The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 16 special programs at sites across the state during October.
A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, programs are free and open to the public.
— Native Ways: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 1, Killens Pond State Park, 5025 KIllens Pond Road, Felton. Demonstrations and activities, presented by archeologists, modern practitioners and historic-site interpreters from The Old State House, showcase ancient technologies and lifeways from Delaware spanning more than 14,000 years. Free with paid park admission fee of $4 per Delaware registered vehicle and $8 per out-of-state registered vehicle. For more, 284-4526.
— “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: William Penn vs Lord Baltimore”: 1 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7, The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Celebrate Dover’s 300th anniversary with a production exploring William Penn’s conflict with Lord Baltimore over ownership of the Delmarva Peninsula. Museum will be open for tours from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more, 744-5054.
— Johnson Victrola Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration — A Diva’s Tale: 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. “From Prima Donnas to Divas: A Victor Creation” examines the female vocalists of the Victor Talking Machine Co. and how they paved the way for the divas of today, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings of those artists played on authentic Victor talking machines. Part of a series of programs celebrating the museum’s creation in 1967. Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, 739-3262.
— Johnson Victrola Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Johnson Victrola Museum. Guided tours explore the museum and its collections during the golden anniversary of its creation in 1967, accompanied by 78-rpm records played on authentic Victor talking machines. For more, 739-3262.
— Concert by Crabmeat Thompson: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, The Old State House. Blues/folk music presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. For more, 744-5054.
— 18th Century Trades Day: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Guests can experience occupations of the 1700s including getting hands dirty with the blacksmith, preserving food in the smokehouse, weaving a rug on a loom and making bricks out of clay. For more 739-3277.
— Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, John Dickinson Plantation. The program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. Museum open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more, 739-3277.
— “Shakespeare, Poe and Friends”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St. Delaware Shakespeare presents readings for the Halloween season. Tickets are $18.50 and available at delshakes.org. For more, 323-4453.
— Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation annual business meeting: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18, The Delaware Room, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover. For more, 736-7417.
— “The Spirit of New Castle Past”: 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 21, New Castle Court House Museum. The play by historic-site interpreter David Price explores historical figures of New Castle’s past who return to tell their stories of conquest, murder, adultery, kidnapping, slavery and revolution. Reservations required at 323-4453.
— Blackbird Creek Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Blackbird Creek Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend. Family-friendly events include outdoor activities, hayrides, display booths, crafts, and programs by historic-site interpreters from the John Dickinson Plantation. For more, 739-6377.
— “Who Did In the Delaware Ducks?”: 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. It is June 1687 and someone has killed Arthur Starr’s ducks. In this historical play, museum guests will meet the suspect and search for clues to help solve the mystery and find a killer. Reservations required by Oct. 20 at 645-1148.
— Lantern tours of the plantation: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, John Dickinson Plantation. Programs will explore the parties, games, dances and entertainment that would have abounded at the plantation during the nighttime in the 18th century. Activities will include wagon-ride guided-tours conducted by staff of the St. Jones Reserve exploring the nocturnal life of the estuary. Reservations required by Oct. 26 at 739-3277.
— William Penn Day: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, New Castle Court House Museum. Day-long series of programs commemorating the 335th anniversary of Penn’s disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in the New World. Activities will include the historical plays “Livery of Seizen” and “The Tryal of William Penn”; a concert by De Blokfluiters recorder/flute ensemble; “Life With Mrs. Penn” presentation; and a baroque harpsichord and flute evening concert. For more, 323-4453.
— Mysteries of History: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 28, Zwaanendael Museum. The walking tour by lead historic-site-interpreter Beth Gott explores the tombstones of St. Peter’s cemetery in Lewes. Reservations required by Oct. 27 at 645-1148.
For more, visit history.delaware.gov/exhibits/calendarofevents.shtml.