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

The Harlan & Hollingsworth Company, Titan of Shipbuilding

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

This Old Book, Chapter 20: Deep Thoughts With David Hume

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