The Delaware Historical Society presents permanent and rotating exhibitions on historical topics at the Delaware History Museum, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Old town Hall and in its Willingtown Square gallery on its Wilmington campus and at the Read House & Gardens in New Castle.
Current Delaware Historical Society Exhibitions:
With an overarching theme of “Delaware: One State, Many Stories,” Discover Delaware introduces the state’s history through a number of important topics. Delaware’s immigrant history, its maritime heritage, deep roots in agriculture, Wilmington’s evolution from an industrial hub to a financial center, its role on the warfront and at home, and the many cultural and artistic contributions envelope visitors in First State history. Location, hours, fees.
Sharing the “Delaware: One State, Many Stories” theme, Journey To Freedom presents compelling perspectives of African Americans’ struggles for human rights, freedom and dignity in Delaware and the nation. From slavery to resistance, to forging faith and community, and from standing together for freedom and equality to serving an ambivalent nation during times of war, this groundbreaking exhibition chronicles the African American experience in Delaware. Location, hours, fees.
Read House & Gardens (1804) -
On the New Castle riverfront, in the heart of the old city, the twenty-two room, 14,000-square-foot Read House dominates the streetscape with a monumental simplicity and distinctive Philadelphia architectural style. Designed for George Read II, son of a Delaware signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the house combined innovative Federal period design and advanced technological systems to create comfort and refinement.
Outside formal gardens installed in 1848 provided enjoyment for the late nineteenth and early twentieth century residents and continue to delight visitors today. Beneath the soil the layered history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property. Location, hours, fees.
Willingtown Square Gallery (1748 -1801) -
A look at the society’s history from its beginnings in 1864 to the present through interpretive text, images and objects. Location, hours.