Calendar of Events


November - December 2019





Friday, November 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Art Loop Wilmington
Delaware History Museum


Tour the Delaware History Museum then explore entertainment and restaurants that inspire a vibrant city! 


Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Quaker Indian Boarding Schools - Presentation and Discussion
Delaware History Museum


When the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition issued a call for churches to research each denomination’s role in the forced assimilation of Native children by means of the Indian boarding schools, Paula Palmer conducted this research on behalf of Quakers with support from Pendle Hill (the Cadbury scholarship), Friends Historical Library (the Moore Fellowship), the Native American Rights Fund, and other Friendly sources. Join the Delaware Historical Society and Quaker Hill Preservation Foundation to learn more.

Paula Palmer is a Quaker sociologist, writer, and activist for human rights and social justice. Her work, “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples” is a program of Friends Peace Teams. Palmer writes and speaks on this topic throughout the country. For information about Paula’s research, workshops and presentations, and for recommended resources, see

Registration is requested. Please click here to register. On Street parking is free on Saturdays.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Teacher Workshop: Historic Newspapers in the Classroom: The Delaware Digital Newspaper Project
University of Delaware, Morris Library


The Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Delaware has digitized hundreds of thousands of pages of Delaware newspapers which are freely-accessible through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America database. This workshop for teachers will include information on how to incorporate historic newspapers into your curriculum. Registration required. Please click here to register


Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Market Street Music
Old Town Hall


The Delaware Historical Society is excited to partner with Market Street Music once again for FREE noontime concerts during November! Take a break from the office and enjoy a bit of beautiful music mid-day. All are welcome to bring their lunch. Concerts are 12:30-1:00 pm. Kevin Cope, a Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist winner, Kevin will perform selections for classical guitar.  


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Underground Railroad in Delaware
Lewes Public Library


What was it like to seek freedom on the Underground Railroad? Explore this question through hands-on activities as you learn about freedom seekers and the brave men and women, both enslaved and free, who made this region one of the most successful routes to freedom in the years before the Civil War.

Presented by the Delaware Historical Society. Registration is requested. Click here to sign up online, call the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
New Directions in African American History
Mitchell Center



Dr. Quito Swan will share his latest research project titled "Melanesia's Way: Black Internationalism and Diaspora in the South Pacific," which seeks to understand how ideas of Black Power, African American freedom struggles, and Pan-Africanism were shared in places such as Fiji, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Vanuatu. Dr. Swan is a professor of African diaspora history at University of Massachusetts Boston. His research and teachining interests include Black Internationalism and twentieth century Black social movements.


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Market Street Music
Old Town Hall


The Delaware Historical Society is excited to parnet with Market Street Music once again for FREE noontime concerts during November! Take a break from the office and enjoy a bit of beautiful music mid-day. All are welcome to bring their lunch. Concerts are 12:30-1:00 pm. Ismar Gomes, award-winning cellist, will perform Bach and other selections.


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
The Process of Preservation: Rare Books in the Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana
Delaware History Museum


The work of 18th-century Wilmington printer James Adams is part of the Davis Collection and can tell us much about technology, print culture, business, industry, and the dissemination of information in the city during the early republic. Join Domonique Alesi, a Philadelphia-based book restorer and conservation technician, for a talk about the importance and process of preserving rare books. A hands-on demonstration and creation of your own book are included.

Collected over four decades, the Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana includes ephemera, photography, African Americana, rare print materials, and commemorative objects. The majority of the collection relates to Wilmington businesses during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Please click here to register.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Research Library OPEN 

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - STEM Saturdays - FREE

In partnership with the Delaware Children's Museum, the Delaware Historical Society presents STEM Saturdays! The first session is Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 and the topic is transportation. FREE. Games, crafts and activities for the children.
Delaware History Museum, 504 N. Market Street, Wilmington.


Monday, November 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m. 
The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait by W. Barksdale Maynard
Delaware History Museum


DHS Reading Group Book Recommendation

Join author W. Barksdale Maynard for a discussion of his book The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait.

Since 2002, W. Barksdale Maynard has written six books on history, several of them award-winning. He has also co-authored two business books. Mr. Maynard is a regular lecturer in art history at Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities, as well as others, since 1997. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton.

Mr. Maynard is also a highly experienced freelance journalist who has written for more than 30 magazines and newspapers since 1999, including the Washington Post and New York Times. His extensive online publication record includes the Smithsonian, Psychology Today, and LinkedIn. He regularly contributes to Better Homes & Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg Journal, and the alumni magazines of Princeton, Yale, and Harvard. Since 2001 Mr. Maynard has conducted 70 public lectures, including popular walking tours of the Princeton campus.

The Delaware Historical Society Reading Group meets periodically to discuss a wide range of books about Delaware, U.S., and world history. Each meeting features a presentation of materials from the Society's collections that relate to the book. Group members select the book and date for each meeting. New members are always welcome!

