First Saturday in the First State events: February 1, 10:30 a.m. at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N. Dover DE 19901 . Dr. Donald Blakey will talk about 1953, when Dr. Jerome H. Holland became President of Delaware State College. This program is free to the public and no reservation is required unless otherwise noted. For more information contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or email email@example.com . Weather--should this program be cancelled due to weather, it will be announced on archives.delaware.gov . Other Sites are open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., except Woodburn, Hall House, and the Kent County Courthouse (Photo). Through a Barber’s Eyes: Sampson Darling 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit to learn more about this free African- American barber who lived in a house on The Green and supported his family when Delaware was still a slave state. John Bell House on The Green. Biggs Kids 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Children can enjoy a craft guided by museum staff. Biggs Museum of American Art “The Dean of Black Politicians:” The Life and Work of Herman Holloway 9 a.m. – 4:30 pm While touring Delaware’s Capitol Building, learn about the legal fight for civil rights and explore the life of Herman Holloway, one of Delaware’s most prominent African-American politicians, who served as both a State Representative and State Senator during the 1960s. Legislative Hall WALKING TOUR: Tales of Slavery and Freedom 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. As a border state, Delaware held a complicated position regarding slavery. Tours of the Governor’s House 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont De 19703 will present "The Original Black Panthers:761 Tank Battalion" a presentation by Dr. Abdullah R. Muhammad on Tuesday, February 11 from 6_7:30 p.m. Registration requested, call 302-798-4164. Light Refreshments will be served. Sponsored and hosted by the Friends of Claymont Library.
Delaware State Parks program: "The Archaeology of the Charles Tilton Site at Killens Pond State Park" will be presented in a program on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. Tilton was a free Black farmer whose land is part of the park. Artifacts from the site will be on display. The Park is located at 5025 Killens Pond Park Rd. in Felton, DE.
Dover event at Wesley College on Monday, February 10 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Chapel, 3 N. Bradford St. "New Directions in African American History" a free talk with Dr. Shantee Rosado speaking on Cardi B and Black Latinas' voice in U. S. politics. Registration required.
The New Castle Historical Society invites you to a free talk on Italian-American history on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. with J. Jordan Storlazzi, Jr., M.D at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street in New Castle DE. You can take this opportunity to congratulate Mike Connolly on being named Executive Director. Welcome back, Mike!
The George Washington Society invites you to their "Annual Toast to George Washington", Saturday, February 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at the DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Rd., Wilmington. There will be a tribute to the Cooch family and a talk by archaeologist Wade Catts. RSVP and check for $25 per person by Feb. 10 to George Washington Society, P.O. Box 4244, Greenville DE 19807
The Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation and the John Dickinson Plantation invite you to the Annual Dickinson Memorial on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Quaker Hill location, 521 N. West St. in Wilmington. Honor the legacy of Dickinson and join Dickinson scholar, Judge Randy J. Holland as well as Dickinson descendant Evelyn Swennson with a rousing performance of "The Liberty Song." "Elegant reception" to follow.
On Weds., Feb. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m., the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will present "Fact, Folklore, and the Legacy of the Underground Railroad" at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia, part of their celebration of Black History Month. Following the 2019 release of the Oscar-nominated biopic Harriet and the success of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, it is evident that the Underground Railroad continues to influence our nation’s history and culture. Yet, the realities of the Underground Railroad are often conflated with myth, folklore, and legend. This event will feature a panel discussion with Darlene Amobi of the Kennett Underground RR Center, Ashley B. Cloud, Sr. Director of the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation in Wilmington, and Christopher Densmore, former Curator at Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore. Tickets available. William Still's Journal C will be available to view for this night only.
The Warminster Historical Society presents "Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit" with authors: Harry Kyraikodis and Joel Spivak on Monday, February 24th, 6:30 p.m. Location: Warminster Free Library, 1076 Emma Ln, Warminster, PA 18974. Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above.
Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge. Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency. Recruits will then be issued wooden (dummy) muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington's soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the series of three Saturday training sessions in order to advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army. Dates: February 1st, 11 a.m., March 7th, 11 a.m., and April 4th, 11 a.m. These events are weather dependent. Please call the Visitor Center at 610-783-1099 to confirm the status of the program.
And don't forget to join Valley Forge for Washington's Birthday celebration Monday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet General Washington and Mrs. Washington and make birthday cards. Then at noon get a free cupcake from The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College and hear an address from George and Martha Washington. (NOTE: Soldiers First! Participants in the Join the Continental Army program will gain first access to cupcakes).
HELP SAVE THIS HISTORIC LANDMARK HOME IN DELAWARE
Stonum, the country home of George Read, signer of the Declaration of Independence was located less than a mile from his home on The Strand in Old New Castle. The earliest section of this home dates back to 1730. It is eligible for State and National grants for restoration. Call or email Carolyn Roland for an appointment to see this important home on the Delaware River. (HABS historic photo of Stonum interior)