‘This Old Book’ about the Underground Railroad

This week’s rare book offers many harrowing real life experiences of those traveling along the Underground Railroad. Below, in the extensive table of contents, we see many examples of the struggles faced by runaway slaves. As first hand accounts, the stories in this book powerfully convey the physical dangers and severe anxieties endured by slaves … More ‘This Old Book’ about the Underground Railroad

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

All Delaware Stories

Our mission here at the Delaware Historical Society is to explore, preserve, share, and promote Delaware stories. You may think this only includes high-profile people like senators, CEOs, or members of prominent families, but much of what we have in our collections comes from “ordinary” Delawareans. To accurately represent the past, we need to hear … More All Delaware Stories

Telling Your African American Family Story

“Telling your African American Family Story,” a workshop cosponsored by the Delaware Genealogical Society and the Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware Historical Society, introduced the topic of African American genealogy to a large and enthusiastic audience on September 15, 2012.  While any family search can be filled with roadblocks and brick walls, … More Telling Your African American Family Story