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The First People of the First State: A Celebration of Lenape Heritage 10:00 am
The First People of the First State: A Celebration of Lenape Heritage @ The Old State House
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The First People of the First State: A Celebration of Lenape Heritage @ The Old State House | Dover | Delaware | United States
Image courtesy of Gary Emeigh, Special to the News Journal Join the Lenape Indian tribe of Delaware at the Old State House in Dover as they celebrate mother earth and their culture with dancing and[...]
World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit 1:00 pm
World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit @ Seaford Museum
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In honor of America’s entry into “The War to End All Wars” in 1917, the Smithsonian offers a free poster exhibition to educators, schools, and other organizations. World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the[...]
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World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit 1:00 pm
World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit @ Seaford Museum
Sep 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In honor of America’s entry into “The War to End All Wars” in 1917, the Smithsonian offers a free poster exhibition to educators, schools, and other organizations. World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the[...]
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The Long Road to Recognition: New Avenues 1:00 pm
The Long Road to Recognition: New Avenues @ The Old State House
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Long Road to Recognition: New Avenues @ The Old State House | Dover | Delaware | United States
Photograph of Chief Dennis Coker, courtesy of Gary Emeigh, Special to the News Journal This program, the second in the month-long celebration of Lenape Heritage focuses on the Lenapé Indian Tribe of Delaware’s status as[...]
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World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit 1:00 pm
World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit @ Seaford Museum
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In honor of America’s entry into “The War to End All Wars” in 1917, the Smithsonian offers a free poster exhibition to educators, schools, and other organizations. World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the[...]
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World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit 1:00 pm
World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit @ Seaford Museum
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In honor of America’s entry into “The War to End All Wars” in 1917, the Smithsonian offers a free poster exhibition to educators, schools, and other organizations. World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the[...]
All Over This Land: American Regional Folk Music 2:30 pm
All Over This Land: American Regional Folk Music @ Manor House
Sep 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
 
New Directions in African-American History Series: Discussion and Book Signing with Toni Tipton-Martin 6:00 pm
New Directions in African-American History Series: Discussion and Book Signing with Toni Tipton-Martin @ Delaware History Museum
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Directions in African-American History Series: Discussion and Book Signing with Toni Tipton-Martin @ Delaware History Museum | Frederick | Maryland | United States
Delaware History Museum’s “New Directions in African-American History” series and The Fourth Annual ‘Farm2Fork’ welcome Toni Tipton-Martin, an award-winning food and nutrition journalist and community activist who is busy building a healthier community through her books,[...]
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Archaeology in Delaware and the 1st People 1:00 pm
Archaeology in Delaware and the 1st People @ The Old State House
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Archaeology in Delaware and the 1st People @ The Old State House | Dover | Delaware | United States
          This program, the third marking the month-long celebration of Lenape Heritage, will focus on the archaeological sites within the State of Delaware. Numerous excavations have revealed stunning information about the[...]
New Directions in African-American History Series: Youth Workshop with Toni Tipton-Martin 2:00 pm
New Directions in African-American History Series: Youth Workshop with Toni Tipton-Martin @ George Read House and Gardens
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
New Directions in African-American History Series: Youth Workshop with Toni Tipton-Martin @ George Read House and Gardens | New Castle | Delaware | United States
Toni Tipton-Martin’s award-winning food journalism and publications place black women at the center of a process of teaching, learning and transmitting culture through apprenticeship and observation. Through her work as a community activist and teacher,[...]
Rehoboth Art League Gallery Talks 2:00 pm
Rehoboth Art League Gallery Talks @ Rehoboth Art League Henlopen Acres Campus
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rehoboth Art League Gallery Talks @ Rehoboth Art League Henlopen Acres Campus | Rehoboth Beach | Delaware | United States
The Rehoboth Art League hosts Gallery Talks as a free opportunity for the public to delve deeper into the arts and humanities content of our exhibitions. A wide range of presenters—including exhibition judges, jurors, art[...]
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Rails in Delaware 1:00 pm
Rails in Delaware @ Zwaanendael Museum
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 
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Folk Art and Culture 11:00 am
Folk Art and Culture @ Claymont Library
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Deciphering American Indian DNA 1:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Deciphering American Indian DNA @ The Old State House
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
As part of the ongoing Lenape Heritage Celebration Month held throughout September, “Deciphering American Indian DNA “invites people from the Indian community to a round table discussion from a Native American perspective.  
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Art As Prevention 2:00 pm
Art As Prevention @ Bear Library
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Opening Reception and Performance 4:00 pm
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Opening Reception and Performance @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lewes Public Library's 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Opening Reception and Performance @ Lewes Public Library | Lewes | Delaware | United States
  Sunday marks the kick off for the Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival. This event will feature a musical performance by members of the Lewes Chamber Players, with accompanying readings from Shakespeare, followed[...]
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Stories Worth Repeating 12:30 pm
Stories Worth Repeating @ CHEER Coastal Leisure Center
Sep 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
 
