2013: Forging Faith, Building Freedom

This year and 2014 marked two important landmarks in Delaware history: the bicentennial of Peter Spencer’s founding of the nation’s first independent black denomination, the African Union Methodist church, in 2013, followed by the bicentennial of the August Quarterly festival in 2014.  Three other Delawareans, Absalom Jones, Richard Allen, and Samuel Cornish, also played key … More 2013: Forging Faith, Building Freedom

2012: Center for African American Heritage

Africans and their descendants have been part of Delaware since 1639, but their history has been neglected. When the opportunity arose to present a proposal to the City of Wilmington to develop a center for Delaware’s African American history and heritage, the Delaware Historical Society rose to the challenge.  The city awarded the grant to … More 2012: Center for African American Heritage

2010: Infrastructure, Physical and Virtual

Old buildings are money pits.  Really old and important buildings, like Old Town Hall and the Read House, are huge money pits.  Both buildings, treasured by the Society and the community alike, received major maintenance this year, including masonry repairs, repairs and repainting of windows and exterior woodwork, removal of the 1938 addition on Old … More 2010: Infrastructure, Physical and Virtual

2008: What’s in a Name—or a Color—or a Logo

As the Society continued to move into the new millennium, it wanted to remain relevant in a changing world through its collections, exhibitions, and programs.  Equally important, it also wanted the public to know that it was a lively organization that had something to offer them.  In an era that places more and more emphasis … More 2008: What’s in a Name—or a Color—or a Logo