Dover-First Saturday free programs on June 1 are open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except Woodburn, Hall House and the Kent County Courthouse. From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Join the Biggs Museum of American Art for their "Biggs Kids: Kazoos" program and make and decorate your own musical instrument. From 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. sing along at the John Bell House on The Green during our "Music and Song in a Public House" program, tour Legislative Hall to experience Delaware history and join the Johnson Victrola Museum for guided tours celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month with music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. At 10:30 a.m. visit the Delaware Public Archives for the program "An Unsurpassed Soldiery: The Delaware Regiment during the American Revolution", a presentation by Charles Fithian that will offer some of the preliminary findings of a new study of the Delaware Regiment. At 1 p.m. visit The Old State House on The Green for "Play that Old Time Country Music", a lecture discussing the early roots of country music with the Victor Talking Machine Company. In addition: The Governor's House at Woodburn will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Kent County Courthouse at 38 The Green will be open for guided tours from 1:30 - 4 p.m. and walking tours focusing on stories of the Dover Green will be leaving from the John Bell House at 43 The Green on the hour from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, in New Castle, “Separation—Freedom for Delaware” will be part of the Separation Day celebration marking the 242nd anniversary of Delaware’s split from Great Britain and Pennsylvania to form the Delaware State, the New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., will offer activities and demonstrations by the First Delaware Regiment from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and “Caesar Rodney in his Own Words,” a historical play by museum historic-site interpreter David Price at 2 p.m. Both activities will take place on the Green adjacent to the museum. Admission free for museum events. 302-323-4453.
The New Castle Historical Society invites you to their annual Garden Party, June 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dutch House Gardens. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and libations included. Tickets are $30 Members, $35 guests. Reservations are highly suggested. Click for tickets.
The Hale-Byrnes House at 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware 19713 announces 2 publc programs. On Saturday, June 15, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware the subject is "Black Loyalists, Black Patriots and the Revolutionary War" with Syl Woolford. Then on Sunday, June 16, from 3-5 p.m. the This Place Matters Series presents "Hockessin History!" with Joe Lake. Bring your Father for Fathers' Day--Wine & Cheese will be served! Well-behaved children always welcomed. $5 at the door, includes coffee & dessert.
June 26 is a day-long preservation symposium from 9-4:30 p.m. at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover exploring disaster preparedness, issues regarding elevating historic properties in flood-prone areas and National Register nominations. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-736-7400 no later than June 19, 2019. (photo Odessa DE)
"African American Education in the 19th Century" will be the subject of a free talk at the Kennett Underground Railroad Center featuring Dr. Bradley Skelcher on Saturday, June 8 from 2-4 p.m. As Quakers came to accept the notion that slavery was wrong, more came to believe in the importance of education for African Americans once they were free. The talk will be at the Kennett Friends Meeting (125 W. Sickle Street, Kennett Square). To register, https://bit.ly/2VA1uTP
A yearly event many of us look forward to is the FREE series of Town Tours and Village Walks in Chester County. The Kick-Off and tour of West Chester will be Thursday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 212 S. High Street, West Chester. Tours continue every Thursday evening until August 29th. (The Lukens Band plays at Kick off ) For a schedule see: http://www.chescoplanning.org/HisResources/TownTours.cfm
The Kennett Underground Railroad Center will hold a URR Guided Bus Tour
June 16 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The tour starts at the Brandywine Valley Tourist Center near the entrance to Longwood Gardens on Route 1. The cost is $20 per person.
On Tuesday, June 25th at the Chester County Historical Society, Archer & Buchanan project designer and preservationist Suzanne Amrich will lead a talk and tour on the project at 229 North High Street in West Chester—just a few steps from CCHS! It is believed that the property was transformed into its current appearance after it was purchased in 1914; however, there is foundation evidence that suggests the rear portion of the house dates to an earlier time. (Google view photo). The event will begin on the CCHS terrace and then move to the home for a guided tour. Time is 5-7 p.m. and rain date is Thursday, June 27. Ticket Price: $12 Members/$15 Non-Members. Sips and Nibbles will be provided courtesy of Classic Diner Catering.