Small Museum of the Month: The Delaware Historical Society
Our featured small museum this month is the Delaware Historical Society, located on Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware. The DHS consists of the Delaware History Museum, Research Library, Read House & Gardens, Old Town Hall, Wilmington Square, and the new Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage.
Founded in 1864, the Delaware Historical Society’s purpose is to reflect the changing society and evolution of publish history. The non-profit organization preserves, explore and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture, to strengthen the community.
Within the Delaware History Museum are two current exhibits, one on the stories of Delawareans, entitled Delaware: One State, Many Stories and the others of African American experience in Delaware called *Journey to Freedom*. An additional rotating exhibition opened in November of 2017, and is titled The First State at the Front: commemorating World War I and Delaware’s participation at home and on the warfront.
The Read House & Garden, separately located from the Delaware History Museum, is centered in old New Castle, Delaware. The house, designed for George Reed II in 1804, exemplifies the federal period style, and the formal outer gardens were installed in 1848 for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
Visit their website, http://www.dehistory.org/ today to see the hours for each building, events, and additional information about the Delaware Historical Society.