionary War land battle in Delaware.

A New Discovery!
Teleduction, Wilmington, Del. — Oct. 23, 2021
Video interview with Gloria Henry, site supervisor of the John Dickinson Plantation, about the recent discovery of an African burial ground at the site.

Mysteries of History tombstone tour reservations due Oct. 29
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Oct. 11, 2021
Walking tours explore the unusual tombstones of St. Peter’s cemetery in Lewes.

“My Dear Douglass” documentary to air in November
MilfordLIVE, Del. — Oct. 8, 2021
Johnson Victrola Museum to air film on Leon Forrest Douglass, a pioneer in the recorded-music and motion picture industries.

Articles on guided visitation to the African burial ground at the John Dickinson Plantation
Programs explore the experiences of the enslaved and free Black people who lived, labored and died on the site.

Guided Visitation Opens Sacred Ground to the Public
WBOC-TV, Salisbury, Md. — Oct. 5, 2021

‘Sacred ground’: Dickinson enslaved burial site uncovers the past
Delaware State News, Dover — Oct. 4, 2021

Tours at Dickinson plantation now take visitors to slave burial sites
Townsquare Live, online — Sept. 29, 2021
Programs explore the experiences of the enslaved and free African Americans who lived, labored and died on the John Dickinson Plantation.

Big future for Cooch’s Bridge
Newark Life, Del. — Sept. 28, 2021
New state-run museum planned for the site of the only Revolutionary War land battle fought in Delaware.

13 Facts About the 13 Colonies
The History Channel, New York, N.Y. — Sept. 23, 2021
Article features info on Delaware’s founding history.

Historic Hockessin Colored School #107 being preserved, transformed into diversity center
WPVI TV 6, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sept. 16, 2021
School educated students of color during the segregation era.

Commentary: State’s link to fishing industry is significant
Delaware State News, Dover — Sept. 10, 2021
Editorial by Dr. Ed Hale who conducted a program on the subject at Delaware’s Chautauqua on Sept. 9, 2021.

Rally organizers say: ‘Keep the net reel here’
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Sept. 10, 2021
Lewes historic preservation commission ruled that the menhaden fishing artifact must be removed from its current site.

What to Do in Old New Castle: A Day Trip Guide to the Delaware Town
Delaware Today, Wilmington — Sept. 10, 2021
Article includes information on the New Castle Court House Museum, among others.

Milford Museum plans walking history tours
Milford LIVE, Del. — Sept. 8, 2021
Tours on Sept. 25 and Oct. 1, 2021 explore the history of the city’s downtown area.

Articles on the transfer of 21 The Green in Dover to the Biggs Museum
Museum will expand its public and educational offerings; Division to relocate to Richardson Hall at 29 N. State St.

State donates Dover building to Biggs art museum
Delaware Business Now, Newark — Sept. 27, 2021

Biggs Museum gets building from State of Delaware
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Sept. 25, 2021

Biggs Museum given historic building on Dover Green
Delaware LIVE, online — Sept. 22, 2021

Top 7 U.S. Coastal Destinations To Avoid The Crowds
Travel Off Path, online — Aug. 16, 2021
Article notes Lewes’ Zwaanendael Museum.

Enlighten Me: Newark Union Cemetery
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Aug. 6, 2021
Founded in the late 17th century, the cemetery and its associated church were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Progress made on Newark Union Church restoration
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Aug. 6, 2021
Built in 1845, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Keeping the Faith
Delaware Today, Wilmington, Del. — Aug. 2, 2021
Baptist congregation embraces its church building’s deep roots as the former heart of Wilmington’s Ukrainian community.

Articles on the U.S. Postal Service stamp featuring the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse
96-year old beacon lies in the Atlantic Ocean off Lewes, Del.

Harbor of Refuge marker lives forever on a stamp
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Aug. 20, 2021

Carper, USPS unveil Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Forever Stamp
Coastal Point, Ocean View, Del. — Aug. 16, 2021

Some ‘light’ news — Lewes landmark featured in national USPS campaign
WDEL Radio, Wilmington, Del. — Aug. 16, 2021

USPS Issues Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses Stamps
AllOnGeorgia, online — Aug. 9, 2021

 

There’s something for everyone at Delaware’s beautiful beaches
USA Today–10Best, McLean, Va. — July 29, 2021
Article includes info on the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes.

Prince George’s Chapel reopens
WMDT TV 47, Salisbury, Md. — July 25, 2021
18th century Dagsboro site reopens after 16-month closure.

Take a Trip Through Delaware’s History at These Seven Iconic Sites
Delaware Today, Wilmington — July 22, 2021
Article includes info on the Delaware Breakwater-East End Lighthouse, John Dickinson Plantation and The Old State House.

Picking up the preservation baton at Newark Union Church and Cemetery
Delaware Public Media, Dover — July 9, 2021
Built in 1845, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Hale-Byrnes House
The 302, MeTV2, Wilmington, Del. — June 29, 2021
Television segment on the Stanton, Del. house where Gen. George Washington held a council of war on Sept. 6, 1777.

Historic tombstones stolen from Greenwood cemetery
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — June 16, 2021
Thefts discovered on June 15, 2021.

Renovated East End Lighthouse off Lewes again welcoming tours
Town Square Delaware, online — June 7, 2021
Tours led by Cape Water Tours.

Backtrack: Six Delaware locations that are tied to Underground Railroad
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — May 26, 2021
Article includes information on The Old State House in Dover.

Abbott’s Mill plans 40th anniversary celebration
Milford LIVE, Del. — May 13, 2021
Historic site to thank the community on May 22, 2021 for 40 years of support.

