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2013: Forging Faith, Building Freedom

This year and 2014 marked two important landmarks in Delaware history: the bicentennial of Peter Spencer’s founding of the nation’s first independent black denomination, the African Union Methodist church, in 2013, followed by the bicentennial of the August Quarterly festival in 2014.   224 more words

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2012: Center for African American Heritage

Africans and their descendants have been part of Delaware since 1639, but their history has been neglected. When the opportunity arose to present a proposal to the City of Wilmington to develop a center for Delaware’s African American history and heritage, the Delaware Historical Society rose to the challenge.  212 more words

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2011: Focus on Lower Market Street

This year, the Delaware History Museum’s neighbor, the Queen Theater, came back to life as World Café Live at the Queen, a restaurant and performing arts venue.  189 more words

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2010: Infrastructure, Physical and Virtual

Old buildings are money pits.  Really old and important buildings, like Old Town Hall and the Read House, are huge money pits.  Both buildings, treasured by the Society and the community alike, received major maintenance this year, including masonry repairs, repairs and repainting of windows and exterior woodwork, removal of the 1938 addition on Old Town Hall, and reworking all of the Read House’s windows.  184 more words

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2009: Vice President Biden Comes for Lunch

This year the Society’s History Maker Award went to Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  Four Delawareans have served in the federal cabinet (although no one since Thomas F. 176 more words

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2008: What’s in a Name—or a Color—or a Logo

As the Society continued to move into the new millennium, it wanted to remain relevant in a changing world through its collections, exhibitions, and programs.  Equally important, it also wanted the public to know that it was a lively organization that had something to offer them.  198 more words

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2007: The Read House Garden

In the summer of 2007, “How Has Our Garden Grown,” an exhibition at the Read House in New Castle, focused on the history of the garden, an integral part of the property. 244 more words

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