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.

2014 Events

August 2, 10:30 a.m.

The History of Farming in Delaware
Presenter: Ed Kee

Farming and its related agricultural industries have been a major force in the social, cultural, and economic history of Delaware. Today agriculture remains the state’s largest industry, generating over $1 billion in income from a wide array of crops, poultry, and livestock, multiplying the economic impact through the economy with associated goods and services. The presenter, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, will discuss the rich history and tradition of Delaware farming and the major role it has played in the progress and evolution of the First State.

October 4, 10:30 a.m.

The Lincolns: Portrait of a Family
Presenter: Daniel Pritchett

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd seemed at first glance to have nothing in common. Yet, they made a marriage that was probably the most consequential in American history, as they came to the White House in the midst of the country's greatest crisis. This talk will look back at this improbable pair, their four sons, and the heartbreaking series of tragedies that struck the family before, during, and after the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in 1809 and his son died in a mansion 117 years later. In those years, the country had come a long way. But no family had paid a more dramatic price in suffering and tears along that road.

October 11, 2:00 p.m.

October Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

The October meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, October 11, 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.

November 1, 10:30 a.m.

Digital Genealogy Organization: Baby Steps toward a Manageable System.
Presenter: Leah Youse

Are your digital genealogy files all over the place? Have you discovered a record for your ancestor, twice? Librarian Leah Youse will provide some tips on developing methods of arrangement in Digital Genealogy Organization: Baby Steps toward a Manageable System. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been conducting online research for years, this lecture will provide ideas to take your organizational system to the next level. Youse will focus on managing files and folders, email, and research, including a brief discussion on easing the burden with software.

December 13, 2:00 p.m.

December Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

The December meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, December 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