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.

The Life and Times of Ann Moore Ridgely

October 3, 2015 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Susanne Fox
This program focuses on Ann Moore Ridgely, a most unusual woman who lived in Dover from 1775 until 1810 when she died. Ridgely was a wife, mother, plantation manager, widow, and member of the Dover community. She was married to Dr. Charles Ridgely who died in 1785 leaving her with five young children whom she reared by herself. This program is based on over 800 family letters housed in the Delaware Public Archives.

Justice Randy J. Holland to speak on Magna Carta

October 7, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland will speak at the Delaware Public Archives on Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., on the topic of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, the so-called Great Charter of 1215, which serves as the foundation for both the British and American systems of government. Justice Holland is the editor of the book, Magna Carta, Muse and Mentor, published in 2014 by the Library of Congress and Thomson Reuters to commemorate the anniversary. Among the book’s authors are Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other eminent British and American jurists and legal scholars. As Justice Roberts noted in his foreword to the book, “Whether King John and the barons knew it or not, the events at Runnymede 800 years ago marked the commencement of a social transformation. Magna Carta laid a foundation for the ascent of liberty and the rule of law.” Justice Holland’s talk is the final event in a day of activities marking the 110th anniversary of the establishment of the Delaware Public Archives. Copies of Justice Holland’s book will be available for purchase at the event and he will sign copies for those wishing to have him do so.

October Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

October 10, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
The October meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, October 10, 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.