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The Lewes Historical Society continues to offer educational and entertaining programs that explore the history of Lewes, and the surrounding area. All of these presentations are open to Society members, residents, and visitors of the Lewes community.

Presentations are held at the Lewes History Museum located at 101 Adams Avenue, Lewes. These events are included with museum admission and do not require a reservation.  Remember, free admission to all LHS museums is a member benefit.

The Life and Art of Jack Lewis

Date: January 11, 2024
Time: 5:00
Presented By: Alan Jensen

Alan Jensen, Lewes History Museum coordinator, will explore the work of Delaware artist Jack Lewis, and his experiences during the Depression era in Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Delaware. Jensen will touch on several key influencers in Lewis’ life, including his work with the Rehoboth Art League and his love and depiction of Delaware’s coast and people. This program will include recollections on pre-recorded video provided by Jack Lewis’ daughter Heather Lewis who resides in Maine and is an artist herself.

Admission is included with museum ticket purchase. Museum entry is free for LHS members.


The Early Use of Radio Communications in Lewes and other Eastern Ports

Date: February 8, 2024
Time: 5:00
Presented By: Fred Dylla
With the turn of the 20 th Century, the populated sections of the US were
accustomed to the 19 th Century inventions of telegraphs and telephones that
provided near instant communications across the land where electrical lines couldbe  strung that carried these signals. 
 
Until the invention of radio we had no means of ship-to-shore communications. That situation changed early in the 20 th Century when Guglielmo Marconi’s invention of radio was first used on vessels with his receivers and transmitters and after large coastal radio stations were installed on the US and UK coasts. Lewes and other eastern US ports were early adopters of this new life-saving technology.

Fred Dylla is a physicist with a long interest in the history of science and technology. Before retiring to Lewes in 2015, he was the Executive Director of the American Institute of Physics. Fred co-moderates the “Science and Society” series at the Lewes Public Library.

 
Admission is included with museum ticket purchase. Museum entry is free for LHS members.


A Culinary History of Southern Delaware

Date: March 14, 2024
Time: 5:00
Presented By: Denise Clemons

Denise Clemons, author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware, Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat will share the origins and development of culinary traditions in the region. She will describe the foodways of the area’s original inhabitants to the influence of early European settlers through the history behind some of the cherished recipes we enjoy today.

Denise Clemons is the archivist for the Lewes Historical Society. 

 

Why Lightning Struck the Courthouse and other Court Quirks

Date: May 2, 2024
Time: 5:00
Presented By: Katherine Henn, Ph.D

Colonists often came to the New World seeking an ideal society. Lewes, that paradise on earth, so rich with nature’s bounty, was the sought after “shining city by the sea”. But it came to pass that not every citizen was an “ideal” one. Soon petitions were being sent for permission and funding for a Court of Law. The Lewes Court heard cases recorded since 1677 while operating under the rules of British Law. The whipping post, that spectator sport and morality teacher, was one popular remedy. Stocks were also handy and effective. Fines and penalties were correctives, but it was the gallows that provided the final solution. The death penalty began in 1662 with the state’s first hanging and that official method of execution lasted until 1986. During the earlier years the Lewes Courts did prosecute some memorable cases that astonish our modern sensibilities.

Katherine Henn is a retired University history professor. She has lectured over the past decade for the LHS and is a current instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Admission is included with museum ticket purchase. Museum entry is free for LHS members.