Specific event details will be listed as they become available.

These programs are free to the public and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted. The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover, Delaware. For more information contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.

February Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

February 13, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
The February meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization for people who have an interest in genealogy, this group meets every other month at the Delaware Public Archives beginning in October and ending in June. The public is welcome to all meetings and guests are encouraged. Each meeting generally includes a guest speaker and time for sharing genealogical information. The February program speaker will be Syl Woolford. Mr. Woolford’s presentation is titled “African American Genealogy Research Strategies.” This program will explore the bills of sale, manumission deeds, apprenticeship agreements, indenture agreements and Black Codes which are instrumental to finding one’s African American ancestors.

The First Spouse

March 5, 2016 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Newton
Are American First Ladies a cultural mirror reflecting the role and popular perceptions of women of their eras? What happens when they are too outspoken or unconventional? This presentation examines these questions with reference to the White House tenure of Abigail Fillmore, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Ford. Naturally, this program leads to speculation of what will happen to the role of First Spouse when the roles may be reversed and the individual in the position/role is a man.

Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America’s Greatest President.

April 2, 2016 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Kathryn Canavan
This presentation will focus on the assassination of President Lincoln from the perspective of the Petersen family, a Washington D.C. family caught up in the tragedy. The Petersens and their fascinating boarders lived directly across the street from Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. They were aware of information that government officials such as Secretary Edwin Stanton and the Metropolitan Police did not. Just weeks before the assassination, John Wilkes Booth had sat on the same bed where President Lincoln eventually struggled for his life. They were ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary event – the nation’s first presidential assassination.

April Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

April 9, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
The April meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization for people who have an interest in genealogy, this group meets every other month at the Delaware Public Archives beginning in October and ending in June. The public is welcome to all meetings and guests are encouraged. The April program speaker will be Michael Hait, Certified Genealogist. Mr. Hait will be presenting a program titled "Genealogy in Your Genes: Using DNA for Genealogical Research."

"Behind the Scenes" Tour of the Delaware Public Archives

May 7, 2016 - 1:30 p.m.
If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives (DPA) will receive the information that documents these important events. On Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. the staff of the Archives will conduct a tour of this remarkable facility. This annual "behind the scenes" tour of the building, conducted by Tom Summers, Manager of Outreach Services, offers the public a rare opportunity to learn more about the role of DPA, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean.