Biggs Kids celebrate the museum's "Fusion" exhibit by making maracas, while adults may enjoy touring Woodburn or visiting the Archives for a talk about John Dickinson's efforts in developing a militia manual for Delaware.


    October’s First Saturday is going to be an open house of sorts. Delaware’s First Lady Carla Markell will greet visitors who have come to tour Woodburn, the official residence of the governor, and Hall House. Guests also may wander through the Woodburn Arboretum, where Delaware governors have planted trees for decades.

First Saturday programs include
• Guided Tours of Legislative Hall-Delaware’s Capitol 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Legislative Hall has been the seat of Delaware’s General Assembly, the supreme lawmaking body in the state, since 1933. Visitors will tour the House and Senate chambers and learn about the legislature and Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.

• “Shipbuilding in the First State” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Delaware Visitor Center and Galleries. This exhibit highlights the types of ships built, method of construction, individuals who made a livelihood from building ships, and towns affiliated with ship production.??

• Guided tours of the Old State House 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on The Green. Tours and exhibits.??

• “Fusion: American Classics Meet Latin American Art” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Biggs Museum of American Art. In a partnership with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs, the museum is exhibiting the works of contemporary Hispanic artists living or working in Delaware.

• Tours of the Governor’s House at Woodburn 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy guided tours of Woodburn, the official residence of Delaware’s governor since 1965; Hall House, the governor’s guest house; and the Woodburn Arboretum.

• “Most Proper for Militia” — A Delaware Revolutionary War Drill Manual 10:30 a.m. at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York St. After the siege at Yorktown, the outcome of the Revolutionary War was far from certain. Charles Fithian will discuss John Dickinson’s efforts in developing a militia manual for the state. Copies of the manual and reproductions of military equipment will be on display.

• “Sweet Sounds of Nature” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Johnson Victrola Museum at Museum Square. Visitors can surround themselves with nature through the vocal talents of Vaudeville and bird song performer Charles Kellogg, explored through vintage recordings. Guess which recordings are from actual birds and which were recorded in the early 1900s by Kellogg’s voice.

• Dover Green National Register Historic District walking tour 2 p.m. Meet at the First State Heritage Park Visitor Center, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York St. For 300 years The Green has been the center of commerce, politics and civic life in Dover. Guided walks reveal the people and events that left their mark on Dover’s history.

• Biggs Kids — Maracas 2 to 3 p.m. at the Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St. Children ages 5 to 10 will celebrate Hispanic heritage and the “Fusion” exhibition by creating the popular percussion instrument. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 674-2111.

    Most venues are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Admission to all sites and activities is free. Centrally located, free parking is available at the
Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York St.

    For more information, call 739-9194 or visit www.destateparks.com/heritagepark