The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor 12 events during November at five Delaware museums.
The Johnson Victrola Museum, The Old State House, the John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and Zwaanendael Museum will be open on Nov. 10, Veterans Day. The museums will be closed Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day.
A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, programs are free and open to the public.
— 18th Century Market Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Programs explore an era when The Green served as the focal point of life in Dover as historical interpreters explore the goods, wares and political attitudes of the 1700s. The Old State House will celebrate the fair with special tours and 18th-century-style demonstrations. 744-5054.
— Johnson Victrola Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration — A Classical Tale: Nov. 4, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours, titled “Some Like Classical,” explore some of Victor Records’ earliest recordings of classical music accompanied by records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Part of a series of programs celebrating the museum’s creation in 1967. 739-3262.
— Concert by Free Range: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, The Old State House. Bluegrass music. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. 744-5054.
— Johnson Victrola Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration — A Soldier’s Tale: Nov. 11, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours, titled “The Victors of World War I: The Power of Music,” examine music’s influence during World War I when patriotic songs were being composed throughout America, accompanied by records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. 739-3262.
— Delaware Band of Brothers — A Salute to Veterans: 1 p.m. Nov. 11, The Old State House. Program examines the interconnected lives, dedication and friendship of four Union officers who served together for four years in the Delaware volunteers during the American Civil War.
— Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild: 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. The program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. Museum open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, 739-3277.
— Bayberry Candle Workshops: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 18, John Dickinson Plantation. Programs examine bayberries and their use in creating bayberry candles. Presented in partnership with the St. Jones Reserve. Must register by Nov. 17 to 739-3277.
— Dutch-American Heritage Day: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Celebrate the anniversary of Nov. 16, 1776, when an American warship sailed into the harbor of the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies and was greeted by a friendly salute, the first given by a foreign power to the flag of the newly-independent U.S. Activities include Dutch crafts, historical information and, at 2 p.m., “An Overview of the Environmental History of the Delmarva Peninsula,” a lecture by historic-site interpreter Alan Roth. Must register for lecture by Nov. 17 to 645-1148.
— Day After Thanksgiving at The Old State House: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24, The Old State House. Guided tours explore one of the country’s oldest capitols in continuous use. 744-5054.
— Johnson Victrola Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours explore the museum and its collections during the golden anniversary of its creation in 1967, accompanied by records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. 739-3262.
— Handmade for the Holidays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25, John Dickinson Plantation. Seasonal program in which visitors can create a sachet with herbs and spices. 739-3277.
— Hospitality Night Victorian Yuletide Celebration: 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Zwaanendael Museum. Holiday-themed program in which the museum will be decorated for the season by the Sussex Gardeners including luminarias lighting the entrance walkway. Activities will include historical interpreters, demonstrations, music and seasonal refreshments. Presented in partnership with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. 645-1148.