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Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194,; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks 302-739-9175,

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Candlelit Historical Theater Event: “Fully, Freely, Entirely”- Becoming the First State

DOVER (Nov. 26, 2012) – December 7, 2012 marks 225 years since Delaware ratified the United States Constitution in 1787 – an act that made Delaware the “First State.”  Delaware’s ratification, which took place in Elizabeth Battell’s tavern on The Green in Dover, may have been unanimous but it was not without controversy and concern. 

The First State Heritage Park revisits this momentous event on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, with a candlelit historical theater event “Fully, Freely, and Entirely” – Becoming the First State at The Old State House on The Green in Dover.

Under the glow of candlelight, the audience will step back in time to December 1787 to meet delegates, protestors, tavern keepers and slaves. Attendees will listen in on their conversations and join in the celebration, as Delaware becomes the “First State.”

Each night, performances will be held at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Ticket-holders will meet at the John Bell House on The Green. Admission is $10. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited to 25 per performance. Those interested in attending should call (302) 739-9194 for reservations. 

The First State Heritage Park 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. 453

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