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History Book Festival 2019 @ Various throughout Lewes
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm



The History Book Festival is a first-of-its kind way to hear more than 20 best-selling authors of current non-fiction and fiction about history. We select writers and subjects to appeal to history buffs and readers ranging from the most serious to the more casual. Their presentations are introduced by emcees who will share insights and facilitate audience questions. 

** Note: Keynote Opening Address featuring Rick Atkinson and Closing Keynote Event with Alice Hoffman are ticketed events. You can buy tickets here
and here, respectively.


Kayak and Chat – Trap Pond State Park @ Trap Pond State Park
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm




Did you know that Trap Pond State Park contains the northernmost naturally occurring stand of Baldcypress in the U.S.? Join us for a kayaking tour to learn about its ecology and history. Along the way, we will stop to read and discuss literary pieces connected to the surrounding environment.
Registration required and spaces are limited. Please contact the Trap Pond State Park Nature Center at 302-875-5163 to register.

The event is free, but participants must pay park entry fee ($4 in state, $8 out of state). If attendees purchase tickets to the Beer, Wine, and Spirits Fest (starting immediately after the Canoe and Chat), park entry is included in the ticket price.

If possible, please bring your own canoe/kayak, paddle, and life vest.  Otherwise, kayaks or canoes, paddles, and life vests will be supplied as long as available.  Please be sure to bring sun screen, a hat, water, bug spray, and to wear the appropriate clothing.

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Iron Hill Powwow @ Iron Hill Museum
Sep 28 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Learn about contemporary and traditional Native American culture, through song, dance, crafts, and exhibits.

10:30am- Gates open. (This includes the Science Center & Museum). Going on all day are the vendors, demonstrations, archery, and craft making to take home.

11am-11:30am- Story Telling by Elisi Noquisi.

12NOON- Grand Entry.

12:30PM- 2:30pm- Category dances which includes explanations of dances, songs, regalia, and history of what is a powwow. This will also include intertribal dances, and audience participation dances.

2:30pm- Concilio Guatu Ma Cu A Boríken presentation (Traditional Dancers from Puerto Rico) & Story telling by Elisi Noquisi.

3:30pm- Dancing resumes, with category dances, intertribal dances, and audience participation dances.

4:30pm-5pm- Closing Ceremony.


The People Who Stayed Behind: A History of the Indian People of Delaware @ Hockessin Public Library
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
From Africa to the Americas via Music, Song, Dance, and Stories @ Holloway Park, 7th and Lombard Streets
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
From Africa to the Americas via Music, Song, Dance, and Stories @ Holloway Park, 7th and Lombard Streets

This is a journey from Africa to the Americas using music, song, dance, and stories as mediums, highlighting the similarities between traditional African culture and African influenced culture in the Americas. Audience participation is a must as this is a village-oriented presentation.

Diversity in Latin America @ Delaware City Library @ Delaware City Library
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Diversity in Latin America @ Delaware City Library @ Delaware City Library | Wilmington | Delaware | United States

Latin American history, anthropology, geography, language and music disciplines will be blended to present the diversity among the many counties that make up Latin America. The presentation combines images of people and places, as well as music and ways of expression through dance. Teachers and audiences can identify specific themes for the presenter to focus on and students will be invited to participate.

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.

“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.

“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

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.

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