Rockwood Museum and Park presents The Women of Rockwood as its featured exhibit, opening, March 1 through October. The wealthy women who lived in Rockwood left their mark through letters, clothing, and philanthropy. Come to a talk on Great Women in History on March 5 from 2-4 p.m. and get a free tour of The Women of Rockwood exhibit.
In order to solicit information for use in drafting Delaware's 2018-2022 statewise historic preservation plan, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be holding 5 public meetings across the state. All meetings are free and open to the public. Dates as follows: March 2, 6 p.m. Laurel Public Library, 302-875-3184; March 7, Appoquinimink Community Library, 302-378-5588; March 9, Lewes Public Library, 302-645 2733; March 22, Dover Public Library, 302-736-7030; March 25, Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington, 302-655-7161.
Saturday, March 4, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs again celebrates First Saturdays in the First State. Programs include the following:
11-3 p.m. at the John Dickinson Plantation, "A Woman's World: Journal Making."
1-2 p.m. The Old State House, Dover, The Influence of the Shadd Family, free but reservations required 302-744-5054.
3 p.m. "From Prima Donnas to Divas: A Victor Creation" at the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover.
Delaware Preservation 50 is starting off the new year with Conversations About Preservation, co-sponsored by the Hockessin Historical Society on Tuesday, March 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the Hockessin Public Library, 1023 Valley Road. The subject will be a talk and tour of Hockessin's preservation successes. Contact for more information, Kim Burdick.
“Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art” a symposium featuring keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English at Princeton University.This free program will be held March 17-18 in the Reading Room at the Morris Library on the University of Delaware campus. Free, but registration requested.
A Harriet Tubman Day celebration will be held at the Delaware Historical Society Saturday March 11 starting at 10 a.m. with a family program running from 11-3 p.m. about the Underground Railroad in Delaware. Also, from 11-12:30, the Wilmington Friends Meeting House will host a celebration at 401 N. West St.. R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 3 to email@example.com.
The New Castle Historical Society is holding their annual meeting on March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Arsenal, 30 Market Street in Old New Castle. Then on April 1, the Amstel and Dutch Houses will re-open for the season.
Claymont Stone School event: Claymont Remembers, Claymont Cooks on Saturday March 25 from 1-3 p.m. Come share your memories and enjoy a taste of the past. Recipes from Atonement Church and Claymont H.S. as well as local cooks. Bring in your special homemade food to share and take part in tastings. Free for Stone School members, $5 guests.
The Chester County Historical Society presents A Legacy of Plant Exploration, talk, wine and cheese reception and tour of exhibit Thursday, March 2, 6:30-9 p.m. In cooperation with Longwood Gardens, this program will be presented by artist Adrian Martinez, instructor David Culp, and Longwood Curator Peter Zale. The exhibit features the Visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800. $39 per person, registration here.
The Chadds Ford Historical Society presents 2 March Lectures, to be held in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center at 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m., "To the Last Extremity: Fort Mifflin's Valiant Stand" with Elizabeth Beatty, Executive Director of Fort Mifflin. Then, on March 29 at 7 p.m., Mike Harris, author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777, will discuss the Revolution's longest single day battle that engaged more troops than any other.
The Chester County Historic Preservation Network presents their Spring Workshop, "True Life Adventures in Historic Preservation," on Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Fee is $30 members and $40, non-members. For registration information, let me know and I can email you an application. Here is where you can learn about working effectively in your community to plan for historic resources--a real "how to" session!
Looking for classes on preservation? Over 55 years old? Look into these short classes at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania. Wednesday March 15, from 8:45 to 3 p.m., 3 classes include "Your House Has a History" on researching your home, "Architectural Style:Late 1600-WW II", and "Memory Keeping & Menory Sharing," all led by members of the Bethel Township Preservation Society. To register with College, click here. There are also other courses listed over a 3 day period. Indulge yourself! Also offered by the Bethel Township group, on March 25 9 a.m. to noon at the Media Courthouse, "Moving Forward to the 21st Century" featuring a session on low cost technology available to non-profits, specifically geared toward historical societies and their unique needs.
Historic Homes on the Market and those coming up:
The Chambers Mansion in North Wilmington
Chester County classic historic home coming soon .
Bonus feature: New Castle County townhouse coming soon.
Temporarily off market: Rolling Prairie, Bear Delaware historic home.
Presented by Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource.