At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, “The Constitutional Convention and Ratification” will be the subject of New Castle Court House Museum historical interpreter Nicole Worthley. She will explore the debates, compromises and writing of the U.S. Constitution during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Complimentary coffee and cookies provided. Part one of a series of lectures on the U. S. Constitution at the State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 302-744-5054.
Thursday–Sunday, April 5–14, 2019 you can join the Lewes Tulip Celebration. Series of activities at downtown Lewes locations including the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway, where tulip arrangements by the Sussex Gardeners and tours will be offered. Sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. 302-645-8073.
Another Lewes program on April 6 will be a talk on the 1813 bombardment of this seashore town by Chuck Fithian, retired curator of archaeology for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs at the Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway 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 for the lecture are required by calling 302-645-1148 no later than April 5, 2019. (photo: Illustration of a Congreve rocket barge. Congreve rockets were used by the British in the bombardment of Lewes in 1813. This weapon was the inspiration for the term “rockets’ red glare”)
“From Kidnapping to Escaping Enslavement: The Development of New Hypotheses to Study the Underground Railroad in New Castle County, Delaware” will be the subject of a presentation by Robin Krawitz, assistant research professor at Delaware State University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St. New Castle. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but reservations are requested by calling the museum at 302-323-4453. (photo of slavery exhibit at museum)
On the First Saturday of each month, Dover welcomes the public to Dover with a series of thematic programs and events which are developed at each site. Some buildings like Woodburn and Courtroom# 1 at the Kent County Courthouse, are only open to the public on this day or by appointment. One special program this month will be “Francis Barraud: His Master’s Voice.” A theatrical presentation exploring artist Francis Barraud and his painting of one of the most celebrated canines in the world—Nipper, the dog who adorns the Victor trademark, “His Master’s Voice.” Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Program at 1:30 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262. An event added to this busy day is one formerly snowed-out this winter and part of last year's 100th anniversary of the State Dept. of Transportation. Secretary Jennifer Cohan will talk about DelDOT's evolution at 10:30 a.m. at the Archives, 121 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. No reservations necessary.
The next day, April 7, the Hockessin Merchants Express steam train of the Wilmington & Western RR will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the Greenbank Station located off Rt. 41 board the train and enjoy a light breakfast. Taking a relaxing trip through the Red Clay Valley behind steam locomotive No. 58 into Downtown Hockessin where over a 2 hour layover you can tour the many local eateries and businesses! Tickets are $25 -- reserve here.
The Hale-Byrnes House begins the year's public programs on Saturday, April 13 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware, "Its Painful for Me to Lose so Many Good People--
Recent Historical Archaeological Investigations at Fort Mercer (Red Bank) Battlefield" with archaeologist Wade Catts. Then on Sundy April 14, from 3-5 p.m. the This Place Matters Series introduces "Wild Cat Manor" with Steve Cox, co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR. All programs, well-behaved children are welcome and $5 at the door includes coffee & dessert. Location: 606 Old Stanton-Christiana Rd., Newark 19713- Route 7 north on old road near Shone's & Metroform Medical.
The Woodlands, along with Past Present Projects invites you to "Historical Graffiti at the Hamilton Mansion" on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. The Woodlands, is at 4000 Woodland Ave. in Philadelphia. The speaker is U of D's own Michael Emmons. Admission is $5, tickets here.
Designing over 60 commissions concentrated in the Philadelphia area (including The New Century Club in Wilmington) Minerva Parker Nichols built a career of architectural and social significance in the late 19th C." The Lady Architect" by Molly Lester will dive into Nichols' often overlooked life on Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Ave. in Bryn Mawr. $10 members of Lower Merion, $15 non-members. Wine and cheese reception included.
The Schuylkill River Heritage Center presents a free talk, "Boathouse Row:Waves of Change" by Dotty Brown, author, on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Foundry at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, 2 N. Main St in Phoenixville. Ms. Brown will share the history of Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River, below the Philadelphia Art Museum.
The Institute of Classical Art & Architecture invites you to "Framing Rittenhouse: A Walking Tour of Historic Windows and Doors" sponsored by North American Window and Door and Kolbe Windows and Doors on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia. ICAA members, $30, students $25, all others $45. Reservations may go fast. This 3 hour tour of Rittenhouse Square will be led by Jim Mundy, Program Director of the Union League, who has also given architecture tours for the Preservation Alliance.
The Valley Forge Park Alliance is sponsoring a lecture by Diane Windham Shaw, "Remember Our Valley Forge Times: Lafayette, Washington and the Winter of 1777-78" at 7 p.m. on April 2. The location is the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge.
Chester County and the American Revolution will be the subject of a free talk by Michael C. Harris sponsored by the West Goshen Historical Commission on April 4 at 7 p.m. Discover how the Battle of the Clouds and the Battle of Paoli impacted the American Revolution. Event location is the West Goshen Twp. Building, 1025 Paoli Pike in West Chester. Register here.
Feminism, Publishing and the Law in the 19th C Abolitionist Struggle will be the subject of a talk at the Kennett Underground RR Centeer featuring Dr. Emma Lapansky-Werner from 2-4 p.m. on April 6 at the London Grove Friends Meeting, 500 W. Street Rd. in Kennett Square. Register here.
The Revolutionary Dining Series will present Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren the American Revolution’s Last Hero featuring Christian Di Spigna, Author on April 23 at 6 p.m. at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Cost: $50.00 per person (includes dinner, lecture, and question/answer session). Register here.
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