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
This February 7th, the world over is celebrating the 200th birthday of beloved English writer, Charles Dickens. What does this have to do with Delaware? Well, as you may know, the novels of Dickens were beautifully illustrated by a number of very talented artists. And one of those artists, Felix Octavius Carr Darley (F. O. … More Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!
As election season begins, I always seem to hear the same question pop up, “How did we get the political parties that we have today?” I thought I would seek out the answer to this question. Below is an exert from Political Parties and Elections: Good Citizens Acting Irrationally. This passage explains how and why all our … More How have our political parties evolved