The New Castle Historical Society announces several events for April:
The Amstel and Dutch houses will open for the season at 10 a.m. on April 4. Tickets available at the Arsenal, 30 Market Street. Also, the annual meeting will be Tuesday, April 10 at the Arsenal at 7 p.m. And join "History Rocks", a party and learning session about the Society on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Fee is $10 a person for light refreshments, music, dancing, and cash bar.
Winterthur Museum and Gardens have opened their exhibit of garden follies (based on traditional structures from the U.K. built by rich estate owners). Also new is "Dining by Design", which is a comprehensive exhibit of all you ever wanted to know about dinnerware (I was only able to absorb about 1/4 of it at a time--lots of small examples!).
The Friends of the Claymont Stone School and the Claymont Historical Society will hold a program, "A Journey Through Journaling", on Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. Re-enactor Catherine Carter Kelly will share her family's letters and history, while writer John DeCostanza will talk about the importance of using written resources. Admission $5, light refreshments. The School is at 3611 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont DE 19703.
As part of the day long First Saturday in the First State programs on April 7, at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives at 121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd N, Dover, DE 19901, will present a program titled “The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in 1968. Presented by Rev. Dr. John Moore, Sr. this program will focus on Dr. King’s life from his youth in Georgia, his years as the leader of the civil rights movement, and his tragic assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Moore will also re-enact three of Dr. King’s most famous speeches: “We Shall Overcome,” “I Have a Dream,” and his final address, “The Mountain Top,” presented the night before his assassination.
Check out this event that will include two of First State National Historical Park's sites (Old Swedes Church photo and Ft. Christina) on April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Festival at the Fort" will take place at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Copeland Maritime Center, Fort Christina Park, and Old Swedes Church. Tour Fort Christina, Old Swedes Church, and the Kalmar Nyckel and learn about the heritage of the Wilmington Colonial era cultures of the Lenape, Swedes, Dutch, Finns and English!
The Valley Forge Park Alliance will present "First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His – and the Nation’s – Prosperity" on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. . The speaker will be Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association. Location is Washington Memorial Chapel, on Route 23 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
The Chadds Ford Historical Society is presenting a program onThursday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. entitled "Chadds Ford Then and Now II", with Phyllis Recca. Learn about Christy’s Restaurant and Reyburn’s Tavern, viewing rare historic photos from private collections. Find out what happened to Quimby’s Gas Station and why there was confusion regarding the Chadds Ford Barbershop sign created by N.C. Wyeth. The CFHS is at the Barn Visitors Center at 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317.
The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund will present 2 lecture and dinner events in April. On Monday, April 9 at 6 p.m., "British Army Wives" presented by Don N. Hagist. The roles of women in the armies of the American Revolution, although not unknown, are not fully appreciated. And then, on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m., "Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It" presented by Larrie D. Ferreiro . The location will be the General Warren Inne at 9 Old Lancaster Road
Malvern, PA 19355. Fee of $49 includes dinner and lecture, reservations required at Paoli Battlefield link.
The Chester County Historical Society will present a program on Saturday, April 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. by John Barwis, "The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Area’s Pre-eminence as a Postal Communication Center". This is part of the "You’ve Got Mail! Philatelic Lectures". Admission is free. The Society is located at 225 North High St. in West Chester.
"Warner Mifflin: Unflinching Quaker Abolitionist" is the title of a book and talk by Gary B. Nash at the Arch Street Meeting, 320 Arch St. in Philadelphia. Tickets are $10, RSVP or reserve a book at their website.
Information provided by Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource in Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Click on link to send Carolyn a message.