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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

October 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Speaker: Dan Pritchett
In October, 1962, after the United States government discovered that the Soviet Union was secretly installing nuclear offensive missiles in Cuba, the most dangerous confrontation in the history of the world took place.  This talk will look more closely at this crisis, and how a nuclear war was averted only by the calm actions and courageous decisions of three men—the President of the United States, the Premier of the Soviet Union, and a Soviet naval officer.

 

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October 21, 2018 1:00 pm

This DH Grant event will highlight the role played by German-speaking soldiers in the American War of Independence. Germans fought on all sides of the war – the “Hessians” as British auxiliaries against the American patriots, the Regiment Royal Deux-Ponts, a regiment of Germans from the Duchy of Zweibrücken in the army of the comte de Rochambeau as allies of the United States, and in the Continental Army in units such as the German Regiment composed largely of immigrants living in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

The Royal Deux-Ponts marched through Wilmington and Cooch’s Bridge on their way to the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, in September of 1781, where they helped end the war by forcing the surrender of Britain’s Lord Cornwallis.

1:00 p.m. Plaque dedication to the Regiment of Deux-Ponts at the Pencader Museum
2:30 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Robert Selig, German Historian, which will be held at the Delaware Saengerbund, 49 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE.
Dr. Selig will speak about the German soldiers who fought on all sides of the Revolutionary War, both for as well as against American independence. His talk will be followed by a Q&A session, and light refreshments.

 

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Apply For a Grant

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 nonprofit organizations.

** Fall Vision Grant Cycle FY19 Deadlines: Final Drafts are DUE Wednesday, November 14, 2018. ** 
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Calendar

October 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Speaker: Dan Pritchett
@Lewes Public Library
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Lewes, Delaware
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October 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Speaker: Dan Pritchett
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@Lewes Public Library
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Lewes, Delaware
October 18, 2018 6:30 pm
@Studio 1 at the Grand
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Wilmington, Delaware
October 21, 2018 1:00 pm
@Pencader Heritage Museum
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Newark, Delaware
October 22, 2018 7:00 pm
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@Hockessin Public Library
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Hockessin, Delaware

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  • Vision Grant Deadlines for Fall Cycle FY19

    September 12, 2018

    ATTENTION prospective applicants for Delaware Humanities Grants:

    Drafts for the Vision Grant Fall Cycle are DUE by Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
    Final Drafts are Due Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 
    A rough draft is required for Vision Grants.

     

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  • Welcome Bob McKennett to the Delaware Humanities Board

    September 12, 2018

    Bob McKennett comes to the Delaware Humanities having just completed a 42-year career as a health services director and practicing nurse anesthetist…

     

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  • 6 Questions for Executive Director Michele Anstine

    September 12, 2018

    Now approaching her 90th day at Delaware Humanities, get to know ED Michele Anstine

     

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  • 2019 New Speakers and Programs

    September 12, 2018

    In the 2019 fiscal year (November 1, 2018 through October 31, 2019), two new speakers and five new programs will be available for request.  Remember to wait until after October 1, 2018…

     

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