Calendar of Events

 

 JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2021

 

 

The Delaware Historical Society's Response to COVID-19

To limit the spread of coronavirus, Delaware Historical Society sites are temporarily closed. Enjoy our virtual programs, which can be found on the calendar. The Read House & Gardens is open limited hours for walking tours and the gardens are open Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon!

 


 

Missed a program? Check out Past Events for recordings of our virtual events!

 

JANUARY

 

 

Friday, January 15, 2021, 10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
Mitchell Center MLK Day Spoken Word Event
FREE
 
Registration via Zoom Webinar is required.
                Register for 10-11 a.m.
                Register for 6-7 p.m.
 
 
Join the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware Historical Society for an engaging spoken word event with Nana Ohemaa Asante as we explore how MLK’s legacy and words asks us to consider the significance of our environment.  In honor of MLK’s views on environmental justice, the morning program will connect to the importance of daylight while the evening program will center on the nighttime.  Participation by attendees will be encouraged.
 
A Ghanaian immigrant, Nana Ohemaa Asante (she/her) is a senior Honors student at the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in English and double minoring in Medical Diagnostics and Biology. A self-proclaimed storyteller, Nana Ohemaa believes that stories bridge the gap between knowledge and works towards creating communities and environments where people feel comfortable to share their tales and learn from each other. 

 

Friday, January 29, 2021, 6-8 p.m.
New Directions in African American History
FREE

 

Join us at 6pm for a lively interview with Dr. Carolyn Finney by Dr. Stephanie M. Lampkin, Director, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, as we discuss the historical and present relationship between African Americans and nature, outdoor recreation, and environmental rights. Registrants are invited to submit their questions in advance.

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press). Recent publications include “The Space Between the Words” (Harvard Design Journal Spring 2018), “A Thousand Oceans” (Geographical Research, Wiley Pub., Fall 2019) “This Moment” (River Rail: Occupy Colby Fall 2019), Self-Evident: Reflections on the Invisibility of Black Bodies in Environmental Histories (BESIDE Magazine, Montreal Spring 2020), and The Perils of Being Black in Public: We are all Christian Cooper and George Floyd (The Guardian, June 3rd 2020).

 


 

 

FEBRUARY

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4-5 p.m.
Learn about the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
FREE

 

Please join Kobe Baker, Outreach Coordinator for the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, for an overview of the Journey to Freedom exhibition and current initiatives of the Mitchell Center.

Kobe Baker is the Outreach Coordinator for the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware Historical Society. He graduated from the University of Delaware, where he majored in both Africana Studies and Anthropology. He is committed to bringing the Mitchell Center to all three of Delaware’s counties.

 

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 1-2 p.m.
MCAAH Black History Month Virtual Dance Workshop I
 
 

Join the Mitchell Center at the Delaware Historical Society andPieces of a Dream, Inc. for a one-hour workshop that connects art and dance.  Using select prints from the Delaware Historical Society collections by local artist Gertrude Howland Balch (1909-1964), attendees will connect candid close-ups of Wilmington’s neighborhoods and scenes from Wilmington’s Eastside to movement before being divided into groups to discuss how the art and movement help them connect to their current neighborhood.

This a Session #1 of a two-part series.  Participation in both sessions is not required.

Ashley is the Executive & Artistic Director of Pieces of a Dream, Inc., a Wilmington-based dance company whose choreographic focus explores socially meaningful and culturally relevant topics, such as domestic violence, homelessness, and the 1968 National Guard occupation of Wilmington.  Ashley also heads the Pieces of a Dream Academy of Dance, the company’s training arm, that provides instruction to students ages two through adult.  In addition to her work with Pieces of a Dream, Inc., Ashley also serves as the Artistic Director for Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. A Wilmington native, she earned her B.A. in philosophy at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she was active in the arts community on campus.

FacebookAshley SK Davis (Ashley Sullivan-Kirksey) @PiecesofaDreamDance
Instagram @JustASK_D  @PiecesofaDreamDance
Twitter @PiecesofaDream 

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 1-2 p.m.
MCAAH Black History Month Virtual Dance Workshop II FREE
 
 

Join the Mitchell Center at the Delaware Historical Society and Pieces of a Dream, Inc. for a one-hour workshop that connects art and dance.  Using select prints from the Delaware Historical Society collections by local artist, Gertrude Howland Balch (1909-1964), attendees will connect candid close-ups of Wilmington’s neighborhoods and scenes from Wilmington’s Eastside to movement before being divided into groups to discuss how the art and movement help them connect to the neighborhoods of their childhood.

This a Session #2 of a two-part series.  Participation in both sessions is not required.

Ashley is the Executive & Artistic Director of Pieces of a Dream, Inc., a Wilmington-based dance company whose choreographic focus explores socially meaningful and culturally relevant topics, such as domestic violence, homelessness, and the 1968 National Guard occupation of Wilmington.  A Wilmington native, she earned her B.A. in philosophy at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she was active in the arts community on campus.

FacebookAshley SK Davis (Ashley Sullivan-Kirksey) @PiecesofaDreamDance
Instagram @JustASK_D  @PiecesofaDreamDance
Twitter @PiecesofaDream 

 

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