Things to do in January:
Originally built as the Lewes branch of the Sussex Trust, Title & Safe Deposit Company, the Zwaanendael Club Museum Store is located at 302 Savannah Road at the corner of Savannah Road and Third Street. It is now the Lewes Historical Society’s Museum Store ( winter hours, click here)
Located on the corner of Second and Mulberry Streets, the Ryves Holt House is the oldest house still standing on its original foundation in the State of Delaware. It was recently added to the First State National Historical Park.
The Kalmar Nyckel: New Discoveries. On Saturday, January 7, at 10:30 a.m. Delaware Public Archives focusing on how the Kalmar Nyckel operated, with special emphasis on the navigation of the vessel, and the firing of the ship’s guns. The Kalmar Nyckel arrived in America in 1638 from Sweden and the settlers aboard founded the colony of New Sweden on the Delaware. This was the first permanent European settlement established in the State of Delaware and in the area that would become the City of Wilmington. New documentary evidence has recently been uncovered about the fate of the Kalmar Nyckel which will be presented at the program. The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Kevin Barni (302) 744-5015 or e-mail Kevin.Barni@state.de.us
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 -
“Prohibition in Delaware: No Toast for the Boys off to Fight in World War I.” In 1917, Delaware declared all three counties to be dry with only one city in the entire state which held out and manufactured and sold alcohol. Interpretive tours will examine the era of prohibition in Delaware during the First World War. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
“The Victors of World War I: The Power of Music.” In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the First World War, guided tours will examine music’s influence during the conflict when patriotic songs were being composed throughout America. Hear 78-rpm recordings of this inspirational music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines, and explore how the Victor Talking Machine Company’s Camden, N.J. factory led the fight to make the world safe for democracy. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover.
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
Concert by Charlie Zahm. Celtic/folk music. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 7:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
“Preserving the Culinary Traditions of Southern Delaware.” Lecture by Denise Clemons who writes “Cape Flavors,” a weekly food column for the Cape Gazette and who is the author of “A Culinary History of Southern Delaware.” Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Program at 2 p.m. on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than Jan. 13, 2017.
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The following museums of the State of Delaware will be open: The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House, open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The following museums will be closed: The John Dickinson Plantation, the New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum). 302-744-5054.
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
“Courage and Freedom.” In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, guided tours will focus on three compelling stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at The Old State House. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
“The Struggle.” In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, guided tours focus on African-American vocalists and Civil Rights activists Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings of those artists played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.
Delaware Historical Society is featuring Almost As Fast as Birds Can Fly: The History of Railroads in Delaware through April 8, 2017. Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The exhibition chronicles how the railroad influenced the growth of transportation, the movement of goods, and the development of towns and cities in Delaware into the modern era. Stories of the many historic local rail car building companies such as Jackson & Sharp, Harlan & Hollingsworth, the Lobdell Car Wheel Company, and the New Castle Manufacturing Company are also featured. Also on exhibit is Looking Back, Moving Foward 150 Years at the Delaware Historical Society.
Rebecca Lukens Birthday Celebration will take place at the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum, Coatesville PA, on January 5, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Cost: $5 Admission, Members Free
Saving Neglected Buildings will be the subject of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network Mid-Winter Workshop at the Soledad Mansion, 901 Old Valley Hill Rd., Exton PA 19335 from 8 AM to 12 PM Saturday, January 21, 2017. Fee is $15 Network members and $20 guests. Let Carolyn Roland know if you are interested or want more details sent to you.
The Oliver Evans Chapter/Society for Industrial Archeology invites you to join them at their annual dinner featuring In the Cradle of Industry and Liberty, a History of Manufacturing in Philadelphia an illustrated lecture by Jack McCarthy, author, historian and archivist on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 5:30-8:30. Penns Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia 19147. Cost: $45.00 per person by January 10th, payable to OE/SIA. Menu: salad, choice of entree with roasted potatoes, broccoli, cheesecake, coffee, tea. Entrees: roasted garlic & herb chicken, roast beef, homemade crab cake, and vegetarian. Send check at $45/person with your name and the names in your party, your email address, each person’s entree selection to Larry DeYoung, Treasurer, 54 N. Waterloo Rd., Devon, PA 19333 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to Chadds Ford for Breakfast at Hank's Sunday, January 15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.! This annual event raises funds for Chadds Ford Historical Society. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal while helping preserve local history! A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit the Chadds Ford Historical Society. A huge thank you to our neighbor, Hank's Place, for their generosity! Hank's Place, 1625 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Historic Homes for sale: “Rolling Prairie,” a late 18th C home with 5 fireplaces, 5 garages, and a guest house is set on over 3 acres in Bear, Delaware, part of a private compound on a small lake.
The Chambers Mansion is a glorious Queen Anne home on a large lot north of Wilmington. It has 2 parlors, pocket doors, Mercer tile fireplace surrounds, 2 staircases and a 3rd floor Tudor great room.
Looking to buy or sell an older or historic home in Delaware or Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource.