The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor 21 special programs at sites across the state during September.

Note that Delaware museums will be open Sept. 3, Labor Day.

Except where noted, programs are free and open to the public.

— “The First People of the First State — A Lenapé Celebration of Heritage”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. The eighth annual celebration will feature the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware as they honor mother earth and Native-American culture with dancing and demonstrations. Grand entry at noon. First Saturday in the First State program. Museum open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 744-5054.

— “The First People of the First State — American Indian Melodies and the Victor Talking Machine Company”: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 1 and 3, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Site interpreter Valerie Kauffman and American Indian flutist Boe Harris explore early 20th-century Victor Talking Machine Co. recordings of compositions based on, or inspired by, Native American music, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. In addition, Harris will perform Indian melodies and audience members will be provided with traditional instruments to play along in an impromptu “Indian melodies jam session.” Museum open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 739-3262.

— “The First People of the First State — The Long Road to Recognition: New Avenues”: 1 p.m. Sept. 3, The Old State House. Elected Chief Dennis Coker will discuss the process that led to the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware’s official status as a state-recognized Indian community and what that means for Delaware’s citizens today. Museum open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 744-5054.

— “Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak”: 9 a.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Special tour explores the history, artifacts and surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck. Limited seating. Admission is $10, cash or check only. To reserve: hca_zmevents@state.de.us, 645-1148.

— “The First People of the First State — Archaeology in Delaware and the First People”: 1 p.m. Sept. 8, The Old State House. Program by John P. McCarthy, cultural preservation specialist for Delaware State Parks, provides information on archaeological sites in Delaware that have revealed stunning information about the lives of Delaware’s first people. Museum open 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 744-5054.

— Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild: 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. Museum open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 739-3277.

— “20th Annual Chautauqua Tent Show — All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”: 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Zwaanendael Museum. Activities culminate at 7:15 p.m. when Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theatre portrays Mark Twain. For more, call 645-1148.

— “20th annual Chautauqua Tent Show — All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”: 1 to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 14, Zwaanendael Museum. Lectures will be on Amtrak and the B&O Railroad. For more, call 645-1148.

— “20th annual Chautauqua Tent Show — All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Ave. Activities culminate at 7:15 p.m. when Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre portrays a Harvey Girl. For more, call 645-7670.

— “20th annual Chautauqua Tent Show — All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad”: 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Lewes History Museum. Activities culminate at 7:15 p.m. when Neill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre portrays Joshua Lionel Cowen, the founder of the Lionel Corp. which manufactured toy trains. For more, call 645-7670.

— “The First People of the First State — Deciphering American Indian DNA”: 1 p.m. Sept. 15, The Old State House. The program will explore the implications of DNA testing from a Native American perspective. Museum open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 744-5054.

— “Bombs, Blitz and Rations: Living in War Torn London During WWII”: 7 p.m. Sept. 19, New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Presentation features personal memories of World War II by New Castle resident Jean Norvell who grew up in war-torn London. For more, call 323-4453.

— “The First People of the First State — Native American Arts”: 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza. Join the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware as they demonstrate drumming and dancing and share the art of bead working. Partnership between the Dover Public Library and the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. For more, call 736-7030.

— “The First People of the First State — American Indian Women Today”: 1 p.m. Sept. 22, The Old State House. American Indian women, including author Kay Oxendine of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, will speak about traditional roles and how those roles have become pertinent in today’s #MeToo society. Museum open 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 744-5054.

— National Estuaries Day Campfire Program: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22, John Dickinson Plantation. Presented in partnership with the St. Jones Reserve. Admission is free, but reservations required by calling the St. Jones Reserve at 739-6377.

— “The First People of the First State — Bloomsbury and the Survival of the Lenapé People”: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, Dover Public Library. Archeologist and ethnographer Cara Blume examines the significance of the Bloomsbury archaeological site which gave proof of identity and the continued existence of the Lenapé people in Delaware. For more, call 736-7030.

— “The First People of the First State — Growing Up Lenapé in Delaware: Lenapé Women Speak”: 1 p.m. Sept. 29, The Old State House. Tribal citizens speak about their experiences with American Indian identity before and after desegregation. Museum open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, call 744-5054.

For more, visit history.delaware.gov.