Collected over four decades, the Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana includes business ephemera, rare print materials, African Americana, commemorative objects, and sheet music. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, popular tunes from pianos, player pianos, and phonographs floated through parlor windows throughout Wilmington.

In honor of the unveiling of the third portion of the Collecting Wilmington exhibit, on January 14, 2020, the Delaware Historical Society presented Reinterpreting Victorian Parlor Music from the Paul Preston Davis Collection featuring local artists performing sheet music and other parlor music in their own style.
 
You can listen to the remix below of "Our Delaware," the official state song of Delaware, by Vince Comegys-Davis, Executive Director of Street Xpressions Dance & Art Academy, Delaware's premiere center for hip hop dance instruction and the arts.

 

 

"Our Delaware" remixed by Vince Comegys-Davis, Street Xpressions Dance & Art Academy
Originally a poem with three verses representing each of the 3 counties, written by George Beswick Hynson in 1904, "Our Delaware" became the state song in 1925, the musical score composed by Will M. S. Brown.
 

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