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Sarah Zimmerman, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194 sarah.zimmerman@state.de.us  or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175,  Necia.Beck@state.de.us 

March First Saturday highlighted by historical theater and new exhibits

DOVER (Feb. 26, 2013) – On Saturday, March 2, First Saturdays in the First State, presented by First State Heritage Park, offers visitors the opportunity to re-live history through three historical theater events along with a chance to see two new exhibits.

The Delaware Humanities Forum will use The Old State House as the courthouse setting to present a dramatic retelling of the historic 1848 trial of Quaker abolitionist Thomas Garrett. Admission is free but seating is limited for the performances at 2 and 7 p.m.. Advance reservations can be made by emailing info@dhf.org.

At the Johnson Victrola Museum, an historical interpreter portraying the character of Eldridge Reeves Johnson reminisces about the influential women in his life. At the John Bell House, 18th-century Dover resident Ann Ridgely frets about her impetuous niece’s desire to marry a “rake."

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs debuts a new display at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries featuring the sculpture of the late Charles Parks. At the Biggs Museum, The Projectionist features a working 1920s-style movie theater that was created in the basement of Middletown native Gordon Brinckle.  A documentary provides insight into the life of this self-taught artist.

Other First Saturday activities include tours, the monthly “Biggs Kids” program and walking tours of The Green.

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 Duke of York Street). Information about The First State Heritage Park programs is available at (302) 739-9194 or destateparks.com/heritagepark. 

First Saturday activities on March 2:

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tours of the Governor’s House
At Woodburn – The Governor’s House
Guided tours of Woodburn and Hall House.
the Governor’s guest house.

11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
The Character of a Rake
John Bell House on The Green
Historical theater featuring Ann Ridgely and her neighbor Nancy Bellm

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Women of The Green Walking Tour
John Bell House on The Green
Visitors will learn about women’s lives and contributions.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Better Angels: Signs of the Times
The Old State House on The Green
This dramatic retelling of the trial of abolitionist Thomas Garrett. Admission is free but seating is limited; reservations can be made by e-mailing  info@dhf.org.

1 - 4 p.m.
A Genealogical Summit
Delaware Public Archives
Shamele Jordan, genealogical lecturer and podcaster, will present Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogy Research. Sabrina Peterson, Director of Global Imaging for Ancestry.com will speak on Using Ancestry.com to Find Your Family Roots.

1 p.m.
The Women Who Influenced “ERJ”
Johnson Victrola Museum
Eldridge Reeves Johnson reminisces about the influential women in his life. Visitors will hear a special blend of vintage Victor Recordings played on the original Talking machines.

 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Biggs Kids – Optical Toys

Biggs Museum of American Art
Children ages 5 to 10 create an optical toy and learn about moving images. 

Other Activities, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Guided Tours of Legislative Hall
Visitors will learn about the legislature and Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building. 

The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries Exhibits: 

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs presents two exhibits:

USS Delaware: An American Battleship. The story of the USS Delaware (1909-1924), and

Dealing in Symbols: Profundity in the Human Figure.

Delaware Public Archives
African American Houses of Worship. Through mid-March.

Biggs Museum of American Art
The Projectionist
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. 

For more information: 302-739-9194 or destateparks.com/heritagepark.

Vol. 43, No.61

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2/25/2013
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