This month’s First Saturday in the First State program, set for April 7 at First State Heritage Park, Dover, will be about Delaware’s farms and forests.
Participants will be able to visit Delaware Public Archives, Johnson Victrola Museum, Kent County Courthouse, Legislative Hall, Old State House and Woodburn & Hall House, for the guided tours and special programs.
Admission to park sites and programs is free. Centrally located free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N.
Activities set for April’s First Saturday in the First State program:
— “From Woods to Farm: How to Survive in the American Colonies”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover. Participants will learn how primitive survival skills lead to establish agriculture and society and learn how the early American Colonists learned to survive in the New World. Primitive Skills expert Jeff Moore will be on hand to teach primitive survival skills.
— Guided Tours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave., Dover. A guided tour of the state capitol building. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.
— “Songwriting: Poetry through Music”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. In celebration of National Poetry Month, guided tours will highlight the songwriters of the Victor Talking Machine Co. Participants will hear their music on authentic talking machines.
— Biggs Kids – Popsicle Barn: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover. Celebrate Delaware’s agricultural history by making a Popsicle stick barn. Don’t forget to try the monthly scavenger hunt through the museum.
— Prohibition in the First State: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Old State House Museum, 25 The Green, Dover. Tours will examine the ratification of the 18th Amendment, its enforcement, its impacts on Delawareans and its eventual repeal through the ratification of the 21st Amendment.
— “If These Trees Could Talk” Walking Tour: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., John Bell House. Participants will travel around The Green and experience natural history, tree identification and hear some events to which these trees have borne witness. Last tour at 3 p.m.
— Tours of the Governor’s House: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Woodburn – The Governor’s House, 151 Kings Highway, Dover. Participants can enjoy guided tours of the official residence of Delaware’s governor since 1965 and Hall House, the governor’s guest house.
— The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: 10:30 a.m., Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover. Presented by the Rev. Dr. John Moore Sr. in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination in 1968, this program will focus on King’s life from his youth in Georgia, his years as the leader of the civil rights movement, acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize and his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
— Anniversary rededication: 11 a.m. Johnson Victrola Museum.
— “The Once and Future Courthouse”: 1:30 to 4 p.m., Historic Kent County Courthouse, Courtroom 1, 38 The Green, Dover. Attendees should meet on front steps. From the 1690s to the present, attendees will learn how this site went from a courthouse to a hotel and back. Last tour will be at 4 p.m.
For more, call 739-9194 or visit destateparks.com/heritagepark.