Remembering WWI on Independence Day. The Battle of Sommes Begins

Newspaper accounts of world events and life in Delaware exactly one hundred years ago on the 4th of July weekend, 1916 are provided, as are the service records of two Delaware soldiers and a war savings society poster from the DHS collection. The Battle of Sommes began July 1st, 1916 and continued intermittently through November, … More Remembering WWI on Independence Day. The Battle of Sommes Begins

Remembering WWI: Allies Gear Up for Major Offensive This Week, A Century Ago

Wilmington’s  “Sunday Star” newspaper headlines : the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, Germany hints at wanting peace, a new torpedo design, and Switzerland joins the munitions race.  Very informative and personal military service accounts are provided this week by 1st Lt. James Iredell McRee, Corporal Joseph O’Hara and Chief Quartermaster of Aviation … More Remembering WWI: Allies Gear Up for Major Offensive This Week, A Century Ago

Delaware State University Opens in February of 1892

As stated on the front page of the DHS website in the segment This Month in Delaware History, February, being Black History Month, is an excellent time to mention the opening of Delaware State College (now Delaware State University) which began providing higher education to African Americans in 1892. This Month in Delaware History Blog:  https://dhsbookstmidh.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/delaware-state-university-opens-in-1892/ … More Delaware State University Opens in February of 1892

Remembering World War I at the Delaware Historical Society

Just over one hundred years ago, at the end of July in 1914, a catastrophe that was to engulf the world began in the city of Sarajevo. World War I, “The Great War”, was triggered by the assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, by a … More Remembering World War I at the Delaware Historical Society

This Morning in History, 1827: Pirates and presidential mudslinging

This Morning in History highlights notable headlines from our library’s newspaper collection, which was recently cataloged. A randomly selected historical newspaper with today’s date was pulled, and here is what we found: Delaware journal (Wilmington, Del.), v. 1, no. 28, Friday, July 27, 1827. It was a slower news day on Friday back in 1827, … More This Morning in History, 1827: Pirates and presidential mudslinging