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History Matters

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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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History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

This month’s History Matters visits the Delaware Historical Society's exhibit "Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware."

Delaware Public Media

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

August’s History Matters visits the Legacy of Currier and Ives exhibit currently on display at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

Delaware Public Media

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

July’s History Matters examines the history of the Rehoboth Art League and the historic Peter Marsh House that it occupies.

Delaware Public Media

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

June’s History Matters explores the history of the Wilmington's Old Town Hall and its role within the city.

Delaware Public Media

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

April’s History Matters focuses on the John Dickinson Plantation, the Delaware home to a signer of the Constitution.

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

Some of the most picturesque spots in Delaware can be found in its state parks. But there’s more to many of Delaware State Parks than just their scenery and recreational value. Some also have very interesting histories attached to them - including three that are centered around man made mill ponds in each county; Lums Pond in New Castle, Killens Pond in Kent, and Trap Pond in Sussex.

In this month’s “History Matters”, Delaware Public Media's Ben Szmidt examines the unique back stories connected to these three state parks .

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

From sets of fine china to war-torn relics, each item in the Delaware Historical Society’s diverse collection represents a piece of Delaware’s history. Sometimes, however, the precise history of an item is unknown—until a new clue emerges.

When Delaware Historical Society member Paul Preston Davis purchased a Civil War photograph of the First Delaware Regiment color guard, Davis wondered what clues the image might offer: Who were the men in the photo? When was the photo taken? And most importantly, could the flags in the photo be the same tattered flags held in the Delaware Historical Society archives?

This month's History Matters chronicles the efforts of Davis and his friend Andy McKay to connect the photograph and the flags, and start to solve this historical puzzle.

“History Matters” digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

In this month's History Matters, Delaware Public Media and the Delaware Historical Society offer another view of the former Civil War prison as part of the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States: one from those who were actually there.

Delaware Public Media

"History Matters" digs into the Delaware Historical Society's archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

This month, in recognition of Black History Month, "History Matters" examines the life and legacy of Wilmington baseball great Judy Johnson, who died in 1989.

Delaware Public Media

Each month, "History Matters" digs into the Delaware Historical Society's archives to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

Delaware Public Media examines the Delaware Historical Society's collection of 250 Civil War era envelopes and stationery.

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