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Delaware museums offer special programs during Women's History Month

Harriet Tubman and Underground Railroad program March 1 in Dover
Feb 27, 2014
Source: Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Delaware and Maryland are featured in a special March 1 presentation at The Old State House in Dover.

The museums of the State of Delaware will offer programs during March in commemoration of National Women’s History Month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 302-744-5055.

Each year, National Women’s History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme. For 2014, the theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

Highlights of the month include the presentation of  "The Harriet Tubman Byways" at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Guests will learn about the historical routes in Delaware and Maryland, and the inspirational conductor on the Underground Railroad for whom they are named. Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also on March 1, guided tours examine the glamorous lives of the many female artists of the Victor Talking Machine Company, accompanied by early recordings of those artists played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. The tours take place between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover.

Programs centered around the theme of A Woman's World are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout March at the John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover.

March 5 and 8 programs feature demonstrations of butter making and everyday life on the plantation. On March 12 and 15, visitors can explore the art of paper quilling. March 19 and 22 programs explore the art of letter writing and offer the chance to write an 18th century style letter sealed with wax.

Eighteenth century housekeeping is the subject of the March 26 and 29 programs. For more information, call 302-739-3277.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the state of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality, and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage.

Historic-site interpreters Vertie Lee, left, and Barbara Carrow portray two of the women who lived and worked at the John Dickinson Plantation. (Source: Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs)
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