The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor events, including nine winter-holiday-themed activities, during November and December.
A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, programs are free and open to the public.
— Hospitality Night — Victorian Yuletide Celebration: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 30, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. The museum will be decorated for the season by the Sussex Gardeners including luminarias lighting the entrance walkway. Activities will include historical interpreters, demonstrations, music and seasonal refreshments. For more, 645-1148.
— Concert by the Honey Badgers: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Folk music duo. Presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk and the First State Heritage Park. For more, 744-5054.
— “Delaware’s State Constitution”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, The Old State House. Guided tours explore the Delaware State Constitution of 1792 which changed the Delaware State to the state of Delaware. For more, call 744-5054.
— 2017 Holiday Open House at Woodburn: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Woodburn: The Governor’s Residence, 151 Kings Highway SW, Dover. The home of Delaware’s governor will be decorated for the holidays and open for guided tours. For more, call 739-5656.
— “Tour Zwaanendael Museum”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Zwaanendael Museum. Enjoy the museum’s festive holiday-décor created by the Sussex Gardeners. Event held in conjunction with the Lewes Historical Society’s Christmas Tour of Lewes. For more, call 645-1148.
— Johnson Victrola Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: A Country Tale: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Program explores Victor Records’ early recordings of country music, accompanied by 78-rpm records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Must register: 739-3262.
— “Handmade for the Holidays”: 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Seasonal program in which visitors can design a tile for the holidays. For more, call 739-3277.
— “Fully, Freely and Entirely— Becoming the First State”: 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9, meets at John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover. Historical theater production based on Delaware Day, the date when Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 7, 1787. Sponsored by the First State Heritage Park and presented in the candlelit Old State House. Admission $10. Must register: 739-9194.
— Delaware Day Awards Ceremony: 10 a.m. Dec. 9, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover. Event honors participants in the Delaware Department of State's 16th annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition which challenges students to create displays that help illustrate and explain the U.S. Constitution and the role played by Delawareans in the writing and ratification of the nation's founding document. 744-5000.
— Buena Vista Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Buena Vista: A Delaware Country Estate, 661 S. Dupont Highway, New Castle. One-day-only event featuring self-guided tours of one of Delaware’s most historic homes decorated for the holidays plus crafts and other activities for children and adults, refreshments and a book drive hosted by the University of Delaware Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Guests are encouraged to bring books to benefit local schools through Read>Lead>Achieve! 323-4430.
— Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9, John Dickinson Plantation. Program explores spinning, weaving, knitting and other fabric arts. 739-3277.
— “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat, Part Two” 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Zwaanendael Museum. Lecture by historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter on the glory days of the American whaling industry (1783–1861). Part three of “Global to Local: International Events and the First State,” a six-part series exploring how world events impacted Delaware’s history. Free; must register by Dec. 8: 645-1148.
— “Handmade for the Holidays”: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Seasonal program in which visitors can create a gift tag with paper quilling. 739-3277.
— “Handmade for the Holidays”: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 23. Seasonal program in which visitors can design a holiday card with stencils. 739-3277.
All Delaware state museums — the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum — will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2018.
For more, visit history.delaware.gov/exhibits/calendarofevents.shtml.