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Delaware’s November shotgun deer hunting season opens Friday and DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is reminding sportsmen what they need to do to be properly licensed.

History Matters: How the pumpkin became popular

Oct 27, 2017
Cindy Ott

It’s that time of year again – the time for hayrides, pumpkin patches, and pumpkin carving. But among the pumpkin frenzy, not much thought is typically given to the history of the pumpkin itself.

University of Delaware Professor of History and Material Culture Cindy Ott delved into the pumpkin’s complicated past for her book, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon.


For this month’s History Matters, produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly sat down with her to discuss how the pumpkin’s image has shifted over the years from a vegetable of last resort to the pie of preference in many homes for Thanksgiving dinner.


In July, a statewide library consortium was formalized. It included adding a medical library to the public circuit.


Photo courtesy: First State Heritage Park

The First State Heritage Park is putting on its annual fall lantern tour known as “Dark Dover.”

City of Wilmington

Remnants of old horse stables formerly used by Wilmington and New Castle County police will be converted into artist stalls in coming years.

Milford Housing

Manufactured homes – often called mobile homes – aren’t known for their low energy costs. But a new energy net zero Delaware modular home called the ZeMod is hoping to save Delawareans money in the long run.

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Kyle Busch finished strong on the Monster Mile Sunday and walked away the winner in NASACR’s fall race in Dover.

Busch passed Chase Elliot with less than two laps to go to take the “Apache Warrior 400”  for his second straight win in the NASCAR Cup series playoffs.

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Martin Truex Jr. has grabbed the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy “Apache Warrior 400” at Dover International Speedway.

Truex – who won last fall’s race at Dover, posted the top time in qualifying Friday.  He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who was second in qualifying.

The Apache Warrior 400 is the first elimination race in NASCAR Cup series playoffs.  The field of 16 drivers contending for the season title shrinks to 12 following Sunday’s race.  The four drivers lowest in points without a win will be eliminated.

Pamela D'Angelo

For as long as there’s been a Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel at the mouth of the bay, there’s been a gift shop and restaurant perched on an island in the middle of it all. But now that Virginia has broken ground to add a parallel tunnel, the restaurant is about to become history.

History Matters: Historic home makes Airbnb debut

Sep 29, 2017
Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

Many people are likely aware of Airbnb: providing travelers the option to rent a room in someone else’s home – or guesthouse – as opposed to staying in a hotel or traditional bed and breakfast. It’s a popular option across the country, and in the First State.


One Wilmington home listed on Airbnb is also on the National Register of Historic Places – and likely one of the oldest homes remaining in the city, built around 1745. It’s undergone several transformations over the years, but was largely restored to its original state in the 1970s. In 1990, it made the cover of Early American Life magazine.


Last December, the West Center City home was purchased by Jan and Dave Almquist for $99,000. Before putting it on Airbnb this March, they made about $50,000 worth of upgrades.


Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spoke with Jan about the home, and its historical significance.