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Delaware to Celebrate Women’s History Month with Historic Town Square Delaware LIVE Events

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will host two special events in March to commemorate the historical contributions of Delaware women.

The events follow a series of events held in February to celebrate Black History Month. Two of these events have not yet been organized.

All programs are free and open to the public. To learn more about Women’s History Month events or to reserve your spot, visit this link.

Every year National Women’s History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national winners whose work and lives reflect this theme.

For 2022, the theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” a tribute to the “relentless work of caregivers and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and a recognition of the thousands of ways that women across cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history,” the division said in a press release.

Women’s History Month and General History programs taking place throughout March include:
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 4 p.m. — HMS DeBraak
      • The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Zwaanendael Museum virtual program explores the story of the British warship DeBraak which sank off Lewes in May 1798 only to be salvaged by treasure hunters nearly 200 years later . Program broadcast live via Zoom. Registration required. Call 302-645-1148 or send an email to this address.
  • Friday March 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. — Concert by Christine Havrilla
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 5 p.m. — The Different Lives of 18th-Century Delaware Women
      • Virtual program in which lead interpreter Annie Fenimore of the John Dickinson Plantation of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs explains how wealth, race, class and circumstance determined the lives of 18th century women in Delaware . Program broadcast live via Zoom and on the Zwaanendael Museum Facebook page. Zoom recording is recommended. Call 302-645-1148 or send an email to this address.
  • Monday, March 28, 2022 at 12 p.m. — Well-seasoned heirlooms
    • Virtual program in which historic site interpreter Kimberly Fritsch of the New Castle Court House Museum of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs highlights the culinary practices, recipes and personalized cookbooks of women throughout history of Delaware as they speak to us through their food. Cookbooks became a way for women to pass on their heritage and provide insight into what was important in their culture, their daily lives, and even the weather patterns and events of the time. Program broadcast live via Zoom. Registration required. Call 302-323-4453 or send an email to this address.
Other Black History and General History Month programs for the month of February include:
  • Friday, February 25, 2022 – Highlights of African American History in Delaware
      • Video in which Historic Site Interpreter Joan Foster and Senior Interpreter Juliette Wurm of the New Castle Court House Museum of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs bring information from the museum’s exhibit on African-American history to life. American in Delaware. The video includes stories from the Hawkins family, Colored Conventions, Buttonwood and Booker T. Washington schools, and black luminaries from Delaware. The video will be available on the museum’s website Facebook page from February 25, 2022.
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. — Richard Bassett: a quiet patriot
      • Virtual lecture in which Tom Welch, historic site interpreter for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Old State House, discusses the varied career of one of Delaware’s founding fathers, Richard Bassett, including the contributions of the patriot to the political and religious institutions of the First State. Program broadcast live via Zoom and on the museum’s website Facebook page. Zoom recording recommended. Call 302-744-5054 or send an email to this address.
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 2 p.m. — Guided tour of the John Dickinson Plantation African Cemetery
    • The guided tour takes participants to the African cemetery which is considered the final resting place for the enslaved and free black men, women and children who died on the plantation. Guests will discuss with guides the historical context and archaeological research of the site. Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. 2:00 p.m. Visitors should wear clothing that takes current weather conditions into account. Admission is free but reservations are required by calling 302-739-3277.