On Saturday, January 4 at 10:30 a.m. Robert Clark, president of Wesley College and former Commandant of Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, will present a history of the U.S. Submarine Force during World War II and reflect on how the lessons learned almost 80 years ago are still applied today and are the foundation of our current submarine force culture. This presentation at the Delaware Public Archives 121 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Dover DE is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. Other public buildings in Dover which will be open from 9-4:30 p.m. include the Old State House, the Johnson Victrola Museum, and the John Bell House.
Sunday, January 12, from 2-4 p.m. come to the Bear DE Library and learn about "A View from the Hill--Quakers in Wilmington, Delaware". Ashley Hill of the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation talks about the Quaker journey from 1728 to the present.
Tuesday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. the Delaware History Museum invites you to "Reinterpreting Victorian Parlor Music from the Paul Preston Davis Collection." In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, popular tunes from pianos, player pianos, and phonographs ﬂoated through parlor windows throughout Wilmington. This free musical program will reinterpret Victorian parlor music for the 21st century. Featuring Melomanie, Vince Comegys-Davis & the Nils Mossblad Jazz Trio. FREE EVENT! Reservations required
FREE PARKING available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley.
Then, on Weds. Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. you are invited to another free program, this one at the beautifully restored Wilmington Public Library at 10 E. 10th St. The Subject will be "Voting Rights:How Far We've Come and How Far We Have to Go." Morgan Keller, ACLU-DE’s Communications Manager, will walk you through a brief history of the challenges and triumphs voting rights have seen since our democracy was founded. Reserve here.
Webinar alert:Join the PA SHPO staff for a 1 hour webinar, Weds. January 22 from 2-3 p.m. to learn about the Keystone Historic Preservation Grants program and preparing an application for a 2020 grant. Two categories of grants--projects and construction-are available for historic resources in PA listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places. More info on the PHMC website.
The Chester County Historical Society in West Chester will hold a book discussion on 2 short books on Thursday, January 9 at 10 a.m. : The Story of Kennett by Bayard Taylor, and Harriet Tubman Conductor on the Underground Railroad.
The West Caln Historical Society plans a free lecture by Herb Fisher, "Stagecoach Trolley thru Lancaster and Chester County" on January 21 at 7 p.m. The location will be the West Caln Municipal Building, 721 W. Kings Hwy in Wagontown.
And now for something completely different, a Women's Hat Decorating Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor, featuring Lynette Miller on Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee:$65 per person, ages 10+. Bring your own bagged lunch. The location will be Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St. in Pottstown. To register, call 610-326-4014 or register here.
Kids driving you nuts? Circle February 1 on your calendar for Cabin Fever Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Historic Sugartown. They can learn to play the way kids did during the 1700's and 1800's! Make historic crafts with friends from East Goshen, Colonial PA Plantation, Paoli Battlefield and the American Helicopter Museum. Complimentary coffee and hot cocoa! Admission $6 for ages 3 and up. Visitor parking at 273 Boot Rd., Malvern.
Our Featured Historic Listing is Stonum, the country home of George Read I, Signer of the Declaration of Indepandence. It is located at 9th and Washington Streets in New Castle, Delaware. It is one of only 14 National Landmark properties in Delaware and contains much original trim and mantels plus 6 fireplaces. Please help us SAVE THIS IMPORTANT DELAWARE PROPERTY! Make an appointment here.