First Saturday in the First State programs on Saturday, February 3 will include:
"An Eagle on his Button and a Musket on his Shoulder: African-American Soldiers in the Civil War" 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover. Discover USCT heroes from Delaware who fought to win freedom and equality. As a border state, Delaware held a complicated position regarding slavery. Tours led by historical interpreters in period dress begin at the John Bell House on The Green every hour and last approximately 45 minutes.
Offered at the same times are guided tours at Legislative Hall exploring the life of Herman Holloway, one of Delaware’s most prominent African-American politicians, who served as both a State Representative and State Senator during the 1960s.
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. take a guided tour of the Old State House on the Green with the objective of learning about events associated with the Underground Railroad that gave the historic capitol credentials to be a part of the National Park Service "Network to Freedom" and share the story of Samuel D. Burris.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy a guided tour of Woodburn, The Governor's House 151 King's Highway Dover, DE
10:30 a.m. join Brigadier General Ernest George Talbert to hear the story of the Tuskegee Airmen at the Archives Building, 121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd North.
From 1-2 p.m. at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S New St, come to a program looking at spiritual artists like Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson covering the earliest years of the record industry to the present day.
At 1:30 and 3 p.m. come to the Kent County Courthouse at 38 The Green to learn about the Ebony Doughboys: African-American Soldiers who fought in WWI with the French Foreign Legion. Guided tours available between programs.
On Sunday, February 11 from 1-3 p.m. at Rockwood Museum in Wilmington, chase away the winter doldrums with a Valentine party of hot tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and sweets. Enjoy a Victorian fashion show and take a guided tour of the Mansion. You are encouraged to dress the part! Ages 14-adult, $40 New Castle County Residents, $45 Non-residents. Reservations required. Antique appraisals for $5 will be offered.
Learn about Delaware Brewing History February 7th with a talk at Wilmington's Blue Ball Barn site, 1914 W. Park Drive. Local historian John Medkeff will speak. Refreshments 6:30 p.m. talk 7 p.m. Bring your own brews for a beer swap .
The Read House and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark will present Courtship, Letters, and Love:Romance on Saturday, February 10 at either 1 or 3 p.m. Visitors will tour select rooms of the Read House at 42 The Strand in New Castle while seeing letters and objects from the Delaware Historical Society collections that tell the story of love and courtship, from the 19th century to the present. Refreshments provided, $7 members, $10 non-members. Reservations at (302) 655-7161.
The public is invited to a talk on Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 PM at Cokesbury Village 726 Loveville Rd, Hockessin DE 19707, main building Auditorium on “ Frank Furness- Architect of an American Style” by James Tevebaugh, President of the Friends of the Furness Railroad District.
Join the Mitchell Center for African American History and the Delaware Historical Society on Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. to explore the impact of the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” on issues of race and sports in contemporary American society. N. Jeremi Duru, Professor of Law at American University, will discuss his work Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL. Reservations here.
Tuesday February 6 at 7 p.m. the Valley Forge Park Alliance will present a talk by David Lawrence (photo) on The Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. This new American Army, well-trained, drilled and disciplined, held its ground at Monmouth and forced the British to withdraw. The British adopt a new strategy—the Southern Campaign. The events during this final push are little known to most Americans. We are not commonly taught about its significance in school, just as we were not taught that this struggle lasted eight long bitter years and was in fact the first civil war in America.
A free program on Independence Square in Philadelphia commemorates Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.The commemoration will take place on Independence Square Chestnut St., between 5th and 6th Sts. and includes a procession of Civil War units and remarks recognizing Lincoln's commitment to and ultimate sacrifice for our founding ideal of equality for all.
Another Philadelphia program from 1-1:45 p.m. on February 17 addresses "George Washington Invents the Presidency." The U.S. Constitution provides little more than the basics about the role of the chief executive. Hear about the precedents set by the nation's first president in this ranger-led slide program. President George Washington summed up the challenges he faced: "I walk on untrodden ground." Location : Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets.
On February 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. the Historical Society of Pennsylvania presents "Running the Rails: the Forgotten History of the Philadelphians Who Built Their Transit System." Members free, $10 non-members.
Hankering For History, a fund raiser for the Chadds Ford Historical Society, will be held Sunday, February 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hank's Place, 1625 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford 19317. If you had ever wondered what this Wyeth & friends hangout was like, here is your chance to eat diner-type food with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Historical Society.
Postal Markings Prior to Adhesive Postage will be the subject of a talk by Alan Warren at the Chester County Historical Society on Saturday, February 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. The Society is located at 225 N. High St. in West Chester.
Interested in learning bookbinding, paper marbling, or gold tooling? Come to one of the Saturday classes at Historic Sugartown at 690 Sugartown Rd. in Malvern. The schedule is on the Sugartown website.
Looking to sell or list an historic home in Delaware or Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource.