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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
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.

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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

Image may contain: one or more people, night, child, sky and outdoor
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.