DHS Statement on Violence in Our Communities

May 25, 2022

The Delaware Historical Society stands in solidarity with communities, families and individuals targeted by senseless acts of violence and hatred. We send a message of love, prayer, sympathy, and support.

These acts of terror affect all of us; DHS is dedicated to contributing to the long-term, ongoing, and collective healing process that will allow us to move forward as a nation.

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Virtual Screening: Frederick Douglass Speaks at Old Town Hall

June 23, 2022 – Video premiering on Delaware Historical Society’s YouTube and social media pages on Saturday, July 2

Virtual Screening: Frederick Douglass Speaks at Old Town Hall – To commemorate and reflect upon the July 4th holiday, the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage invites you to experience a masterful delivery of one of Frederick Douglass’s most powerful and well-known speeches, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by actor Carlo Campbell.

Tymen Stidham: The First Doctor of New Sweden

June 2, 2022 – Watch the latest episode of Speaking of Delaware…!

What happens when you boil rosemary with white wine? A simple sprig makes for fantastic flavor in the kitchen, but in the 17th century, boiling those ingredients produced a potion for removing face blemishes. People have been using herbs to cure what ails them for thousands of years. During the 17th century, Dr. Tymen Stidham, Delaware’s first physician, consulted such recipes from a book of herbal medicine remedies and cures for various ailments. Join us on another adventure into our collections to learn about Dr. Stidham and Richard Banckes’s unillustrated Herball (1525).

Delaware Historical Society Debuts Public Digital Collections

March 15, 2022 – Delaware Historical Society (DHS) announces the launch of their new digital collections platform. The nonprofit has begun digitizing collections to enhance access to DHS resources for local, regional, and national audiences…

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Read House & Gardens Tours

March 11, 2022

Read House & Gardens welcomes visitors inside the house by guided tour Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Tours begin on the hour. The last tour begins at 3 pm. Advanced reservations are required for groups with 8 or more persons.


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Latest Past Events

The Mitchell Center Celebrates Juneteenth!

Tubman-Garrett Park Rosa Parks Dr, Wilmington

  The Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage invites you to join us at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival presented by the Delaware Juneteenth Association on Monday, June […]

The Rocks and the Underground Railroad

Delaware History Museum and Mitchell Center for African American Heritage 504 N Market Street, Wilmington

The Rocks and the Underground Railroad or What I Did in Pandemic Isolation – A Research Odyssey. 2022 marks the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth. Join us as we celebrate […]