Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks 302-739-9175, Necia.Beck@state.de.us
December's First Saturday to Feature the Governor’s Holiday Open House
DOVER (Nov. 26, 2012) – The First State Heritage Park ushers in the holiday season with First Saturdays in the First State on Dec. 1. Highlighting the day's activities is a Holiday Open House at Woodburn. Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell will host visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Governor's House, which will be decorated for the holiday season. Tours of Woodburn and of Hall House will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In keeping with the festive atmosphere at Woodburn, the Johnson Victrola Museum will feature seasonal music throughout the day.
Other First Saturday activities include tours of The Old State House and Legislative Hall, and programs at The Old State House and the John Bell House. Exhibits are 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, which also features its monthly “Biggs Kids” program. Walking tours of The Green are offered throughout the day.
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, located at 121 Duke of York Street. For more information about The First State Heritage Park programs, the public may call 302-739-9194 or visit: destateparks.com/heritagepark
FIRST SATURDAY ACTIVITIES ON SATURDAY, DEC. 1
10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
We Poor Devils
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
Through guided interpretation of the exhibit The Civil War: Five Delaware Soldiers’ Stories, visitors will learn about the holiday season and winter among troops during the Civil War.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tours of the Governor’s House
At Woodburn – The Governor’s House
Guided tours of Woodburn, the official residence of Delaware’s Governor since 1965, and Hall House, the Governor’s guest house. Governor Markell and Mrs. Markell will welcome visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Delaware Ratifies the Constitution
The Old State House
Listen to accounts of the ratification of the Constitution from Allen McLane and Gunning Bedford, signers of the Constitution, and learn why Delaware is the First State. The Old State House is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Through a Servant’s Eyes: Ratification of the Constitution
John Bell House on The Green
Costumed re-enactors transport the audience back into the Golden Fleece tavern to witness discussions about the Constitution from a servant’s perspective.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.)
Stories of The Green Walking Tour
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green
For more than 300 years, The Green has been the center of commerce, politics, and civic life in Dover. Guided walks through the historic district reveal the people and events that left their mark on Dover’s history. The John Bell House is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2 – 3 p.m.
Biggs Kids – Blue Photographs
Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Children work with special paper and sunlight to create photographic blueprints. Ages 5 to 10. Reservations required; (302) 674-2111.
Additional December First Saturday Activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
Guided Tours of Legislative Hall-Delaware’s Capitol, 411 Legislative Avenue
Tours the House and Senate Chambers present details about the legislature and Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.
Sounds of the Season, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
Visitors will hear a seasonal blend of music on an original talking machine and reminisce about holidays of the past.
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, personal experiences of the brutal journey through the War of the Rebellion are revealed.
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Biggs Shot III
The Biggs’ third juried photography competition showcases artists living and working in the Mid-Atlantic region. The exhibit offers visitors a view of regional talent and artistic perspectives in film, digital, and video formats.
Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street
The War of 1812
The archives commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with documents and images about the conflict sometimes known as 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.452