Calling all history buffs and those who have an interest in keeping Hockessin memories alive for generations: The Hockessin Historical Society is looking for volunteers.
The group needs tour guides, researchers, social media professionals, website developers, general maintenance/facilities operation, and people who can share presentations about Hockessin and preserve its heritage.
“Current HHS officers and members are continuing with operations and emerging from under the cloud of the pandemic,” said board member Ken Murphy. It’s is focusing on rebuilding the organization and succession planning.
“We want people to be part of the HHS experience. We welcome participation from every level – from officers and members to anyone who just wants to be involved in a special project,” said Murphy. “Succession plan is the major goal – needed to fill the void created by the passing of Joseph Lake, the HHS President and founder.”Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 11)
The society’s projects include working with Delaware Greenways to create a trail for fitness purposes, as well as coordinate efforts with the Delaware Archives Agency to install and secure markers throughout Hockessin that signal historical impact.
Current historical sites and markers in the area include the Hockessin Friends Meeting House, the Hockessin Colored School No. 107, Tweed’s Tavern and the Daniel Nichols house, “the last rallying point during the American Revolution,” said Murphy.
“Once you have heard someone talk about and interpret what it was like in the 1800s, you have that feeling of going back in time,” said Murphy. “It’s just great to see that on people’s faces – what it’s like to go back in time.”
To volunteer for the HHS, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The society is also sponsoring a free re-enactment next month during which actors Willis Phelps and Syl Woodford will portray the roles that free blacks played in American history, from Colonial times through the Civil War.
It will be June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Hockessin Fire Hall.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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