Archeologist honored for his work researching Cooch’s Bridge Battlefield
Newark Post, Del. — May 13, 2021
Wade Catts receives History Award Medal from the Cooch’s Bridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

John Dickinson Plantation
The 302, MeTV2, Wilmington, Del. — May 13, 2021
Television segment on the Dover, Del. home of one of the founding fathers of the United States and “Penman of the Revolution.”

Johnson Victrola Museum
The 302, MeTV2, Wilmington, Del. — May 13, 2021
Television segment on the Dover, Del. museum that chronicles the development of the sound recording industry and the achievements of E.R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company.

New Castle County moves to protect historic properties it buys
Delaware Public Media, Dover — May 12, 2021
Measure requires county to rezone, with a historic overlay, any eligible properties it purchases.

Historical video explores free and enslaved Black life in Delaware
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. —May 8, 2021
Video explores anti-slavery activity in Delaware in the late-18th century and the subsequent passage of repressive legislation targeting free Blacks in the 19th century.

Zwaanendael Museum history programs to start May 6
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — April 24, 2021
Five programs to be featured including the “History Unearthed” archaeology series.

Upgrades finished at George Read House
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — April 23, 2021
Mechanical work completed at National Historic Landmark in New Castle.

Wilmington’s historic Brown House gets a reprieve
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — April 23, 2021
National-Register-listed property was built circa 1820.

Slave burial ground discovery at Dickinson Plantation comes with ‘heavy responsibility’
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — April 1, 2021
Site likely to hold the remains of enslaved African Americans.

Delaware route designated National Scenic Byway
Historic New Castle and John Dickinson Plantation are stops along the way.

Bayshore Byway gains national designation
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. —April 29, 2021

Delaware Bayshore Byway designated as National Scenic Byway
Coastal Point, Ocean View, Del. — April 27, 2021

Del. Bayshore Byway Gets Federal Designation
WGMD Radio, Rehoboth Beach, Del. — April 23, 2021 

Tough, touching stories of human rights at Dickinson Plantation
Delaware Live, online — March 11, 2021
Museum programs include an exploration of the lives of enslaved people, indentured servants and free Blacks.

13 Best Things To Do In Charming New Castle, Delaware
Travel Awaits, online — March 1, 2021
Article includes a spotlight on the New Castle Court House Museum.

Articles on burial ground identified at John Dickinson Plantation
Site likely to hold the remains of enslaved African Americans.

Burial ground identified at John Dickinson Plantation in Dover
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — March 28, 2021

Graves of Enslaved People Discovered on Founding Father’s Delaware Plantation
Smithsonian Magazine, Washington, D.C. — March 26, 2021

Burial Ground Discovered on John Dickinson Plantation
WBOC TV, Salisbury, Md. — March 25, 2021

How historic burial ground at Dickinson plantation was found; what’s next
Delaware Live, online — March 25, 2021

Human remains found on John Dickinson Plantation, believed to be from formerly enslaved people
WMDT-TV 47, Salisbury, Md. — March 24, 2021

‘This is sacred ground’: Archaeologists find likely burial ground for enslaved people at Dover plantation
WHYY-TV 12, Philadelphia, Pa. — March 24, 2021

Unearthing history: Graveyard found at Dickinson Plantation
Bay to Bay News, Dover, Del. — March 24, 2021

Articles on potential demolition of Wilmington’s Brown House
National-Register-listed property was built circa 1820.

Battlelines drawn in fight over preserving Wilmington’s historic Brown House
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — March 26, 2021

The history of Wilmington’s Brown House
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — March 26, 2021

The 2021 Ultimate Guide to Museums Throughout Delaware
Delaware Today, Wilmington — Feb. 22, 2021
Feature includes all five of the division’s museums.

COVID-19 pandemic shuts down Dover Days again in 2021
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Feb. 18, 2021
Celebration of Delaware history first held in 1933.

Historians voice concerns about warehouses planned for near Cooch’s Bridge site
Newark Post, Del. — Feb. 17, 2021
Native American and Revolutionary War archaeological sites threatened.

A piece of Browntown history in danger of being torn down
WDEL Radio, Wilmington, Del. — Feb. 16, 2021
National-Register-listed Dr. John Brown Mansion threatened.

New book takes readers on a fascinating journey through America’s formative years
Chester County Press, West Grove, Pa. — Feb. 15, 2021
Article notes Founding Fathers from Delaware — Gunning Bedford Jr., John Dickinson, Thomas McKean and Caesar Rodney.

New Exhibit at Milford Museum Reflects Technological Changes
Delaware State News, Dover — Feb. 13, 2021
“Then and Now” exhibit features objects owned by Milford residents through the city’s history to show how consumer goods, most of which are from the 20th century, have changed over time.

Work begins to reshape historic John Dickinson Plantation
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Feb. 12, 2021
Master plan to include trails, area of reflection and new visitor center.

Zwaanendael Museum Collecting Recyclable Plastic, Turning Bottles and Bags into a Bench
WRDE TV, Lewes, Del. — Jan. 13, 2021
Museum’s plastic recycling campaign will help create a recycled plastic bench for the museum.

Sarah McBride’s Neighborhood
The Cut, New York, N.Y. — Jan. 4, 2021
Article on the highest-¬ranking openly transgender elected official in the nation with photos shot in Dover’s Old State House

Articles on preservation efforts at Weldin House
Original section of division-owned property in north Wilmington was built in 1790.

Long-running efforts to forge a future for the Weldin House bear fruit
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Jan. 29, 2021

What does the future hold for the Weldin House?
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Jan. 29, 2021