First Saturdays in the First State presents "Salute to Summer" with these free programs on the Green in Dover on Saturday, June 2
10:30 a.m. Lucas R. Clawson, archivist with Hagley Museum and Library will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the Du Pont Company and its role during the American Civil War.
Biggs Kids: Beach Buckets -9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Kick off those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer by making your own beach bucket craft. The Invention of Childhood: Being a Kid in the 18th and 19th Centuries -9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4 p.m. -
John Bell House Guided Tours of Legislative Hall -9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Delaware’s Forgotten Naval Hero: Jacob Jones
1 p.m. -The Old State House Turn of the Century Inventors - 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum They Fought for the Union -10:30 a.m. -Delaware Public Archives
Trades of The Green Walking Tour -10 a.m. – 3 p.m. -John Bell House
Tours of the Governor’s House - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. -Woodburn – The Governor’s House
The Once and Future Courthouse - 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. -Kent County Courthouse
On Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m. the Delaware Historical Society will present a screening of the documentary "A Dream Deferred: Remembering the 1968 Occupation of the National Guard" in Wilmington. It will be followed by a panel discussion with those who experienced this civil unrest. Location is the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, 504 N. Market St., Wilmington with free parking courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th and Shipley Streets.
The New Castle Historical Society will hold its Annual Garden Party on Thursday, June 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Dutch House Garden in Old New Castle. Members $30, $35 guests includes drinks, hors d'oeurves from Jessop's Tavern and dessert. The party will move into the Arsenal on the New Castle Green in case of rain. Ticket reservations here.
The Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton, Delaware will present programs on June 16 and 17. Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. The American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware will sponsor "Buffalo Soldiers" with Willis Phelps. Then, on Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m., the This Place Matters series co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR Chapter will present a talk by Syl Woolford, expert on Africal-American geneology. Both talks are $5 and include coffee and dessert.
Preservation talks at Stoney's Science Cafe (Facebook), Summer Preservation Series continue on June 18 with Architectural Historian Jane Dorchester discussing area buildings constructed of local Serpentine stone and where to find them. Come for a British pub dinner and stay for the program at 7:00 p.m. Stoney's Pub is located at 3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. (photo Horticultural Hall, West Chester).
The Newtown Square Historical Society is Hosting its annual Community Celebration on Saturday, June 2nd at Historic Newtown Square Day FROM 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. at Drexel Lodge Park and other historic sites throughout the Township. Included will be a home lived in by the Caley family for much of its first 200 years, and continuously occupied a house on what is now Caley road. The Caley house (photo) will be open for tours to celebrate its 250th birthday! You will also see the Newtown Square Railroad Museum. Check the Historical Society Facebook page for details.
The Chester County Planning Commission announces the start of this summer's Town Tours and Village Walks on June 15 with "The Land of Goshen 1777-From Turk's Head to County Seat" in West Chester. Be at the Chester County Historical Society at 5:30 if you want to get your choice of walking tours which follow the traditional Kick-off Celebration. The following Thursday night June tours include one on June 22 exploring the troop activity on 9-11-1777 in Kennett Square. June 29 explores Trimbles Ford, an Archaeological Journey, again going back to 1777. Details and a complete summer schedule are included. This Town Tours program is what got me deeply involved with the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and I highly recommend attending one or more tours to see what it is all about!
Duffy's Cut: The Death of 57 Irish Immigrant Railroad Workers on the Main Line" will be the subject of a free program at the Sadsbury Twp. Historical Society on June 4 at 7 p.m. They are located at the Sadsbury Twp. Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Hwy., Sadsburyville PA. I heard about this in a program several years ago and it is a chilling and exciting story.
A dinner lecture on James and Dolley Madison will be held by the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund featuring Kyle Jenks and Elissa Paulissen on June 4, 6 p.m. at the General Warren Inne. Cost: $49 per person (includes lecture, buffet, family style sweets, taxes, gratuities, soft beverages, coffee/tea)
On June 20 and 27 from noon to 1 p.m. you can join the Lunch and Learn series at Valley Forge Park, highlighting some of the park's most interestng and significant stories over the lunch hour. Bring a bag lunch and they will provide the lemonade. Meetings are held at the Meeting Room at Valley Forge National Historic Park. On June 20, Karie Diethorn will talk about Portraits of Continental Army Officers, and on June 27, Justin Clement will speak on Ironiesand Hierarchy:Fighting the War for America.
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