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If a program or event you were planning to attend does not appear below, it has been cancelled or postponed.  Please continue to monitor our calendar and website for the most up to date information.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Oct
3
Thu
We Came in Peace: 50 Years on the Moon @ Wilmington University @ Wilmington University
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
We Came in Peace: 50 Years on the Moon @ Wilmington University @ Wilmington University

On July 20th, 1969, in full view of earthlings back home, an American named Neil Armstrong, became the first human being to leave a footprint on another celestial body, our moon. Armstrong, together with his crewmates Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon and Michael Collins orbiting above, united humanity and made history. This presentation examines that history: the people, the air and space crafts, the competition, the politics, and the tragedies surrounding the American moon landings as well as the men, women, and machines that made it possible.

Oct
4
Fri
“My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples”: A Symposium on Elizabeth Catlett @ Trabant University Theater
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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In conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett, the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press will sponsor a day-long symposium that explores Elizabeth Catlett’s art and activism in its transnational contexts.

Event is FREE, but registration is requested.

Oct
5
Sat
“Moments in Silence” – Lecture by Astronaut Leland Melvin @ Delaware State University Longwood Auditorium
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Delaware Humanities and Delaware State University for the 2019 Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture with Astronaut Leland Melvin!

Leland looks back on his uncommon life — he is the only person in human history to catch a pass in the NFL and walk in space. Leland will examine his life through the prism of success and achievement. How did he succeed where he rightly should have failed? What motivated him to overcome injuries, setbacks, expulsions, and debilitating deafness? Leland will not only recount his path with honesty and curiosity, he will also mine the latest thinking by researchers, authors, and academics, applying their work to his own life – and by extension giving the audience applicable takeaways.

The program will be immediately followed by a book signing.

Interested in making October 5th an afternoon and evening of related experiences? Register here with the University of Delaware to enjoy talks on the future of space exploration and science fiction, find out about the space suit used on the moon, and do some astronomical observations of your own! Registering for the Saturday Symposium includes Leland Melvin’s lecture.

About the Annual Lecture

Oct
10
Thu
David Garlock on Bryan Stevenson’s ‘Just Mercy’ @ Milton Historical Society
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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In conjunction with the “Walking into Greatness: Bryan A. Stevenson” exhibition, the Milton Historical Society welcomes guest lecturer David Garlock on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm.  Garlock will share his transformational story which begins with childhood abuse and a prison sentence for taking the life of his abuser. With the help and mentorship of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, Garlock earned a degree in Theology, attended Stevenson’s alma mater Eastern University, and married.  Today, in his work with former inmates who are in the process of re-entering society, Garlock employs Stevenson’s teachings of Just Mercy, which hold that no one is defined by the worst thing they have done. Join us for Garlock’s inspiring story about overcoming adversity and using his experience to help others.

For Tickets Click HERE

Oct
12
Sat
PREMIERE of ‘First State, First Step: Delaware to the Moon’ @ Delaware Public Archives
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 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.

The Tales Tombstones Tell @ Christiana Presbyterian Church @ Christiana Presbyterian Church
Oct 12 @ 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.

Saving Family Treasures @ Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society @ Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saving Family Treasures @ Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society @ Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

Family treasures are often neglected, frequently tucked away in drawers, trunks and attics. Preserving these heirlooms – items such as marriage certificates, family Bibles, letters, journals, and photos – is important, for they tell us about the past and connect the generations. Yet, all too often, these relics are lost to accidents, deterioration, or the urge to clean house. This talk introduces caretakers to basic methods for preserving and protecting family relics and papers.

Oct
13
Sun
Bowers Heritage Day @ Bowers Beach Maritime Museum
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Bowers Heritage Day will help you explore all things Bowers and perhaps also learn something about your own heritage. There will be presentations about Lenape history and culture directed by Principal Chief Dennis J. Coker of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware here in Kent County. Chief Quiet Thunder will bring pelts and artifacts while describing how his ancestors lived. Archeologists bearing artifacts will explain what they do. There will be demonstrations of how to make arrow and spear points and how to throw an atlatl (spear.) You’ll see spinners, weavers, a basket maker and a woodworker all demonstrating the way life used to be.

And we have not forgotten about oysters! Capt. Thumper will give tours of his historic oyster schooner, the Maggie S. Myers. Delaware State University will have an oyster demonstration and explain oyster ecology. There will be some oysters to eat as well as other food. For the children there will also be crafts and balloon art – something for everyone.

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: