The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor 11 special programs at sites across the state during the month of November.
Except where noted, programs are free and open to the public.
— “Some Like Classical”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours examine some of Victor Records’ earliest recordings of classical music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. For more, call 739-3262.
— 18th Century Market Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, The Green, Dover. Programs explore an era when The Green served as the focal point of life in Dover as historical interpreters explore the goods, wares and political attitudes of the 1700s. The Old State House will host tours and 18th-century-style demonstrations. First Saturday in the First State event. For more, call 744-5054.
— Concert by Shane Palko: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, The Old State house, 25 The Green, Dover. Alternative-folk music. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. For more, call 744-5054.
— Veterans Walking Tours: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 10, Immanuel Episcopal Church, 100 Harmony St., New Castle. Programs include stories and visits to grave sites of notable New Castle veterans from America’s wars. Presented by the New Castle Court House Museum. Free admission; must register by calling 323-4453.
— Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild: 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. For more, call 739-3277.
— Lecture by U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Manthorpe: 2 p.m. Nov. 10, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. In honor of Veterans Day and the signing of the armistice ending World War I, the program will explore the effects of the Great War on Lewes. Part of “Across the Ages to the Edge of the Sea,” a lecture series exploring the history of the Lewes area from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Free admission; must register by Nov. 9 to 645-1148.
— “Over There and Back Again!”: 2 p.m. Nov. 11, The Old State House. One hundred years ago, World War I came to an end. The war caused significant changes to the U.S. In this first-person interpretation, lead historic-site-interpreter Gavin Malone will portray a WWI veteran discussing the differences in American society between the 1910s and the early 1920s. The program will also feature music of the period. For more, call 744-5054.
— Dutch-American Heritage Day: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Zwaanendael Museum. Celebrate the anniversary of Nov. 16, 1776, when an American warship sailed into the harbor of the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies and was greeted by a friendly salute, the first ever given by a foreign power to the flag of the newly-independent U.S. Activities include Dutch crafts, historical information and “The Golden Rock: The History and Archaeology of St. Eustatius,” a lecture by museum interpreter Fran Mahon at 2 p.m. Free admission; must register for lecture by Nov. 16 to 645-1148.
— Bayberry candle workshops: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17, John Dickinson Plantation. Programs examine bayberries and their use in creating bayberry candles. Presented in partnership with the St. Jones Reserve. Free admission; must register by Nov. 16 to 739-3277.
— “Handmade for the Holidays”: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24, John Dickinson Plantation. Seasonal program in which visitors can create a sachet with herbs and spices. For more, call 739-3277.
— “Hospitality Night”: 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Zwaanendael Museum. Holiday-themed program in which the museum will be decorated for the season by the Sussex Gardeners including luminarias lighting the entrance walkway. Activities will include historical interpreters, demonstrations, music and seasonal refreshments. Presented in partnership with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. For more, call 645-1148.
The Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House, John Dickinson Plantation and the New Castle Court House Museum will be open on Nov. 6, Election Day. The Zwaanendael Museum will be closed Nov. 6
The Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State house, John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and Zwaanendael Museum will be open Return Day, Nov. 8.
The Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State house, John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and Zwaanendael Museum will be open Nov. 12 for Veterans Day.
The Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State house, John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and Zwaanendael Museum will be closed Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen Nov. 23.
For more, visit history.delaware.gov.