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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The Delaware Historical Society has Opened the Search for the Next CEO/Executive Director

November 21, 2022 – The Delaware Historical Society has opened the search for the next CEO/Executive Director.

As the Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’) of the Delaware Historical Society (‘Society’), the CEO is responsible for ensuring the quality programming and for the daily administration of the organization. The CEO is responsible for the overall management of the financial function, building operations, public relations, marketing, and personnel management. The CEO represents the Society and its programs to key stakeholders, media, and other institutions.

The Read Dining Table

November 3, 2022 – Watch the latest episode of Speaking of Delaware…!

How do you record your ancestors’ memories, share their stories, and honor their legacies? After nearly two centuries, a Read family dining table has returned to the Read House & Gardens in New Castle, Delaware. Once two separate tables owned by George Read I, it was transformed and also documented over the years as a piece of family history. To learn more about the Read dining table, plan your visit to the Read House & Gardens!

The Read House & Gardens Announces a Transformative Landscape Partnership

September 1, 2022 – Help us shape the future of the Read House & Gardens landscape!

The George Read II House & Gardens, a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the Delaware Historical Society, has announced a transformative campaign to make its landscape socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable for the next generation. The project will reconcile the gardens’ multi-layered history with Old New Castle’s legacy of beautiful design and the Society’s contemporary mission to “educate, inspire, and empower people and communities.”

Missed the last meeting? You can still offer input and track the progress of the project!

DHS Insider

September 2022

Catch up on the latest news with the September issue of DHS insider! Read about all of the innovative and ambitious goings-on at the Delaware Historical Society (DHS) and meet some of the behind-the-scenes folks who make it all happen. Explore our website for activities, resources, videos, and more! See our calendar for upcoming events! Be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss a thing!


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