Calendar of Events


 January 2020 - April 2020



Friday, January 3, 2020, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Art Loop Wilmington
Delaware History Museum
Explore entertainment and restaurants throughout Wilmington. For more information, go to
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Reinterpreting Victorian Parlor Music from the Paul Preston Davis Collection
Delaware History Museum
FREE PARKING available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, popular tunes from pianos, player pianos, and phonographs floated through parlor windows throughout Wilmington. Join the Delaware Historical Society for a unique musical program as we reinterpret Victorian parlor music for the 21st century.
Collected over four decades, the Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana includes ephemera, photography, African Americana, rare print materials, and commemorative objects.
Featuring Melomanie, Vince Comegys-Davis & the Nils Mossblad Jazz Trio
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Voting Rights: How Far We've Come and How Far We Have To Go
Wilmington Public Library
10 E 10th St, Wilmington, DE 19801 
Reservations Required - Event is FULL
Voting is the foundation of our great democracy—but can our democracy function at its greatest when millions of Americans still don’t have access to the ballot?
The Delaware Historical Society invites you to a presentation from the ACLU of Delaware on voting rights in America: how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Morgan Keller, ACLU-DE’s Communications Manager, will walk you through a brief history of the challenges and triumphs voting rights have seen since our democracy was founded, then lead a discussion about the current state of voting rights. We’ll talk about the groups of people who are most often ineligible to vote, the impact those missing votes have on our government, and what we can do to help ensure every Delawarean, and every American, can fully participate in our democratic process.
Morgan Keller, Communications Manager, ACLU of Delaware
Morgan brings a strong background in graphic design, marketing, outreach, and advocacy to the ACLU of Delaware. Like countless others after the 2016 election, Morgan felt compelled to use her skills to get involved in political activism. She became a founding board member of Action Together Northeastern Pennsylvania and helped the organization grow from just a private Facebook group to a formidable 501(c)4, covering the entire Northeast Region of PA. Morgan’s professional background also includes work in the victims’ services and media publication fields, and outside of the ACLU-DE she runs two small business.
New Light Theatre Presents Othello
Wednesday, January 29-Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 2, 2020, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Delaware History Museum
Copeland Room
504 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE
FREE PARKING available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley Streets.
New Light Theatre presents William Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Allen Radway.

New Light Theatre's production of Othello partners with the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a local nonprofit working to stop domestic violence, promote equality in relationships, and alter the social conditions that allow violence and abuse to occur.

Recently victorious in both love and war, General Othello discovers that the same people who have lauded his career might not approve of his marriage to a white senator’s daughter. Believing he can win over the heart of his adopted homeland through dutiful service and the true love of his wife Desdemona, they depart for the escalating conflict in Cyprus. Unfortunately, this is just the opportunity the slighted Iago needs to destroy them all.

Shakespeare’s sweeping tragedy of passion and poison finds new light in this minimal, fast-paced production as one of the Bard's greatest romances crosses paths with one of his greatest villains.


Monday February 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
New Directions in African American History
Wesley College
Bennett Chapel, 3 N. Bradford St., Dover, DE 19904
Parking is available in the lot behind Bennett Chapel (Parking Lot B). See the campus map to find lot B.
Shantee Rosado, PhD
“‘Vote for Daddy Bernie’: Cardi B and Black Latinas’ Voice in U.S. Politics”
In this talk, Shantee Rosado will examine Cardi B’s engagement with politics and how it has been received by the general public, political pundits, and politicians. Analyzing these instances using Black feminist theorizing, she argues that Cardi’s engagement with politics, and the backlash she has received following these moments, highlight the stereotyping and devaluation of Black women’s, and more specifically, Black Latinas’ voices in the U.S. political sphere.
Shantee Rosado is the U.S. Afro-Latinidades Post-doctoral Fellow in Latina/o Studies at Williams College. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Macalester College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current book project, “Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and the Emotional Politics of Race and Blackness in the U.S.,” examines how collective emotions shape the racial and political ideologies of second-generation Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in Central Florida.
Given the nature of the content, this presentation may include use of profane language.
About Wesley College:
Founded in 1873 as a preparatory school, Wesley College has a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church. The College offers 30 bachelors, four associates, and master’s degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, education, business administration and environmental science in a multi-denominational, multi-cultural campus setting.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Paul Preston Davis: Watch This!
Delaware History Museum
Copeland Room
504 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE
FREE PARKING available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley Streets.
Sam Cannon, Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Veteran Watchmaker’s Initiative, will lead a discussion on the history of horology and watchmaking in Wilmington, DE. After Sam’s talk, enjoy an opportunity to make your own watch.
VWI is an organization set up to provide training, support and referral services to the wounded veterans returning from the wars and return their dignity of purpose in a time-honored craft. For more information about the VWI, please visit
More information coming soon!
Tuesday March 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
The Mitchell Center for African American Heritage Harriet Tubman Day 2020 Event
Harriet Tubman: Living History Experience

Old State House Museum
25 The Green, Dover, Delaware, 6:00 p.m.


Free but limited street parking is available in front of and around the State House. The first floor of the State House is wheelchair accessible.
In celebration of Harriet Tubman Day, join us as Harriet Tubman, also known as “Moses” by the hundreds of enslaved Africans she helped and the thousands of other she inspired, shares her story of becoming the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad.

Registration is required. Not recommended for children under 9 years old. Recording of this performance is prohibited.
About the Old State House Museum:
Built in 1791, the Old State House served as Delaware’s capitol during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. With additions and modifications, the building continued to serve as the state capitol until 1933.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Women, Politics, & Activism in Delaware: A Discussion
Lewes Public Library, 111, Adams Ave., Lewes, Delaware, 19958

Registration Required
More information coming soon.
Tuesday April 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
New Directions in African American History
Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
Copeland Room
504 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE

FREE PARKING available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th & Shipley Streets.
Jesse Erickson, PhD
“Alice Dunbar-Nelson: Explorations of a Reading Life”
Join us as Jesse Erickson shares his research on the life and writings of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a lifelong activist, educator, organizer, and orator.
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.

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