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!

 

FEBRUARY

 

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

 

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
 
 

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 

 


 

 

MARCH

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 10-11 a.m.
Oral History Workshop for Students and Teachers Grades 7-12
What Does Democracy Mean to You? What Does it Mean to be an Informed Citizen?
FREE
 

 

Students will learn how to:

  • Design oral history interview questions
  • Conduct virtual interviews
  • Properly document and preserve their recordings

 

Students will be offered the opportunity to utilize skills learned in the workshop through scheduled interviews with local journalists. Students may submit their interviews to Delaware Humanities for a chance to be featured on their podcast, A Matter of Facts.

Organized and hosted by Delaware Humanities, Delaware Historical Society, and University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press.

This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative. We thank the Andrew W. Mello Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6-8 p.m.
New Directions in African American History
FREE
 
 

Join us in discussion with Kelli Coles and Mali Collins as we use the Delaware Historical Societies’ Mosley Doll Collection to explore the field of Black Girlhood Studies and the erasure of Black girls and women from the archives. They will discuss how the experience of Black girls and mothers have been shared historically and how new scholarship and publications are providing a deeper understanding of this history.

Mali Collins is an NEH NextGeneration Fellow in the African American Public Humanities, and a Ph.D. candidate in English Studies at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation offers a Black feminist critique of archival theory in its examination of contemporary Black women's literary and visual art documenting mother-child separation as a result of state-sanctioned violence. Her dissertation project has won the Ida B. Wells Award from the Coordinating Council for Women in History, and its third chapter won an essay award from the NWSA (National Women's Studies Association). Her public humanities practice includes providing doula services to Black families in the DMV area.

Kelli Coles is a PhD candidate in the History Department at University of Delaware. She is a African American Public Humanities Initiative Fellow and Colored Conventions Project scholar and co-chair of the Website and Digital Exhibits Committee. By looking at everyday objects and domestic spaces, Kelli explores what more we can learn about the lived experiences and influences of Black Americans during the 1700 and 1800s as they fought to be acknowledged as American citizens worthy of equal rights. Her dissertation excavates the presence and creativity of  Black American girls who were creating needlework in early America to better understand how Black communities maneuvered in their transitions from enslavement to freedom. Kelli finds joy in practicing yoga and is planning to teach herself how to embroider in the coming months.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


 

 

 

 

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