” 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 American company greater exemplifies the industry, community and the worker’s world of America in both the Reconstruction era and the Gilded Age than the Harlan & Hollingsworth Company. Every face in the following group portraits tells a story. Stern to serene to smiling, we see in each face what it meant to be a … More The Harlan & Hollingsworth Company, Titan of Shipbuilding
News from the early February, 1917 Wilmington Sunday Star newspaper and the service records of African American soldiers Arthur Camper and Francis Cephas are presented today.
David Hume is one of the thinkers often covered in a typical philosophy class at the university level. A two volume set of Hume’s meticulous exploration of the nature of reality and human understanding sits innocuously among the Delaware Historical Society’s pantheon of rare books. Various excerpts from this fascinating compendium of metaphysics appear in … More This Old Book, Chapter 20: Deep Thoughts With David Hume
Last week in our blog post The Future of Archives, Part I, we discussed some of the ways that a cultural shift towards digital record-keeping, media production, and even socialization is changing the shape of the archives profession in the 21st century. This was one of the major themes of the Fall 2012 meeting of the … More The Future of Archives, Part II
I’ve spent all week searching through our collections for a topic to blog about. With July 4th fast approaching, I considered writing about citizenship and the history of immigration in Delaware. I also looked at our materials dealing with public health to tie into the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Everything seemed … More Chicken Soup for the American Soul
The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War presents a unique opportunity for us all to look back at one of the defining events in U.S. history and reflect on the many ways in which it changed the country forever. It’s sometimes hard for me to imagine the sheer scale of this war and the numerous (and … More A Patriotic Dollhouse