FREE -Reservations requested. Please click here to register. Free parking available courtesy of colonial parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lecture & Book Signing: How George Read & John Dickinson Stopped Giants from Swallowing Delaware
Read House & Gardens, 
42 The Strand, New Castle


Please join us as we welcome John Sweeney, editor of "Delaware's John Dickinson: The Constant Watchman of Liberty" (2018) for an engaging and entertaining talk about Founders George Read and John Dickinson. Sweeney's career as a reporter, columnist, and editor took him to newspapers in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Delaware. He was with The News Journal for more than 32 years, the last ten as editorial page editor. He has been a writing coach, a media ethics lecturer, and a freelance writer. He and his wife, Kathy Canavan, live in Brandywine Hundred.

Please register here 


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Market Street Music
Old Town Hall


The Delaware Historical Society is excited to parnet with Market Street Music once again for FREE noontime concerts during November! Take a break from the office and enjoy a bit of beautiful music mid-day. All are welcome to bring their lunch. Concerts are 12:30-1:00 pm. Sharon Sable (vocalist) and Shawn Qaissaunee (guitar), mainstays of the Delaware jazz scene. 


Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Melomanie in Concert 
Old Town Hall

Join us for the U.S. premiere of Gelidi riflessi (Icy reflections) by Nina Slniakova for violin and harpsichord. Sandstone Peak by Ronnie McAlvin. Paris Quartet in A Major by Telemann, and selections for gamba and cello. 

$15 Members and seniors; $15 Students (16 and older); $25 Nonmembers; FREE Students 15 and under. Purchase tickets at, by calling 302-764-6338, or at the door.


Saturday, November 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Market Street Pop-up
Holiday Village & Light Display in Willingtown Square

FREE Admission

Join us to shop from local vendors, enjoy live music by the Hotsy Totsy Gals, and grab a photo with Santa. Plus lights and more!



Saturday, December 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
LIT for the Holidays
Read House & Gardens

Once a party pad, always a party pad! Grab a glass of historic Fish House Punch and take in the spectacular interiors of one of America’s finest federal-period mansions, unbuttoned like you've never seen it before. The Read House was built around 1800 along the cobblestone streets of Old New Castle, steps away from where William Penn first landed in America. It became a social hub once again in the 1920s, complete with its own basement speakeasy. Come see the house decked out for the holidays and help us reimagine this Philadelphia-region gem for the 21st century!


DON'T DRINK + DRIVE...$6 round-trip shuttle service from Wilmington will run from the Rodney Square entrance of the DuPont Building (1007 N. Market St.) and the Wilmington Train Station (100 S. French St.). Seating is limited. Remaining unreserved seats will be available on a first-come basis, and the fee may be paid upon arrival at the Read House.

Wilmington to New Castle departures:

6:30/6:40 – DuPont Building/Train Station

7:15/7:25 – DuPont Building/Train Station

New Castle to Wilmington departures, with stops at Wilmington Station and the DuPont Building:

7:45 – Read House & Gardens

8:45 – Read House & Gardens

9:30 – Read House & Gardens


$20 non-members

$15 members + students w/ ID

$10 designated drivers

Click HERE to purchase tickets

**All tickets $5 higher at the door

Casual cocktail attire. Admission includes drinks, snacks, and VIP mansion tours.


Sponsored by the Millennial Summit—the region's premier experience where young professionals, impact players, rising stars, and innovators come together to connect and grow.



Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Art Loop Wilmington
Delaware History Museum


Enjoy a candlelight concert by chamber ensemble Melomanie at 7:00 pm (tickets available here), tour the museum, do a little holiday shopping in the Museum Store, then explore entertainment and restaurants throughout Wilmington. For more information, go to



Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
An Evening with Bob Byrd
Delaware History Museum


Robert Lee Byrd has been hearing for years he ought to write a book, so he did. The reason he has been hearing it, is he has been in the know on just about every deal that has gone down in the back rooms and corridors of power in Delaware over some 40 years he has spent as a legislator and lobbyist.

Not only has Bob Byrd seen it all, he has seen who was in on it pulling the strings. He knows how to maneuver a governor into not vetoing a bill. He knows the reason people in Delaware can ride motorcycles with the helmet on their motorcycle and not their head. He knows why there were no Budweiser Clydesdales in a parade when Joe Biden was elected vice president.

Byrd had a choice. He could have decided to take his secrets to the grave, where dead men tell no tales, but he did not. It was much more fun to put them in a book.

Called “An inherently fascinating and impressively candid account of 'real world politics' in the hallowed halls of the Delaware state house, "Byrd of Legislative Hall" is an unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library political biography collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of political science students, academia, and non-specialist general readers.

Reservations requested; please click here

Free parking available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley Streets.


OngoingWilmington Campus
Between the Rivers, Walking Tours of Wilmington's Historic District - the Delaware Historical Society is pleased to offer reserved guided tours of Wilmington's historic Market Street.



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