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Oct
18
Fri
Film Screening of ‘First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon’ @ Milton Public Library
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Berkana will present four FREE screenings of their documentary entitled: “First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon” that documents the history of Delaware’s contribution to the 1969 Apollo moon landing. The products developed by three Delaware companies—DuPont, W.L. Gore and International Latex Corporation (ILC)—were absolutely critical to the success of America’s lunar landings. DuPont textiles, Gore cable coatings, and ILC space suits were all invented in Delaware by committed Delawareans, some of whom are still alive. Combining their interviews with those of scholars and historians, as well as never-seen file footage of these products being developed, Berkana produced a compelling documentary that explores the “humanities” story behind one of America’s greatest technological achievements.

Yorklyn Storytelling Festival @ Center for the Creative Arts (CCArts)
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm


The premiere Yorklyn Storytelling Festival will feature a lineup of 10 world-renowned storytellers in the spoken-word equivalent of a major music or arts festival. It offers workshops, storytelling ‘samplers,’ an open microphone, and fun-filled storytelling concert finales.  Stories are essential to our understanding of ourselves. They define us. They connect us. They knit us together, side-by-side and down through the generations. This festival is a celebration of the genre; of the stories that enhance our lives and expand our literacy and language, our reading and writing, our history and culture, our arts and entertainment.

Tickets are required:

 

Oct
20
Sun
Film Screening of ‘First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon’ @ Brandywine Hundred Public Library
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Berkana will present four FREE screenings of their documentary entitled: “First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon” that documents the history of Delaware’s contribution to the 1969 Apollo moon landing. The products developed by three Delaware companies—DuPont, W.L. Gore and International Latex Corporation (ILC)—were absolutely critical to the success of America’s lunar landings. DuPont textiles, Gore cable coatings, and ILC space suits were all invented in Delaware by committed Delawareans, some of whom are still alive. Combining their interviews with those of scholars and historians, as well as never-seen file footage of these products being developed, Berkana produced a compelling documentary that explores the “humanities” story behind one of America’s greatest technological achievements.

Oct
21
Mon
The Tales Tombstones Tell @ Delmar Public Library @ Delmar Public Library
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From the tombstone carved in the shape of the state of Delaware to the ‘Remember Me As Thou Stands by’ marker, Delaware’s cemeteries record our history and reflect our ever-changing modern world. This presentation, accompanied by color and black and white images, presents Delaware’s history, culture, and major historical figures and events through grave markers. The talk examines tombstone architecture and interesting inscriptions and shows how permanent memorials reflect individual tastes and specific historical periods.

Oct
25
Fri
Film Screening of ‘First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon’ @ Smyrna Opera House
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Berkana will present four FREE screenings of their documentary entitled: “First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon” that documents the history of Delaware’s contribution to the 1969 Apollo moon landing. The products developed by three Delaware companies—DuPont, W.L. Gore and International Latex Corporation (ILC)—were absolutely critical to the success of America’s lunar landings. DuPont textiles, Gore cable coatings, and ILC space suits were all invented in Delaware by committed Delawareans, some of whom are still alive. Combining their interviews with those of scholars and historians, as well as never-seen file footage of these products being developed, Berkana produced a compelling documentary that explores the “humanities” story behind one of America’s greatest technological achievements.

Oct
26
Sat
The Amazing Hannah Penn @ New Castle Court House Museum @ New Castle Court House Museum
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

She was twenty-five years younger when she married an icon of the Quaker faith. Hannah Penn tells the story of her own and William’s childhood. She recounts her life as ‘the second wife’; tells of uncooperative and stubborn step children and of the Penn’s mounting debt. When William died, Hannah became the Proprietor of Pennsylvania, and needed all her business skills to govern the province and pay down its debt. She succeeded: she governed her Province for eight years from England, and at her death the Penns and Pennsylvania were completely debt free. This is a living history presentation and can be adapted to the age or interest of the audience.

Oct
27
Sun
Unlocking the History of an Old House @ Bear Library @ Bear Library
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Just as families have a past, old houses and the land they are built on have histories. This practical lecture is designed to show you how to uncover that past and answer questions such as when was the structure built, who lived in it, how has it changed over time, and what are its stories. The discussion centers on implementing an organized research process, what records are available, where to look for documents, and interpreting the findings. The discussion concludes by presenting suggestions for creating a history of an old house. If you know where to look, you may find the clues to the past.

Oct
28
Mon
“Chasing Space” Book Discussion – Rehoboth Beach @ Rehoboth Beach Library
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Defying the odds, Leland Melvin became the only person to catch a football for the NFL and in space.

Join the Rehoboth Beach Public Library for a discussion of his book.  Before the book discussion, you can hear Leland Melvin tell his inspiring story at Delaware State University on October 5!

The discussion will be led by Jack Clemons.  Jack Clemons is both a SF writer and a “rocket scientist”. He has published nonfiction and science fiction and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was engineer and team leader on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and the Baltimore Book Festival, on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and on the untold stories behind each of these programs. He appeared in the “Command Module” segment of Moon Machines, the Discovery Science Channel’s award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo Program, and in the Nat Geo documentary Apollo: Back To The Moon. He writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine. His award winning book “Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home”, a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, was published by University Press of Florida and is available from the publisher, bookstores and Amazon.com.

Starting mid-September, books will be available to borrow from the library for this discussion. Please visit the Circulation desk.

Oct
29
Tue
‘Just Mercy’ Book Discussion with Alonna Berry @ Milton Historical Society
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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In light of the popularity of Christy Taylor’s two Just Mercy book discussions offered in conjunction with MHS’s Walking into Greatness: Bryan A. Stevenson, MHS will host another book group on Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7:30 pm led by Stevenson’s cousin Alonna Berry, the founder and chairwoman of The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence scheduled to open in Sussex County in 2021. As a trustee of MHS and part of the Stevenson exhibition team, Berry brings a unique perspective to her discussion of Just Mercy. She says, “I am honored to be a part of an important conversation happening in our country addressing the spoken and unspoken parts of our history, as both are equally meaningful and required to push us all forward. I hope this book club with continue that conversation here, in our local context of Sussex County, so together we can honor, accept and move forward.”

Nov
4
Mon
Vietnam Mailbag @ Lewes Public Library @ Lewes Public Library
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

When American troops in Vietnam answered the call to correspond with a young reporter four decades ago, they could not have envisioned the enduring relevancy of their war letters or the rich legacy their words, photographs and memorabilia would leave to succeeding generations. Ms. Lynch discusses and reads selected war letters from her book, Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968-1972, based on her popular newspaper column, “Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag.” She is accompanied by Vietnam veteran Rick Lovekin, a Huey helicopter door gunner, Cobra crew chief and frequent letter writer to Nancy, who shows slides from Vietnam set to 1960s music.