What do peaches, gunpowder, and Return Day have in common? They’re all part of Delaware’s rich, vibrant history.
Explore these and many other fascinating subjects in Discover Delaware, which is part of Delaware: One State, Many Stories the new core exhibition of the Delaware History Museum and the Center for African American Heritage. Discover Delaware presents the First State’s history across six key subject areas.
Creating an Identity features the people from around the world who have made Delaware their home, from the early Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, and English settlers to modern-day immigrants whose unique heritage, religions, and businesses have made lasting contributions to the state.
Bounty of the Land explores Delaware’s agricultural industry, including the production of grain, peaches, and chickens, and its contributions to feeding the country and the world.
Coastal Delaware examines the impact Delaware’s long coastline had on early settlement, industry, recreation, and the economy. Shipbuilding was an important industry along the coast until the early 1900s. Popular beach resorts began to develop in the mid-1800s.
Urban Industry considers the evolution of industrial development in the Wilmington area from shipbuilding and railroad car construction on Wilmington’s riverfront, manufacturing gunpowder along the Brandywine River, to legislation that made Delaware the legal home of the majority of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies plus several banks and credit card lenders.
Delaware and a Changing Nation explores military service from the American Revolution to modern-day wars and Delawarean’s participation in social movements such as abolition and women’s suffrage.
Famously Delaware tells the multifaceted story of our state’s cultural identity through art, sports, and special events. Features include the Brandywine School of artists, Judy Johnson, NASCAR, Punkin Chunkin, and Return Day.
Discover more beginning on October 1, 2016 when the Delaware History Museum and the Center for African American Heritage are part of a historic block party commemorating the grand opening of the new exhibition. The free and family-friendly event will take place from 10 am – 4pm at 504 North Market Street in Wilmington and will feature fun activities, tours of the new museum, performances, food trucks, music, and much more! To learn more about the Grand Opening Historic Block, click here.
The image above is the corner of 4th and Market Streets in Wilmington looking north, 1928.