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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

Labor Day Weekend Events at the First State Heritage Park

DOVER (Aug. 28, 2012) – This Labor Day Weekend, the First State Heritage Park offers activities for visitors of all ages beginning with a lantern tour of The Green on Friday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m. The tour meets at the John Bell House on The Green and admission is $5. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 302-739-9194.

On Saturday, Sept.1, the park’s monthly First Saturdays in the First State offers a variety of free programs at each of the park’s partner sites, with a special focus on Back to School programs.  

Visitors to the John Bell House on the Green will find out what it was like to go to school in the 1700s. Participants will be able to try some activities that schoolchildren in the 18th century would have practiced. They will have the opportunity to write with a quill, use a slate and learn what a hornbook is. Children in colonial times would have learned dancing and moral virtues during their school day. The Johnson Victrola Museum carries on the back-to-school theme, playing original education records on authentic talking machines as they would have in the early 1900s. 

Delaware’s Native American heritage will be showcased at The Old State House from noon to 4 p.m., featuring dancing and demonstrations by Delaware’s Lenape Indian Tribe.

Other First Saturday activities include tours, a genealogy series and Women of the Green walking tours. 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. The Green is located in the heart of Dover on both sides of South State Street.

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: Saturday, Sept. 1 

10 a.m., Noon and 3 p.m.
We Poor Devils
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
Includes 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 American’s bloodiest conflict.

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. 

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.)
Women of The Green
At the John Bell House on The Green
Many women were innkeepers, political leaders and social figures throughout the 300-year history of The Green. Visitors will learn about the lives and contributions of these often forgotten figures. 

10:30 a.m.
Genealogy Series: Using Naturalization Records as a Link Across the Ocean
Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street
Nancy Lyons, a respected genealogist, explores how the naturalization process worked, where to find the records and how to utilize their information. 

Noon – 4 p.m.
First People of the First State: A Celebration of Our Heritage
The Old State House on The Green
The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware celebrates Mother Earth and their culture with dancing and demonstrations. 

2 – 3 p.m.
Biggs Kids – Sea Glass
Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
Children will learn about sea glass collecting while creating a mosaic to take home.  Ages 5 to 10. Reservations required; call (302) 674-2111.

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A Most Inquisitive Mind: Going to School in the 18th Century
John Bell House on The Green
Visitors will discover what it was like to go to school in 18th-century Dover.

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

The Old State House
Tours of Delaware’s first permanent capital building, completed in 1791. 

Back to School
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Eldridge Reeves Johnson was instrumental in making music a fundamental subject in public education. He contributed countless talking machines and records to schools across the country. He developed educational programs for students of all ages. Come take part in these favorite school time programs. Listen to the original 78 rpm education records played on authentic talking machines. 

Exhibits:

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
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
Commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with documents and images about the conflict sometimes known as the “Second American Revolution.”

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3
The following First State Heritage Park sites are open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for tours and exhibits: Legislative Hall, The Old State House, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Johnson Victrola Museum and the Biggs Museum of American Art. Walking tours of The Green leave 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. from the John Bell House on The Green.

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. 335

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8/27/2012
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