In early 1917 Germany began ignoring previous agreements to not attack American ships and other non-military passenger vessels. The United States was still neutral in March, 1917 in the European Conflict but attacks from German U Boats was what prompted, as much as any other single factor, the American entry into WWI the following month, … More Remembering World War I
A highlight from the Delaware Historical Society’s book, pamphlet, or yearbook collection appears on this blog every week. https://dhsbooks.wordpress.com/about-this-old-book/
Our featured yearbook today belonged to Ms. Courtney Nelson (pictured) who attended Gunning Bedford Jr. High School. Numerous handwritten well wishes to the young senior are shown. The yearbook reveals a more ethnically diverse student body then many other yearbooks of the era. The Delaware Historical Society possesses an outstanding collection of original school yearbooks. … More Yearbooks at the DHS. Gunning Bedford Jr High School 1966
February is Black History Month in the U.S. We spotlight two African American soldiers from Delaware this week along with news from the Sunday Star newspaper for the week of February 13th, 1917.
We highlight a pamphlet which commemorates the lives of Quakers William Ralph Gawthrop and his son William, Jr., who both died in the early 1940’s during WWII. William, Junior was killed in action two years after the death of his father.
Wilmington carpenter, Charles B.F. Smith, builds this miniature chest of drawers at the Betts, Pusey & Harlan railroad car shops at West and Water Streets in Wilmington. Founded in 1837, Betts, Pusey & Harlan was a very early incarnation of what would later become the mighty Harlan & Hollingsworth Company. This company started out building … More This Month in Delaware…