The five museums of the state of Delaware will sponsor 14 special events during March. All programs are free and open to the public.
Administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the five museums — the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum — tell the story of the First State’s contributions to the history and culture of the United States.
— 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4: “A Woman’s World: Journal Making,” John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 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. 739-3277.
— 1 p.m. March 4: “The Influence of the Shadd Family,” The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Presentation by historic-site interpreters Latecia Prophet and Gavin Malone explores one of Delaware’s 19th century families who led extraordinary lives of privilege despite obstacles of race and gender in their time. Free, registration required. 744-5054.
— 3 p.m. March 4: “From Prima Donnas to Divas: A Victor Creation,” Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Examines the talented female vocalists of the Victor Talking Machine Co. and how they paved the way for the divas of today, accompanied by 78-revolutions per minute recordings of those artists played on authentic Victor talking machines. 739-3262.
— March 6 to 12: “Stories of Courage and Freedom,” The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Part of the “Find Your Freedom” series held in celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day. The program will feature stories of bravery, courage and freedom, and visitors can obtain The Old State House Network to Freedom cancellation stamp. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 6 to 11, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 12. 744-5054.
— 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 7 to 11: “Run for Freedom,” John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Part of the “Find Your Freedom” series held in celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day. Program will feature African-American history tours focused on the lives of three enslaved individuals who escaped from bondage. 739-3277.
— 7:30 p.m. March 10: Concert by Mike Nielsen on Celtic harp and bouzouki, The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. 744-5054.
— 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 11 and 2 p.m. March 12: “Thomas Garrett and his Role in the History of Delaware Slavery,” New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St. Part of the “Find Your Freedom” series held in celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day. Program will explore Delaware’s history of slavery, the abolition movement and the activities of noted abolitionist Thomas Garrett. Free, registration required. 323-4453.
— 1 to 3 p.m. March 11: Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. The program will explore spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. 739-3277.
— 1 p.m. March 11: “Listen Up! African-American and Women’s History,” The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Local youth working with noted Delaware spoken-word artists perform their own spoken-word compositions that bring to light the history of Delaware’s African-Americans and women with tributes to Underground Railroad conductors Samuel D. Burris and Harriet Tubman. Part of the “Listen Up!” series that features young people who utilize poetry, theater, dance and song to create compositions that celebrate different aspects of Delaware history. 744-5054.
— 2 p.m. March 11: “Patriots and Loyalists: Life in Lewes — A Town Torn During the Revolution,” Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Lecture by historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter. Final segment of “Ship to Shore Saturdays,” a four-part series that chronicles local Lewes history. On the museum’s second floor. Free, registration required by March 10. 645-1148.
— 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18: “A Woman’s World: Watercolors,” John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Guests can experience the art of water coloring, view family drawings and paint their own watercolor. 739-3277.
— 3 p.m. March 18: “The Minstrel Boy: The Life of John McCormack,” Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, program by museum interpreter Gavin Malone explores the life of the noted Irish tenor John McCormack, accompanied by 78-revolutions per minute recordings played on authentic Victor talking machines. Held in the second floor gallery. Free, registration required. 739-3262.
— 1 to 4 p.m. March 27: John Dickinson Plantation Service Project — Log’d Dwelling Clean Up, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Join staff and volunteers in revitalizing an example of the type of structure that would have been lived in by the plantation’s tenants and enslaved people. Volunteers will help move and clean furniture using some of the same cleaning products from the 18th century. Registration is recommended, contact 736-7411 or HCA_VolunteerSvcs@state.de.us.
For information on these programs or any of the Delaware State Museums, visit history.delaware.gov/museums/index.shtml.