Powerful women are the subject of the First Saturday activities set for March 3 at First State Heritage Park in Dover.
From Cordelia Botkin to Patty Cannon, attendees can explore the historical fascination with these women and their crimes and hear them speak for themselves in “Femme Fatale: Delaware’s Female Murders” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Kent County Courthouse, Courtroom No. 1, 414 Federal St.
Visitors will delve into the life and culture of women in the past, learn about pioneering women in Delaware in “The Fairer Sex: Life as a Woman in the 18th and 19th Centuries” taking place hourly on the half hour from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the John Bell House, 43 The Green. Guests will learn etiquette to be a “proper” lady and partake in a game on surviving the perils of being a woman in the 19th century.
Famous women are the theme for the Biggs Kids program, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St.; and will include creating a portrait of an important woman and a scavenger hunt to learn about women in the Biggs’ collection. At the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., 78-rpm recordings of the “Women of Victor” will be incorporated into guided tours.
The right to vote for women will be featured as a 10:30 a.m. lecture at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., titled “Silent Sentinels,” by Cynthia Newton, as well throughout the day in “The Road to the Vote” — guided tours at the Old State House, 25 The Green. Each will have a specific focus on Delaware women and the passage of the 19th amendment.
Women were innkeepers, political leaders and social figures throughout the history of The Green. Visitors will learn about the lives and contributions of them in the “Women of The Green” Walking Tour, leaving from the John Bell House on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Each month during First Saturdays in the First State, the First State Heritage Park offers a variety of free programs at each of the park’s partner sites, including tours of the two capitol buildings in Delaware’s capital city — The Old State House and Legislative Hall, hourly walking tours leaving from the John Bell House and the monthly “Biggs Kids” program at the Biggs Museum of American Art. Exhibits are also on display at the Delaware Public Archives, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries and the Biggs Museum. Guided tours of Woodburn, the Governor’s House and Courtroom No. 1 of the Historic Kent County Courthouse are also available at select times during the day.
For more, call 739-9194 or visit destateparks.com/heritagepark.