Some 348 African-American Delawareans from the state’s three counties served on U.S. naval vessels during the Civil War, and some of their ships were built in the First State. On Friday, February 21, The Lewes Historical Society will hear the stories about black Delawareans who assisted the Union Army on inland waters, captured blockade runners from the Bahamas, and chased Confederate raiders at sea. “Sail and Steam with African-American Delawareans in the Union Navy” will be presented by African American historian Dr. Peter Dalleo. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Lewes History, formerly known as the Journal of The Lewes Historical Society, is an annual publication that delves into Lewes’s eventful past from prehistoric Native Americans to Lewestowners of the 20th century. The Lewes Historical Society is proud to announce the release of the 2013 Lewes History, Volume XVI.
It is the perfect time of year to come to Lewes to enjoy The Lewes Historical Society’s Cannonball House Maritime Museum and Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop. January presents new winter hours for both buildings. Through March 31, the Cannonball House Maritime Museum will be open on Sundays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The Ryves Holt House will be open Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
War letters, first-hand accounts from the front lines, provide a unique window from a military man’s or woman’s perspective. They become a primary source material. Preserving such priceless correspondence as social history for future generations will be the topic of author-journalist Nancy E. Lynch when she presents “Preserving War Letters: Touchstones of Time.” at the January 17 program for The Lewes Historical Society. Underwritten by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, her presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Lewes, Delaware – the Birthplace of Delaware – has had many accolades over the years: it is widely noted for its beautiful architecture, sense of community, appreciation of its past and thriving business community set into the historic fabric of its downtown. Named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations, Lewes is truly a jewel in both Delaware’s and preservation’s crown.
Lynda A. Messick, left, President & CEO of Community Bank Delaware, presents a check to Barb Shelton, middle, Development Assistant of The Lewes Historical Society and Mike DiPaolo, right, Executive Director of The Lewes Historical Society for $3,000 to support the Society's Christmas Tour of Lewes. "We are very grateful for Community Bank’s support of the Society. There will be nine private houses throughout historic Lewes on the December 7th tour, along with the Society’s properties and several other festive locations.