Calendar of Events

 

 JUNE - AUGUST 2020

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Delaware Historical Society's Response to COVID-19

MARCH 27, 2020

All scheduled programs and events have been cancelled or postponed. We are committed to supporting the nation’s efforts to control the spread of the virus, and will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state health organizations.

 

JUNE

 

 

Wednesday June 17, 2020, 10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
The Mitchell Center for African American Heritage Virtual Juneteenth Event

FREE

 

Registration via ZOOM Webinar is required:

Click here to register in advance for the 10am-11am presentation.

Click here to register in advance for the 6pm-7pm presentation.

 

Christy Coleman

“To Be Free, A Citizen and a Voter: African American Agency In Civil War America”

 

In recognition of Juneteenth and the 150-year anniversary of the 15th amendment, join us via ZOOM Webinar for a presentation by Christy Coleman, Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, VA titled “To Be Free, A Citizen and a Voter: African American Agency In Civil War America.” Ms. Coleman will offer her presentation at 10am and again at 6pm. Each presentation will include audience Q&A.

Christy Coleman grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hampton University. In 2008, Ms. Coleman was named President and CEO of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar (ACWC). In 2013, she helped orchestrate the merger of ACWC with the Museum of the Confederacy to create the American Civil War Museum where she served as CEO until January 2020. A tireless advocate for the power of museums, narrative correction and inclusion, she’s an innovator and leader in the history museum field. Christy strives to make museum experiences and shared history meaningful to diverse communities. She’s written numerous articles, is an accomplished screenwriter, public speaker and has appeared on several national programs.

 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

 


 

JULY

 

 

Friday July 3, 2020, 1-2 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.
The Mitchell Center for African American Heritage 4th of July Open Mic Night with Christian Wills

FREE

 

Join us on Facebook Live as we welcome Christian Wills as our host for Open Mic! In recognition of the Fourth of July, this open mic will feature a line-up of local artists who will explore the question “What does the Fourth of July mean to you?”. The afternoon open mic will feature artists describing what the holiday has meant historically. The evening open mic will feature artists describing what the holiday means to them in the present.

 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 6 p.m.
History is Happening Now!
FREE

 
Registration via ZOOM Webinar is required

Click here to register.

Have you heard about DHS’ COVID Chronicles Delaware?
CCDE is the rapid response collecting of Delawareans’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Wonder why collecting during the pandemic matters?
Join DHS Head Curator Leigh Rifenburg and University of Delaware professor Dael Norwood to learn more about the COVID Chronicles Delaware project and how future historians and researchers can utilize a collection like CCDE in their research, teaching, and helping people make connections to the past.

COVID Chronicles Delaware asks Delawareans to reflect on their experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic and capture them through writing, art, image, or song. Submissions to CCDE will become part of the permanent DHS digital collection to serve individually and collectively as primary sources for future generations.

Leigh Rifenburg has served as Chief Curator for the Delaware Historical Society since 2017 and has a background in academic librarianship and archival collections care and management, with a special interest in nineteenth-century photography and paper ephemera. Prior to joining the staff at DHS, she spent nine years at the University of Delaware Library. She holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and currently teaches a course in managing and curating paper archives for the Museum Studies Department at the University of Delaware.

Dael A. Norwood is a historian of nineteenth-century America specializing on the global dimensions of U.S. politics and economics. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University in 2012 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware.

Before coming to Newark, Norwood served as the Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellows at the New-York Historical Society and the New School, the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the History Department at Yale University, and as an assistant professor of history at Binghamton University.

 

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 6 p.m.
A Woman’s Work is Never Done: Righting the Wrongs of Our Political Past and Present

FREE

 

Registration via ZOOM Webinar is required.

Click here to register.

 

In 2019 the Delaware General Assembly approved the Equal Rights Amendment, but a woman’s work is never done. The Delaware Historical Society and Lewes Public Library host a discussion on the continued fight for women’s rights, led by a diverse panel of politically active and socially conscious women. Bring your questions, audience participation is encouraged!

 

Moderated by:

Dr. Emerald Christopher-Byrd, Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Studies, University of Delaware

 

Panelists include:

Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, J.D./M.A.C.T.

Principal, Delaware Transformative Justice,

Co-Chair, Delaware Hispanic Commission,

Executive Director, Latino Initiative on Restorative Justice

 

Shané Darby

Founder Black Mothers in Power

 

Morgan Keller

Communications Manager, ACLU Delaware

 

Rep. Valerie Longhurst

House Majority Leader, Delaware General Assembly

 

Pamela Malsch

Co-Chair, Women’s March Sussex-Delaware

 

Marlene A. Saunders, DSW, LMSW

Women's March Sussex-DE & Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice

 

Tara Sheldon, MSW

At-Large Director, CAMP Rehoboth

 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 


 

AUGUST

 

 

Monday, August 10, 2020, 6 p.m.
The Woman’s Suffrage Movement: Below the Color-line

FREE

 

Registration via ZOOM Webinar is required.

Click here to register.

 

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920 allowing women the right to vote. It was a long journey. The struggle for women’s suffrage almost pre-dates the founding of the country, creating many heroes who sacrificed their time, money and social status to win that right.

But this was the Jim Crow era in the United States. Schools were segregated, restaurants did not serve African Americans and justice though lynching was still a common practice. Disregarding these obstacles, many courageous African American women fought to assure that they received the same rights as white women.

Sometimes we forget what struggles had to be overcome in order to arrive at the United States that we have today. It is worth a trip back in history to say thank you to the leaders of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, both white and Black.

Syl Woolford is a native Delawarean who currently resides in Newark, Delaware. A graduate of William Penn High School, Mr. Woolford earned a BS Degree in Business Administration /Accounting from Delaware State University and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University. In 2008, Mr. Woolford began researching his family history and expanded that research into a total revisiting of African American history. He has been lecturing on African American history since 2010 when he began lecturing on “African-American Soldiers in the Civil War.”

Mr. Woolford serves on several historical preservation boards. Including: the Delaware Heritage Commission. Historical and Cultural Affairs Collections Committee, Delaware Preservation Fund, and was a founding member of the Delaware Chapter of the Afro-American Genealogical Society.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6 p.m.
New Directions in African American History

FREE

 

Registration via ZOOM Webinar is required.

Click here to register.

 

Jesse Erickson, PhD
“Alice Dunbar-Nelson: Explorations of a Reading Life”

 

Join us via ZOOM as Jesse Erickson shares his research on the life and writings of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a lifelong activist, educator, organizer, and orator. This talk is pre-recorded and will be followed by a Q&A.

 

Jesse Erickson received his PhD in Information Science from UCLA. He is currently the Coordinator of Special Collections and Digital Humanities and Assistant Professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center at the University of Delaware.

 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

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