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.

From Humble Beginnings: The First Thirty Years of Dover Air Force Base

July 2, 2016 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Michael Leister, Director, Air Mobility Command Museum
In 1940 the City of Dover accepted an offer to build a federally funded airport. In December 1941 the airport became Dover Army Airfield. From anti-submarine patrols in obsolete aircraft to secret rocket testing and fighter pilot training the base flourished until it was closed in 1946. As the Korean War expanded the facility was reactivated and in 1953 it became an airlift base. Today Dover AFB is an indispensable part of our global transportation network, but how it all came about is a fascinating story.

The Cold War's Effect on the Dover Air Force Base and its Surrounding Communities

August 6, 2016 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Eric Czerwinski
Dover Air Force Base has been a cornerstone of Dover, Delaware for over 60 years. What is little understood is the impact the base had on the communities that surround it. The development of Dover and Camden were immeasurably influenced by the growth of Dover AFB during the Cold War years. The need to house airmen and civilians became a driving force in the development of these communities. New subdivisions sprouted up everywhere and for the first time, the commercial focus began its journey from downtown to the strip mall. Learn about how the fabric of Kent County was permanently changed by the growth of Dover AFB during the Cold War period of the 1950s.

Integrating Your Ancestors into Desktop, Mobile and Cloud Technologies

September 3, 2016 - 10:30 a.m..
Presenter: Shamele Jordon
This program will focus on new technologies that have proven to be most useful for genealogy research. Through her own quest for her family’s history, the presenter will discuss how she used new genealogical methods such as desktop applications, cloud technologies, and mobile applications to find information about her ancestors.