Recognizing 150 years of Service to the People of Delaware

The Delaware Historical Society was founded in May 1864 for “the elucidation of history, particularly such portions as may refer to Delaware.” Over the next 15 decades, the organization refined its stated purpose to reflect both a changing society and the evolution of the public history profession. The mission of the Delaware Historical Society today is to serve as the statewide, non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community.

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Our Vision

A society inspired and empowered by Delaware history to shape the future.

Core Corporate Values

The Delaware Historical Society:

  • adheres to the highest professional standards and best practices as prescribed by organizations such as the American Association for State and Local History, the American Alliance of Museums and the Society of American Archivists;
  • practices exemplary stewardship in managing all of its resources;
  • sponsors programs and provides services which are accurate, engaging, inclusive, entrepreneurial and innovative;
  • is an active and valuable participant in mission-related partnerships and collaborations;
  • encourages broad participation and perspectives in programming; and
  • fosters a climate of respect, collegiality and professionalism at work and in the community.


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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.