The Idyllic Brandywine

” 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

Wesleyan Female College

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

A Delaware Album

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 High School 1951

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.