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First State Heritage Park's September "First Saturday" celebrates Delaware's Native Peoples
DOVER (Sept. 5, 2013) - On Saturday, September 7, the "First Saturdays in the First State" activities will include a wide range of programs at the John Bell House and The Old State House to celebrate Delaware’s Native Peoples.
At 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. at the John Bell House, Rob Aptaker provides a fascinating introduction to the Lenape Native Americans and their cultures. Aptaker uses Native American artifacts to explore the tools, clothing, toys, games, medicine and music that were part of their daily lives. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
At the Old State House at 1 p.m., archaeologist Wade Catts, of John Milner and Associates, speaks about the Native American archaeological site at the Delaware Airpark in Cheswold. This site dates to 7000 B.C. Catts will discuss what was found at this excavation that relates to the native peoples of Delaware.
Each month during First Saturdays in the First State, the First State Heritage Park offers a variety of free programs at each of the park’s partner sites, and tours of The Old State House and Legislative Hall, lectures at the Delaware Public Archives, hourly walking tours leaving from the John Bell House and the monthly “Biggs Kids” program at the Biggs Museum of American Art. Exhibits are also on display at the Delaware Public Archives, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries and the Biggs Museum. The park’s newest First Saturday tour, which is offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m., is of the recently restored19th-century courtroom in the historic Kent County Courthouse on The Green.
Woodburn, the Governor’s House will be closed to visitors on the First Saturday of September as construction continues to improve exterior accessibility to the site.
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 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North (formerly called Duke of York Street). Information about First Saturday events and all First State Heritage Park programs, is available by calling (302) 739-9194 or visiting destateparks.com/heritagepark.
First Saturday Activities on Saturday, September 7
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Guided Tours of Legislative Hall-Delaware’s Capitol
411 Legislative Avenue
Tours of the House and Senate Chambers will present about the legislature and Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
Visitors can experience the Spanish language and Latin American music that E.R. Johnson was instrumental in recording, plus music on original 78 rpm records played on authentic talking machines.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.)
Stories of The Green
Meets at the John Bell House on The Green
For 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.
10 a.m., 12 Noon and 2 p.m.
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North
Visitors will explore the current exhibition, Dealing in Symbols: Profundity in the Human Figure with guided interpretation of the life and work of Delaware Artist, Charles Parks. Visitors can create an interactive sculpture as an element of this tour and should bring a camera to capture their works of art.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Biggs Kids – Watercolor Fun!
Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Children will create their own paintings and tour the Delaware Watercolor Society exhibition.
Ages 5 – 10
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Ways of the Lenape
John Bell House on The Green
Visitors will about the culture and customs of the Lenape Native Americans. The John Bell House is also open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Cheswold Airport Archaeological Site
The Old State House on The Green
Archaeologist Wade Catts offers a presentation about this archaeological excavation. Tours of The Old State House will also be available, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Last tour leaves at 4 p.m.)
Tours of Newly Restored Courtroom #1, Historic Kent County Courthouse
Meets at the front steps of the old courthouse at 38 The Green
Visitors will learn about Delaware’s court system and notable justices while visiting the newly restored 19th-century courtroom.
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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. 43, No. 344