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Director and Actors’ Workshop with Brown Box Theatre Project 3:00 pm
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Director and Actors’ Workshop with Brown Box Theatre Project @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lewes Public Library's 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Director and Actors' Workshop with Brown Box Theatre Project @ Lewes Public Library | Lewes | Delaware | United States
  Part of the week-long Shakespeare Festival, this event will be led by Brown Box Theatre Project director Kyler Taustin and BBTP actors. This workshop will engage community members in compelling explorations of Shakespeare’s text. Participants from[...]
The People Who Stayed Behind: A History of the Indian People of Delaware 1630-2008 3:00 pm
Peace-building Traditions 6:30 pm
Peace-building Traditions @ Elsmere Library
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 7:00 pm
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Lecture by Professor Lloyd King 7:00 pm
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Lecture by Professor Lloyd King @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lewes Public Library's 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Lecture by Professor Lloyd King @ Lewes Public Library | Lewes | Delaware | United States
  Professor Lloyd King from Delaware Humanities will explore the year Shakespeare changed everything about his craft. Shakespeare moved the theatre south of the Thames and his plays to another intellectual level. This year produced four immortal[...]
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Literature and Medicine: Department of Health and Social Services Library 12:00 pm
Literature and Medicine: Department of Health and Social Services Library @ Department of Health and Social Services Library, Springer Hall
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.  Registration is for all six sessions.  The cost for all six discussion session is $35, which includes six 90 minute discussion sessions with[...]
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Hogarth Shakespeare Book Discussion and Lecture by David Stradley 2:00 pm
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Hogarth Shakespeare Book Discussion and Lecture by David Stradley @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lewes Public Library's 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Hogarth Shakespeare Book Discussion and Lecture by David Stradley @ Lewes Public Library | Lewes | Delaware | United States
  Hogarth Shakespeare Book Discussion: 2:00 p.m. Launched in 2015 by Hogarth Press, the Hogarth Shakespeare project sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today. Join us in a book discussion of the most recent[...]
A Dream Deferred 7:00 pm
A Dream Deferred @ New Castle Public Library
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Childhood Memories of Wartime in London 7:00 pm
Childhood Memories of Wartime in London @ New Castle Court House Museum
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
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Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Dance performance and workshop, and lecture by Dr. James Keegan 4:00 pm
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Dance performance and workshop, and lecture by Dr. James Keegan @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 20 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lewes Public Library's 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Dance performance and workshop, and lecture by Dr. James Keegan @ Lewes Public Library | Lewes | Delaware | United States
  4:00 PM: Dance Performance and Workshop The English Country Dancers at OLLI at UD, a group of 16 dancers wearing period costume, will perform dances of the day for your enjoyment. Audience may participate at[...]
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Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Outdoor performance of As You Like It by Brown Box Theatre Project 7:30 pm
Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Outdoor performance of As You Like It by Brown Box Theatre Project @ Lewes Public Library
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 23 @ 9:30 pm
Lewes Public Library's 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: Outdoor performance of As You Like It by Brown Box Theatre Project @ Lewes Public Library | Lewes | Delaware | United States
  Closing out the 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival: The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s As You Like It. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire,[...]
From Africa to the Americas via Music, Song, Dance, and Stories 11:30 am
From Africa to the Americas via Music, Song, Dance, and Stories @ The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Sep 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: American Indian Women Today 1:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: American Indian Women Today @ The Old State House
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: American Indian Women Today @ The Old State House | Dover | Delaware | United States
As part of the ongoing Lenape Heritage Celebration Month held throughout September, this event focuses on American Indian women, including the author Kay Oxendine of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. She will speak about the traditional roles of[...]
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Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Delaware’s Most Important Site: Bloomsbury and the Survival of the Lenape People 6:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Delaware’s Most Important Site: Bloomsbury and the Survival of the Lenape People @ The Dover Public Library
