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Delaware Humanities provides educational outreach, special projects, and funding opportunities to bring Delawareans together. We connect cultural, educational, and civic institutions statewide to provide public events that enhance our understanding of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going as individuals, communities, and citizens of Delaware.

Featured Events

July 24, 2018 2:00 pm
Speaker: Lee Mussoff
The American musical has evolved through the 20th century from vaudeville through rock. One of America’s greatest contributions to world culture, the musical gives us not only immortal music and song but also mirrors major events and turning points. As early as 1927, Showboat was dealing with prejudice and civil rights; in 1943, in the midst of World War II, Oklahoma celebrated the growth of a bright new land, reminding us of what we were fighting for. The speaker will discuss a variety of shows from a historical perspective and will include many musical selections. Audience participation is encouraged.

 

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September 23, 2018 2:00 pm
Speaker: Jean Norvell
The day I was born, Hitler’s troops annexed Austria, and the first ripple of war moved across Europe. This is a personal memory of growing up in war torn London, remembering air raids, the bombing, and the air raid shelters we slept in.  It was after Hitler invaded Poland that England went to war, and that’s when thousands of children, including my brother and sister, were evacuated to the country.   After they came back my mother said, “If we are going to die, we are all going to die together.” My uncle manned one of the ‘little boats’ that crossed the Channel and brought back soldiers from Dunkirk.  At age 16, my brother volunteered for the Merchant Navy, and he was in many convoys that constantly crossed the Atlantic in spite of German submarines. After 6 years, the war finished, and gradually things returned to normal. For me growing up with war had been my normal, and it took a while to adjust to no blackout, sleeping in a bed, and having all the family home together.

 

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The Grants Program is a statewide resource for support of a wide variety of lectures, festivals, panel discussions, walking tours, and the planning and implementation of exhibitions and other ventures at small and large not-for-profit institutions throughout our state of Delaware. Through this program, the Council distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other
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Calendar

July 18, 2018 7:00 pm
Speaker: Jean Norvell
@New Castle Court House Museum
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New Castle, Delaware
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July 18, 2018 7:00 pm
Speaker: Jean Norvell
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@New Castle Court House Museum
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New Castle, Delaware
July 19, 2018 1:00 pm
@Seaford Museum
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Seaford, Delaware
July 20, 2018 1:00 pm
@Seaford Museum
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Seaford, Delaware
July 21, 2018 1:00 pm
@Seaford Museum
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Seaford, Delaware

Newsworthy

  • Delaware Humanities Council introduces New Executive Director Michele Anstine

    June 18, 2018

    Michele Anstine, most recently the Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer for the Delaware Historical Society, brings twenty years of experience working in the humanities in Delaware.  While at the George Read II House & Gardens, she held various leadership roles, raising nearly $2 million in funds to preserve and enhance one of the premiere Federalist homes and museum collections in the United States.  She was a critical part of the successful campaign to designate the property as a National Historic Landmark. A native of southern Kent County, Ms. Anstine holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware.

     

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  • Spring 2018 Vision Grant Awards total $88,496

    June 28, 2018

    Ten organizations from around the state have been awarded Delaware Humanities Vision Grants.

     

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