Secret Delaware

‘Secret Delaware’ uncovers First State’s fun facts, figures

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

A border marker buried under a manhole, a fiberglass presidential candidate and lots and lots of lima beans are some of the “weird, wonderful and obscure” elements that define Delaware in a new book. “Secret Delaware” is the second book written together by Rachel Kipp and Dan Shortridge, a married couple who have lived or worked in all three counties. …

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Hale Byrnes House to unveil painting of witness tree

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The Hale Brynes House this weekend will unveil a painting featuring an American sycamore tree under which George Washington once held a council of war with the Marquis de Lafayette. The Newark nonprofit commissioned the painting because the 300-plus-year-old witness tree — called that because it was alive during a historical moment — may soon die or be removed. …

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Hagley’s ‘Nation of Inventors’ hopes to inspire creativity

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  More than a year after Hagley Museum’s splashy new “Nation of Invent0rs” exhibit was expected to open, it swung the doors wide Saturday. The showcase, built around the museum’s huge collection of patent models, traces the history of American ingenuity since Colonial days, looking at the contributions of industry, entrepreneurs, immigrants and women. While the museum is hailing the …

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Reminiscences of the Life and Times of Dr. James Tilton

Charlie Megginson

Lecture by historic-site interpreter Steven Mumford exploring the life and long medical career of Delawarean Dr. James Tilton who served as United States surgeon general during the War of 1812. Episode one of the three-part series “The War of 1812: Over Two Centuries Later.” Free admission. 302-744-5054 or mailto:[email protected] Charlie MegginsonCharlie Megginson covers government and politics for Delaware LIVE News. …

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State seeks input on plan for Cooch’s Bridge site

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

The 1777 Battle of Cooch’s Bridge was the only one fought on Delaware soil and the first time that the Stars and Stripes were flown in battle. With such a storied history, you might be surprised to learn you could have a say in the site’s future. Well, you do. The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will hold three …

Chautauqua tent show

Chautauqua tent show expands to Historic New Castle

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Sharpshooter Annie Oakley is headed to Historic New Castle as part of Delaware’s annual Chautauqua tent show, which for the first time will offer a full slate of live performances upstate in addition to the traditional Lewes site. But don’t expect Annie to shoot up either place. “Oh, no,” says Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre in Philadelphia. …

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Winterthur offers $2 admission to SNAP members

Staff Writer Culture, Headlines

  Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library now offers $2 admission for up to four people  to those who receive the modern version of food stamps. The goal, through Museums for All and ACCESS Delaware, is to allow people who may not otherwise be able to afford admission a chance to visit regularly and enjoy the art, nature and history  Winterthur …

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Catalyst deposits trove of women’s records at Hagley

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Catalyst, a nonprofit focused on helping women work outside the home, on Tuesday celebrated adding its archives to Hagley Museum and Library’s collection of business records. The organization, which also is celebrating its 60th anniversary, started as a way to encourage educated women to go to work at a time when businesses were dominated by men. It evolved to encompass …

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Learn some Delaware history at these 5 events in August

Staff Writer Culture, Headlines

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor five events focused on Delaware history during the month of August 2022. A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, all programs are free and open to the public. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. National Night Out in Historic New Castle. Annual community-building, family-friendly event that …

Historical interpreters reading the Declaration of Independence at the OSH compressed

Dover 4th of July Celebration

Charlie Megginson

Daylong series of activities in downtown Dover featuring tours, entertainment, food, and a parade, culminating with fireworks in the evening. At 2 and 4 p.m., the bell of The Old State House will ring 13 times in honor of the original 13 states, followed immediately by historical interpreters, dressed in period clothing, reciting the Declaration of Independence outside near the …