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Annie Jump Cannon.
Annie Jump Cannon.

Who’s your favorite famed female Delawarean— renowned astronomer Annie Jump Cannon? Perhaps actress Valerie Bertinelli, who was born and grew up in Wilmington?

March is already upon us, and that means it’s National Women’s History Month. To celebrate, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is sponsoring several programs – free and open to the public – this month.

Be sure to check these out (and read about more events here):

Featured opera singer Rosa Ponselle. (Courtesy of DE DHCA)
“Victor” featured opera singer Rosa Ponselle. (Courtesy of DE DHCA)

Saturday, March 7: “The Women Who Influenced Victor”

Tours of the Johnson Victrola Museum feature a special look at the glamorous lives of female artists at the Victor Talking Machine Company. Hear some of their early recordings, too, on authentic Victor Talking Machines.

375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 7: “War of the Roses: The Suffragist Movement in Delaware”

See a living-history theater presentation at the Old State House about Delaware women who were integral to the national suffrage movement.

25 The Green Dover. Programs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

 

John Dickinson Plantation. (Courtesy of DE DHCA)
John Dickinson Plantation. (Courtesy of DE DHCA)

Saturday, March 14: “Pi(e) Day at the Plantation”

Celebrate Pi Day (3/14)  by learning about (and baking!) pie recipes from the 1700s at the John Dickinson Plantation.

340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, March 19: Concert by Celtic Harvest

Presented at the Old State House in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk.

25 The Green, Dover. 7 p.m.

 

Dr. Ruth Mitchell Laws. (Courtesy of DE DHCA)
Dr. Ruth Mitchell Laws. (Courtesy of DE DHCA)

Thursday, March 26: “Outstanding Women of Kent County: A Mother’s Legacy and a Daughter’s Contributions to Community”

As part of the History Coffee-Hour Lecture series, Dr. Cherritta Matthews speaks at the Old State House about the impact of her mother, Dr. Ruth Mitchell Laws, an educator and former vice president of Delaware Technical Community College. Matthews was one of the first students to end segregation at Dover High School in 1954.

25 The Green, Dover. 5:30 p.m.

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