The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor 6 special programs at sites across the state during March, 12 of which will be presented in celebration of National Women’s History Month.
Except where noted, programs are free and open to the public.
— “The Road to the Vote”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 3, The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Guided tours highlight the women’s suffrage movement in Delaware, the 19th Amendment and the discussions held in Delaware’s historic capitol regarding its passage. First Saturday in the First State program. For more, 744-5054.
— “The Women of Victor”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 3, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours will focus on the female vocalists of the Victor Talking Machine Co. and how they paved the way for the divas of today, accompanied by early recordings of those artists played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. For more, 739-3262.
— “A Woman’s World: Quill Pen Writing”: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Women on the plantation communicated their thoughts and ideas through letters and journals. Drop-in to try quill pen writing and learn penmanship techniques of the 18th century. For more, 739-3277.
— “Stories of Courage and Freedom”: Daily program 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.March 5-10, The Old State House. The program is part of the “Find Your Freedom” series held in celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day. Program will feature stories of bravery, courage and freedom, and visitors can obtain The Old State House Network to Freedom cancellation stamp. For more, 744-5054.
— Concert by Single Origin: 7:30 p.m. March 9. The concert will be presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. For more, 744-5054.
— “Stories of Slavery and Freedom”: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10, John Dickinson Plantation. In celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day, special history-based tours will explore the lives of free and enslaved African-American women. For more, 739-3277.
— Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild: 1 to 3 p.m. March 10, John Dickinson Plantation. The program will explore spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. For more, 739-3277.
— “London in Wartime: Ration Books, Bomb Shelters and the Blitz”: 7 p.m. March 14, New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. The presentation will feature personal memories of World War II by New Castle resident Jean Norvell, who grew up in war-torn London, remembering air raids, bombing and air-raid shelters. For more, 323-4453.
— “A Woman’s World: Journal Making”: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17, John Dickinson Plantation. Women have been integral in documenting the history of the plantation through letters and journals. Drop in for this activity and create a handmade journal. For more, 739-3277.
— “The Minstrel Boy: The Life of John McCormack”: 1 p.m., second floor gallery, Johnson Victrola Museum. In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, this program by museum interpreter Gavin Malone explores the life of the noted Irish tenor John McCormack, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Free. To RSVP, 739-3262.
— “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat, Parts Two and Three”: 2 p.m. March 24, second floor, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Lecture by historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter on the American whaling industry (1783–1861) followed by its decline and death (1861–1927). Final segment of “Global to Local: International Events and the First State,” a five-part series exploring how world events impacted Delaware’s history. Free. Reservations required by March 23 to 645-1148.
All Delaware museums will be open on Good Friday, March 30.
For more, visit history.delaware.gov/exhibits/calendarofevents.shtml.