Ongoing, Wilmington 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.


  December  2018



through January 4, 2019
A Holiday in Transition: Christmas in 1820s New Castle

Read House & Gardens
During regular tour hours 

In early America, Christmas was a controversial holiday marked by religious disagreement and raucous celebrations in the streets. But things were changing in the early 19th century. Stop by the Read House for a special holiday tour with vignettes of Christmastime in the 1820s and beyond!


Friday, December 7, 2018
Delaware Day, Art Loop, the First Lighting of Willingtown Square, PLUS a Candlelight Concert by Melomanie

5 PM
Join the Delaware Historical Society for the First Lighting of Willingtown Square! Brew Ha! Ha!, DLS Discovery, and Downtown Visions have partnered together to brighten Willingtown Square with festive sparkling lights, bringing warmth and cheer to cold winter nights! Located in the 500 block of North Market Street, Willingtown Square is a scenic park-like setting filled with trees and open space. Join us for the countdown and see all of the lights go on at once. Holiday treats provided courtesy of ShopRite!

7 PM
Enjoy an intimate holiday-inspired performance featuring musicians Kimberly Reighley, baroque and modern flutes, Tracy Richardson, harpsichord, and introducing special guest, Jessica Lynch, baroque and modern flutes. Ticketed event.



Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Read House & Gardens: LIT for the Holidays

Grab a glass of historical punch and take in the spectacular interiors of one of America's newest National Historic Landmarks! Come see it decked out for the holidays and help us reimagine a Delaware gem for the 21st century. Details.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
FREE for Teachers!

Read House & Gardens, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Delaware History Museum, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Teachers, did you know that you can visit the Delaware History Museum in Wilmington and the Read House & Gardens in New Castle free of charge on the third Saturday of every month? When you visit, just have proof of employment to enjoy the Society's current and permanent exhibitions. See you there!

Winter Holiday Schedule

December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019, Administrative Offices are closed.
December 24 - March 1, 2019 - Research Library is closed with special research days (please see details below).
December 25 and 26, all Society sites are closed.
December 27 - December 31, 2018, Society museums, including the Delaware History Museum, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Old Town Hall, and the Read House & Gardens are open regular hours -
click here to plan your visit. 

Please note: The Delaware Historical Society Research Library will be closed January 2 through March 1 for maintenance and special projects. While staff are unable to accept online research requests during this period, researchers can access our online catalog, AskCaesar.  For your convenience, the library will remain open at the following times:

Mondays beginning January 28 , 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, February  16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and continued interest in the Delaware Historical Society. Our library staff looks forward to serving you when we resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 4, 2019.



Please visit as more programs are added to the Society's schedule!






Delaware History Museum   |  Mitchell Center for African American Heritage   |   Old Town Hall   |   Research Library   |   Willingtown Square    |   Read House & Gardens  

(302) 655-7161
505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community.