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Maritime Museum Gallery Named in Memory of Capt. George M. Elliott

This summer, The Lewes Historical Society honored the memory of Capt. George M. Elliott, past president of the Society, in recognition of his generous bequest to the Society's Endowment Fund. During a beautiful reception at the Cannonball House Lewes Maritime Museum, the Society unveiled a plaque naming one of the galleries in the museum in George's honor.  George had numerous accomplishments during his presidency including establishing the Society's Journal and hiring the organization's first full time Executive Director.


The Ryves Holt House Included in First State National Historical Park

On December 30, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Russ Smith of the National Park Service, and Mike DiPaolo of The Lewes Historical Society presented at a press event regarding the First State National Historical Park- which now includes the Ryves Holt House.

“We’re looking forward to having a dialogue with the National Park Service, how we can be involved and what we can do to bring Delaware’s story to our Nation’s attention,” says LHS Executive Director Mike DiPaolo.


The Lewes Historical Society Houses a Copy of the Delaware Newspaper Project

One of four complete copies of the Delaware Newspaper Project was recently transferred from Delaware Technical & Community College to the resource facilities in the Hiram Rodney Burton House in Lewes at The Lewes Historical Society, where a microfilm reader allows for easy accessibility and in-house printing.  In addition to the Delaware Newspaper Project, The Lewes Historical Society also holds editions from two former Lewes newspapers, The Breakwater Light and Delaware Pilot, going back to the 1870s.


Lewes Historical Society to Honor Four on April 11

The Lewes Historical Society is set to honor four outstanding preservationists this year at the Lewes Historic Preservation Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Burton Builders. U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper will offer remarks regarding the importance of historic preservation.  The awards luncheon begins at 12:00pm on, Friday, April 11 at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in the second floor banquet room.  Tickets are $20 per person.  Reservations are required by April 7, 2014 to 302-645-7670.


Nominations are invited for The Lewes Historical Society’s Preservation Awards

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.


A Lewes Historical Society Recent Acquisition: Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Lantern

Bob Savage -- a Cape Henlopen High School graduate, resident of Milford and descendant of Floyd Savage, a keeper of Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse off Lewes's coast -- donated this circa 1908 lantern from the lighthouse to the Society on Friday, October 4, 2013. This lantern would have been fueled by oil and provided the light that would have been visible for nearly 18 miles for mariners traveling to or near the Delaware Capes.


Grant Funds the Restoration of Drum Head from Boys’ Brass Band of Lewes

The Lewes Historical Society was recently able to restore a bass drum head, once used by the Boys’ Brass Band of Lewes (c. 1907-1914).

The drum head is part of The Lewes Historical Society collections.  It was in overall poor condition, prior to its restoration.  However, with grant funding and help from Linda Lennon, an objects conservator in private practice located in Newark, Delaware, the drum head was safely repaired to a stable state.

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