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History Matters digs into Delaware's past each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.  It's produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society with help from partners at the Delaware Public Archives, Hagley Museum and the Lewes Historical Society

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The Hall of Fame of Delaware Women was established in 1981 by the Delaware Commission for Women with the purpose of recognize the lasting contributions and achievements of Delaware women in a variety of fields.


via Fort Miles Historical Association

In this month’s History Matters – produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society – we check in on work being done at Cape Henlopen State Park to turn Fort Miles into a museum telling its unique World War II era story.

Fort Miles was a key part of the country’s coastal defense of the Delaware River during the Second World War, but by the late 50’s its usefulness had passed and in 1964 - 543 acres of the base were given to the State of Delaware, becoming part of Cape Henlopen State Park. In April 2005, Fort Miles was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In recent years, the Fort Miles Historical Association has worked to create a museum on the site, including procuring a 16 inch gun that was on the USS Missouri the day the Japanese surrendered to end World War II in 1945.  Saturday, a groundbreaking was held for the artillery park that will display that gun and others.   

Earlier this week, we caught up with Fort Miles Historical Association president Gary Wray for an update on their efforts.


In this month’s History Matters, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society, we learn more about another Historical Society whose materials are housed at the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington.

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware was founded in 1974 with the goal of acquiring, preserving, and publishing material pertaining to the history of Jewish settlement and Jewish life in Delaware.

The Jewish Historical Society’s  president, Dan Kristol, and its archivist Gail Pietrzyk join us on this month’s History Matters to discuss the organization's mission and work.


History Matters: Voices of the Elders

Dec 18, 2015


This month’s History Matters - produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society - examines a series of short documentaries about prominent African Americans called Voices of the Elders presented by the Historical Society’s Center for African American Heritage.

History Matters: Brewing beer in Delaware

Oct 30, 2015
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We explore the roots of Delaware's vibrant brewing culture in this month’s edition of History Matters, produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society.

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This month’s History Matters - produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society - offers interviews with this year’s recipients of the Historical Society’s annual Delaware’s History Makers award.

Bryan Stevenson was honored as a Delawarean who changed the course of history. He grew up in Milton and has fought to overturn or reduce death penalty sentences in more than sixty cases.

Courtesy of discoverfreedmen.org

In this month’s History Matters, produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, we dig into efforts to digitize the Freedmen's Bureau. Established in 1865, the Bureau collected reams of documents about freed slaves, including who someone's master had been and where they had lived. But until now, those important documents have only existed on paper.

 


  

 

When the Supreme Court ruled in June that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the decision effectively ended the country’s patchwork system regarding gay marriage. Although legal in Delaware since 2013, married gay couples in the First State faced the uncertainty of not knowing if their marriage would still be legal if they decided to move or even visit another state.  

Gay rights have progressed at such lightning speed in recent years; it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always the case. 

History Matters: Delaware's Gay Beach

Jul 24, 2015

In the first of this month’s two part History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society and other history organizations in the First State, we offer you an oral history of the LGBTQ community’s roots in Rehoboth. In part two next week, we’ll examine how that history served as the foundation for efforts to establish equal rights for that community in the First State.

 


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They’re called Delaware’s Forgotten Folks.

 

In the second part of a two-part History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, we continue our in-depth look at the Nanticoke Tribe.


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