” I lie, as lies you placid Brandywine Holding the hills and heavens in my heart For contemplation.” -Sidney Lanier Today’s feature collection piece is a charming publication from 1898 containing prose by John Russell Hayes and illustrations by artist Robert Shaw. The subject is the tranquil Brandywine River in Delaware’s “Chateau Country”. Along this … More The Idyllic Brandywine
No currently published magazine better chronicles life, leisure, and culture in the State of Delaware than “Delaware Today”. The Delaware Historical Society has close to an entire run of this iconic magazine in its library collection. Today we sample the July 1986 issue. A monster sub from the first Capriotti’s sandwich shop in the country, … More The Best of Delaware, 1986
Wilmington Friends School is a preschool-12th grade school in Alapocas, just outside Wilmington, Delaware. The school was founded in 1748 by members of the Wilmington Monthly Meeting of Friends (a.k.a. Quakers). The Society of Friends is a Christian denomination founded in the mid 1600’s by George Fox in England. One of the most famous Quakers … More Wilmington Friends School, 1967
What was it like to be a young American lady pursuing higher education in 1880? The entire 1880-81 catalog of Wesleyan Female College, which was located in Wilmington, Delaware, is presented in this post. This pamphlet covers various aspects of the college including the names of the faculty, board of trustees, and students; courses of … More Wesleyan Female College
This week our featured DHS library book is by historian and University of Delaware Professor of English, George Miller. Provided is a nostalgic view of Delaware in the early 20th century, mainly through postcards. Sussex County is well represented in this hardbound 2011 publication.
Felton is a small town in Kent County Delaware, just south of Dover. Our featured Delaware yearbook is the “Echo”, published by the school in 1951. Unlike modern yearbooks which usually have very sophisticated formats, we see in Felton’s “Echo” a folksy and simple presentation of the school’s student body and staff.