This is a banner year for the Middletown Historical Society, and we take great pride in welcoming you to the 20th annual Peach Festival. It is through this late summer festival that the Society derives virtually all funds needed to operate the free programs, exhibits, library and research facilities enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of Middletown area residents.
This year the Society, which has received so much support from the community and sponsors over the years, would like to single out two nonprofit Middletown organizations that are worthy of your support. Please read the "Giving Back" article in this year's Peach Festival Guide, published by the Middletown Transcript, and please give generously to support the Our Daily Bread Dining Room and the Middletown High School Band in their goals.
We would like to pay tribute to the organizers of the very first festival, held Aug. 27, 1994. Several local shop owners and members of the Society collaborated to present a very robust event that established many of the features that continue to today, including the parade, annual T-shirt, non-profit food vendors, peaches, games, pie judging contest, music, and historical programs. You can read the "Reminiscences" by Nancy Kemble, Toni Meadowcroft and Jean Elliot here. Also instrumental in the effort was Jean Birch, whose legendary love and vision of her town resulted in securing the foundation of both the Middletown Historical Society and the Middletown Odessa Townsend Senior Center.
Stop at our Middletown Historical Information Booth on Cochran Square where we always sell fresh Delaware peaches, and festival T-shirts. This year we are offering a limited number of beautiful 20th anniversary embroidered dark blue polo shirt to mark the occasion.
Visit the museum! Some of our current initiatives include:
- Our new exhibit "Downtown Abbey", inspired by the PBS show (with a similar name), gives a glimpse of Middletown life and fashion from a century ago.
- We are collaborating with Shauna McVey, former editor of the Middletown Transcript in writing, researching, and finding photographs for a book on Middletown in the Images of America series of books, to be published by Arcadia Publishing.
- Two graduate students in the MA in History program at the University of Delaware are working as summer interns at the museum in the Museum Studies certificate program, concentrating on acquisitioning the Berkman and Motter collections held by the society.
- We are collaborating with the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to produce a major exhibit "Middletown goes to War," to open spring, 2014.
- Our museum is open Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, and third Wednesdays noon to 4 p.m.
- Monthly historical presentations, third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (September-June)
- Visit our sites at MiddletownPeachFestival.com and Facebook; or, contact us at (302) 378-7466, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page 2 of 2 - Enjoy the festival! Please read the "Thanks" and "Sponsors" pages, remember who they are and thank them for bringing you and our town Delaware's best summer festival!
President, Middletown Historical Society