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Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194 elaine.brenchley@state.de.us, or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, necia.beck@state.de.us.

August First Saturday Programs at First State Heritage Park

DOVER (July 31, 2012) – On Saturday, August 4, the First State Heritage Park’s monthly First Saturdays in the First State offers a variety of free programs at each of the park’s partner sites. The August programs will have a special focus on the history of Delaware’s African Americans.

The Old State House will feature stories about its role in the Underground Railroad. Tales of Slavery and Freedom walking tours, which leave hourly from the John Bell House on The Green, reveal Delaware’s complicated positions regarding freedom and slavery, and its role as a border state during the Civil War. Visitors will hear how the “Dover Eight” made a daring escape from the Dover Jail, and will hear about famous African-American Richard Allen’s connections to the Golden Fleece Tavern.

Other First Saturday activities include hands-on activities at the John Bell House, tours of The Old State House and Legislative Hall, and the Governor’s residence at Woodburn and Hall House. The genealogy series at the Delaware Public Archives continues with a lecture by Nancy Lyons about church records as a source of family history information. Exhibits are also on display at the Johnson Victrola Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, the Delaware Public Archives and the Biggs Museum of American Art, including its monthly “Biggs Kids” program.

Admission to all park sites and programs is free. Centrally located free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, 121 Duke of York Street. For more information about The First State Heritage Park programs, call 302-739-9194 or visit: destateparks.com/heritagepark. 

“FIRST SATURDAY,” AUGUST 4

10 a.m., Noon and 3 p.m.
We Poor Devils
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
Guided interpretations of the current exhibition, The Civil War: Five Delaware Soldiers’ Stories that explore the experiences of five of the more than 13,000 Delawareans who fought in America’s bloodiest conflict.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tours of the Governor’s House
At Woodburn
Guided tours of Woodburn, the official residence of Delaware’s Governor since 1965, and Hall House, the Governor’s guesthouse.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.)
Tales of Slavery and Freedom
At the John Bell House on The Green

10:30 a.m.
Genealogy Series: Finding and Using Church Records
Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street
Nancy Lyons, a respected genealogist, demonstrates how to conduct family research using baptism, marriage, internment records and more. 

2 – 3 p.m.
Biggs Kids – Paper Bag City
Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Children create their own city using paper bags, paint and colored paper. Ages 5 to 10. Reservations required by calling (302) 674-2111.  

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fibers and Fabrics
John Bell House on The Green
Weaving as they did it in the 18th century. 

Guided Tours of Legislative Hall-Delaware’s Capitol
Visitors tour the House and Senate Chambers to learn about the legislature and Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.  

Stories of the Underground Railroad
The Old State House
Tours of The Old State House reveal Delaware’s connection to the Underground Railroad. 

National Inventor’s Month
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
This program honors Eldridge Reeves Johnson, one of Delaware’s greatest inventors, and important inventors in the history of recorded sound.

The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
121 Duke of York Street
The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs presents two exhibits:
USS Delaware: An American Battleship. The story of the USS Delaware (1909-1924), told through objects, photographs, and ceremonial silver.
The Civil War: Five Delaware Soldiers’ Stories
This exhibit recognizes the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War through the state’s collection of objects, portraits, and documents.

Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Award Winners XII
Individual Artist Fellows of the Delaware Division of the Arts  

Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street
The War of 1812
This exhibit commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with documents and images about the “Second American Revolution.” 

The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777. The park is a partnership of state agencies, under the leadership of Delaware State Parks, working in collaboration with city and county government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.

Vol. 42, No. 289

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7/31/2012
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