Preservation & Conservation
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.
On June 3, 2015, the Zwaanendael Club graciously transferred the deed of the Zwaanendael Clubhouse at 302 Savannah Road in Lewes to The Lewes Historical Society for $1.00.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean Kissane, an archives volunteer of The Lewes Historical Society, enters the 15,000th catalog entry in The Lewes Historical Society’s Past Perfect collections database, on October 28, 2013. The entry is of a photographic negative of a March 1960 Beebe Hospital Capping Ceremony from the collection of Colonel Riley E.
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.
This workshop is sponsored by The City of Lewes Historic Preservation Commission to assist Lewes property owners who are preserving and rehabilitating their historic buildings. Both interior and exterior renovation projects of contributing structures may qualify for Delaware and/or federal tax credits.
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.