Papers Worthy of Patronage: Black Feminist Research Methods and the Digital Humanities with Dr. Kristin Moriah

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kristin Moriah for discussion about her work on Mary Ann Shadd Cary, “Papers Worthy of Patronage: Black Feminist Research Methods and the Digital Humanities.”

Mary Ann Shadd Cary was a trailblazing Black feminist, activist, journalist, and educator whose achievements can be traced from Delaware, Washington, DC, and across Canada. Dr. Moriah will discuss her work on the first-ever edited collection on pioneering thinker Mary Ann Shadd Cary that centers innovative scholarly work from a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives. 


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As we approach the 200th anniversary of Shadd Cary’s birth in 2023, this collection will shine a new light on the importance of her work and the creative and scholarly work she has inspired. 

Also, get a sneak peek overview of the classroom-friendly exhibit “Becoming Mary Ann Shadd Cary: A Life in the Pursuit of Justice” by Kelli Barnes, University of Delaware PhD candidate, and Dr. Arline Wilson. University of Delaware Special Collections Librarian and Digital Humanities and Africana Scholar. This event is presented in partnership with Delaware Humanities, the Colored Conventions Project, and the University of Delaware. 


6 – 7:30 p.m. EST 

Location: Delaware History Museum and Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, 504 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 

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Family and Community Day

The Delaware Historical Society, the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, and our community partners are excited to introduce seasonal family programming Saturdays. Together we will explore Delaware’s most distinctive people, places, and events.

Family & Community Day
Saturday, August 20, 2022, 1- 3 pm Delaware History Museum
504 N. Market St. Wilm., DE 19801

On street parking is free on the weekends in Wilmington!

Pay what you wish event!

In collaboration with the Route 9 Library & Innovation Center and Christina Cultural Arts Center, the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware History Museum invites families to join us as we celebrate the legacies of Peter Spencer and his contemporaries in Delaware’s Black church communities. Enjoy story time, get creative with a teaching artist, and explore August Quarterly through the images and objects in the “Forging Faith” exhibition.


We cannot wait to welcome you back to the Museum!


Virtual Screening: Frederick Douglass Speaks at Old Town Hall

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.

Originally given in 1852, this speech was revised and recited by Douglass numerous times in the years before, during, and after the Civil War. With each rendition, the words took on new meaning for Americans during a period of rapid change and constant upheaval, as the nation struggled to define the freedoms it had pursued during the American Revolutionary War less than a century earlier.

This is not a live event. The recorded video will premiere on July 2nd on the Delaware Historical Society’s YouTube and Facebook page. No registration required.


Video premiering on Delaware Historical Society’s YouTube and social media pages on Saturday, July 2.


The Mitchell Center Celebrates Juneteenth!


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 20, at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park from 12 pm to 6 pm! Visitors at our engagement table will learn about the resources and learning experiences offered at the Mitchell Center and the Delaware Historical Society and participate in arts & crafts activities facilitated by teaching artists from our partners at Christina Cultural Arts Center. Additionally, the Delaware History Museum will be open for walk-in visits on the Monday, June 20, from 12 pm to 5 pm!

Parade kick-off


Rodney Square – 11th and King Streets



Tubman-Garrett Park

Rosa Parks Drive

Wilmington, DE 19801


Food, games, performances, vendors, & more!


Delaware Historical Society Launching a New Video Series, Speaking of Delaware…

February 3, 2022 – Join us on the first Thursday of every month as we discover the human side of history.

Learn about the many voices and fascinating life stories that shaped American history. Let’s talk about the paintings of Ed Loper, Miss Nagano, the Japanese Friendship Doll, Thomas Garrett’s silver tray and teapot, and other untold wonders from our collections.

Speaking of Delaware… is a series of short videos presented by the Delaware Historical Society and produced by Short Order Production House. Videos will premiere the first Thursday of every month at 8:30 on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and our website. Check out for more information about this project and other resources. This series is funded in part by the Longwood Foundation, Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, and by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Delaware Historical Society’s Digital Collections Go Live!

February 1, 2022 – One of our most frequently asked questions is how to view Delaware Historical Society (DHS) collections online. Now you can!

Today, our digital collections go live! Search our new digital asset management system (DAMS) from your favorite device wherever you are with access to the internet. Check out what we have digitized. More will be added each month, so continue to come back for updates!

After more than a year of hard work and some help from our friends in the JP Morgan Chase Force for Good program, we’re thrilled to invite you in to explore amazing images and documents from our digital collections, with more to come. We believe in making our collections accessible and open to anyone who wants to use them. This allows us to connect and share resources with you and visitors around the world.

Visit and explore the rest of to see other resources we have available!