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Please Note: The Delaware History Museum and Mitchell Center for African American Heritage are open by appointment only. Please email snesheim@dehistory.org to book your visit in advance.

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Miss Nagano: The Japanese Friendship Doll

May 5, 2022 – Watch the latest episode of Speaking of Delaware…!

Meet Miss Nagano, the exquisitely crafted Japanese friendship doll with eyes of glass and skin of oyster shells. Dolls are an essential part of Japanese culture an ancient craft that dates back thousands of years. The Friendship Doll project was initiated in 1927 as an effort to improve relations between America and Japan. Nine dolls visited Delaware in 1928 for a three-day stop at the Wilmington Public Library. Delaware Historical Society acquired Miss Nagano in 1928 from Emalea Pusey Warner (1853-1948), a prominent social reformer and leader in the Women’s Movement in Delaware.

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.

First Edition of Delaware Historical Society’s Newsletter, DHS Insider, Now Available!

March 8, 2022 – Check out the first edition of our newsletter, DHS Insider!

Read the first edition of DHS Insider, where you’ll get an inside look at some 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.

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The Delaware Historical Society is one of the largest providers of student programs in the First State, and the home of National History Day in Delaware. Your support helps us to preserve and present priceless collections and allows us to keep telling all the ever-expanding stories of Delaware’s past and present. Today is already history!

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Our Collections

The Delaware Historical Society holds the nation’s largest privately held collection of material relating to Delaware history with approximately 3 million items in its library and museum collections.

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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 […]

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Please Note: The Delaware History Museum and Mitchell Center for African American Heritage are open by appointment only. Please email snesheim@dehistory.org to book your visit in advance.