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

Wesleyan Female College

What was it like to be a young American lady pursuing higher education in 1880? The entire 1880-81 catalog of Wesleyan Female College, which was located in Wilmington, Delaware, is presented in this post.  This pamphlet covers various aspects of the college including the names of the faculty, board of trustees, and students; courses of … More Wesleyan Female College

A Visit To Wilmington High School in the 1990’s

We tour the life and times of Wilmington High School in 1993 this week. The school was located on Lancaster Avenue at DuPont Road in northern Delaware. Several unique segments are presented in the school’s yearbook “Beyond Imagination” such as “If I Had A Million Dollars”, “Did You Know?” ,”Adopt a Freshman” and “My Favorite … More A Visit To Wilmington High School in the 1990’s

The Grand Experience

A wonderful book written by Jewish cultural scholar Toni Young on the long history of one of the cultural jewels of northern Delaware- the Grand Opera House, is featured today. The Grand continues to offer the very best in all forms of live music and entertainment to Delaware’s culturally engaged citizens. Grab a bite to … More The Grand Experience

The 1935 Blue Hen Yearbook of Delaware College

The Delaware Historical Society possesses an outstanding collection of original school yearbooks. Each month we highlight a few classes from schools throughout the State of Delaware. Images in this post can be magnified by clicking on the image, clicking again on  ‘view full size’ (bottom right in slide show) and clicking a third time on … More The 1935 Blue Hen Yearbook of Delaware College

The 1908 Junior Annual of Delaware College, Revisited.

The Delaware Historical Society possesses an outstanding collection of original school yearbooks. Each month we highlight a few classes from schools throughout the State of Delaware. Images in this post can be magnified by clicking on the image, clicking again on  ‘view full size’ (bottom right in slide show) and clicking a third time on … More The 1908 Junior Annual of Delaware College, Revisited.

Freedom! The Independence School of New Castle County, Delaware

Today we visit the remarkably cheerful, smiling student body of the Independence School of Newark, Delaware in 1983. No other yearbook yet presented has displayed more jolly smiles than this grade school journal. The photographer hired to do the job clearly had a gift for coaxing a smile from almost all of his or her … More Freedom! The Independence School of New Castle County, Delaware