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 Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194 elaine.brenchley@state.de.us , or Chris Polo, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9177 christine.polo@state.de.us

First State Heritage Park Joins in Dover’s July 4 Celebrations 

DOVER (June 6, 2012) –  In collaboration with Dover’s Fourth of July Celebration, the First State Heritage Park will offer a variety of special programs and activities on Wednesday July 4. Admission to all sites and activities is free.  

For more information and a map of First State Heritage Park sites, please visit: www.destateparks.com/heritageparkFor City of Dover activities, including fireworks, please visit: http://dover4thofjuly.com

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. It is a partnership of state and city agencies under the leadership of Delaware State Parks. 

Schedule of First State Heritage Park Activities

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, 121 Duke of York Street
USS Delaware: An American Battleship and The Civil War: Five Delaware Soldiers’ Stories. Exhibits open throughout the day.  We Poor Devils guided interpretations begin at the gallery entrance at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3 p.m.  

Historic Dover Scavenger Hunt!
Begin your hunt at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and find the clues hidden throughout Dover’s historic sites and museums.  Win a prize for uncovering the secrets of Delaware History within the First State Heritage Park!

The Old State House on The Green
Guided tours throughout the day. Enjoy “Thunder and Rain” – a feature film presentation about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

John Bell House on The Green
Simple Pleasures: 18th-century Games and Amusements
Colonial games and activities – for children of all ages!

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Legislative Hall – Delaware’s State Capitol Building, 411 Legislative Avenue
Guided tours throughout the day. (Photo ID is required for all adults.) 

Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Self-guided tours of the permanent collection and special exhibit Award Winners XII  

Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
Stars and Stripes
Enjoy patriotic music recorded by Victor Record Company played on original Victrola Talking Machines! At 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. an historical interpreter takes on the persona of Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company in A Day with E.R. Johnson 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Biggs Kids – Stars and Stripes
Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Celebrate America’s birthday and create a flag to wave during the fireworks. 

11 a.m.
“Thunder and Rain”
The Old State House on The Green
Feature film about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence.

11:30 a.m.
A Day with E.R. Johnson
Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
Meet E.R. Johnson as portrayed by an historical interpreter.

12:30 p.m.
Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green

1 p.m.
“Thunder and Rain”
The Old State House on The Green
Feature film about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence. 

2 p.m.
National Bell-Ringing Ceremony
The Old State House on The Green
Every Independence Day, bells ring across America’s thirteen original colonies at 2 p.m. to jointly celebrate the birth of our nation. Join us as we read the Declaration of Independence and ring the Old State House bell. 

2:30 p.m.
Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green 

3 p.m.
“Thunder and Rain”
The Old State House on The Green
Feature film about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence.

3:30 p.m.
A Day with E.R. Johnson
Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
Meet E.R. Johnson as portrayed by an historical interpreter. 

4:30 p.m.
Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green

 

Vol. 42, No. 214

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6/6/2012
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