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Delaware's Most Important Site: Bloomsbury and the Survival of the Lenape People @ The Dover Public Library | Dover | Delaware | United States
As part of the ongoing Lenape Heritage Celebration Month held throughout September: join archaeologist and ethnographer Dr. Cara Blume, as she examines the significance of the Bloomsbury site. This American Indian site gave proof of identity[...]
Literature and Medicine: Bayhealth 6:00 pm
Literature and Medicine: Bayhealth @ Bayhealth Hospital
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration is limited, required, and on a first come, first serve basis.  If interested, please contact Delaware Humanities.  Registration is for all six sessions.  The cost for all six discussion session is $35, which includes six[...]
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For Freedoms Town Hall: Restorative Schools Issue Campaign 5:30 pm
For Freedoms Town Hall: Restorative Schools Issue Campaign @ Kingswood Community Center
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
For Freedoms Town Hall: Restorative Schools Issue Campaign @ Kingswood Community Center | Wilmington | Delaware | United States
Hank Willis Thomas photographed by Andrea Blanch In partnership with Network Delaware, the Delaware Art Museum will present a Town Hall discussion on the Restorative Schools Issue Campaign moderated by exhibiting artist and For Freedoms[...]
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Childhood Memories of Wartime in London 2:00 pm
Childhood Memories of Wartime in London @ Manor House
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 
2018 History Book Festival: Keynote by Blanche Wiesen Cook 7:00 pm
2018 History Book Festival: Keynote by Blanche Wiesen Cook @ Bethel United Methodist Church
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018 History Book Festival: Keynote by Blanche Wiesen Cook @ Bethel United Methodist Church | Lewes | Delaware | United States
The Keynote evening event marks the beginning of the second annual History Book Festival, held in Lewes. The keynote evening is ticketed, featuring author Blanche Wiesen Cook, the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and[...]
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2018 History Book Festival: Author presentations 8:30 am
2018 History Book Festival: Author presentations @ Lewes Public Library and other venues
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
2018 History Book Festival: Author presentations @ Lewes Public Library and other venues | Lewes | Delaware | United States
The second annual History Book Festival will offer 21 free author presentations and discussions which will be held in three different venues in Lewes: Lewes Presbyterian Church, Rollins Community Center, and the Lewes Public Library.[...]
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Growing Up Lenape in Delaware: Lenape Citizens Speak 1:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Growing Up Lenape in Delaware: Lenape Citizens Speak @ The Old State House
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lenape Heritage Celebration Month: Growing Up Lenape in Delaware: Lenape Citizens Speak @ The Old State House | Dover | Delaware | United States
As part of the ongoing Lenape Heritage Celebration Month held throughout September, for the final event, closing out Lenape Heritage Celebration Month, Lenape tribal citizens speak about their experiences with American Indian identity before and[...]
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The Delaware Humanities Speakers program sends scholars, authors, and experts to community groups, organizations, businesses and schools around the state. They provide a broad array of thought-provoking presentations that make culture and Delaware history and community available and accessible to all audiences. Speakers programs make it possible for your organization to access the cultural heritage and diverse history of Delaware, and help us all deepen our understanding of who we are, where we come from, and the many connections that unite us.

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  1. Look through the Speakers Catalog  and select a program. PLEASE NOTE:  Some programs are only for K-12 classrooms, some are not approved for classrooms, and some are for both--be sure to select the appropriate program for your audience/organization.
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  4. Submit the online Speakers Request Form at least four weeks before your program date. If your program is taking place after November 1, 2018, you must wait until after October 1, 2018 to submit your request form.
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Additional Important Information

Additional information about the Speaker process:

1. Applications for speakers will be reviewed in two cycles as follows.  Do NOT submit requests for programs taking place after November 1, 2018 until after October 1, 2018.

Program for dates          Review and approval will begin
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2. An organization can only request in a new cycle if all their program paperwork is complete (grant agreement, payment, audience evaluations from the majority of the audience, program coordinator evaluation) from the previous cycle.

3. The same program can only be requested once in a cycle. For K-12 institutions, the program can be requested once per individual class in an academic year.

4. Organizations will not be limited in the number of requests they can make per cycle. However, as always, when the funds for the speakers program are depleted requests will no longer be approved.  Therefore, do not advertise your programs until they are approved.