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Zwaanendael Museum offers 'The Environment in Colonial Delaware' April 5

Programs throughout month feature Dutch-American connection
Apr 01, 2014
Courtesy of: Permanent collection of the University of Delaware. "Landing of the DeVries Colony at Swaanendael, Lewes, Delaware 1631” by Stanley M. Arthurs.

During April, the Zwaanendael Museum at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes will present four special programs on Delaware history. All programs listed are free and open to the public. For more information, call 302-744-5055.

The museum will present “The Environment in Colonial Delaware” at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5. This is a lecture by historic-site interpreter Alan Roth held in commemoration of Earth Day. Due to space restrictions, reservations are required; call the museum at 302-645-1148 no later than Wednesday, April 2.

Delaware’s longstanding connection to the Netherlands, which stretches back in time to the state’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631 in present-day Lewes, will be explored in three programs that will take place throughout the month. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, April 10 to 12, the museum will feature Dutch games, crafts and a display of Delftware ceramics as part of the Lewes Tulip Festival, a citywide series of activities celebrating Lewes’ Dutch roots.

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19, the museum will celebrate Dutch-American Friendship Day which commemorates April 19, 1782, the day that John Adams, who would later become the second president of the United States, was received by the States General in The Hague and recognized as minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America. It was also the day that the house he had purchased at Fluwelen Burgwal 18 in The Hague was to become the first American embassy in the world.

Finally, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26 , the museum will present King’s Day, a celebration of the birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands including the presentation “From Koninginnedag to Koningsdag: A Transition in the Dutch Royal House of Orange” at 2 p.m.

For more information about other events through June, call 302-645-1148.

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