February’s First Saturday in the First State

Date & Time: Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: First State Heritage Park - Dover, Delaware 19901

The First State Heritage Park presents a day of historic tours and exclusive programs. Peel back the layers of time and learn something through the variety of free programs at each of the park's partner sites, including historical theater, hands-on events, tours of historical buildings and monthly lectures. This month's theme: Military Contributions of African Americans

All programs will be drop-in anytime unless otherwise noted.

Biggs Museum Self-Guided Tours
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Permanent collection of American fine and decorative arts and changing exhibitions throughout the year.

First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd N
Begin your journey here! Changing exhibitions and information on statewide attractions, events and activities. All-day free parking.

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Johnson Victrola Museum
Early phonographs and recordings chronicle the developments of the sound recording industry and the achievements of E.R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company.

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
John Bell House - 43 the Green
"An Eagle on his Button and a Musket on his Shoulder"
Come to the John Bell House on The Green to explore the crucial contributions of the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and discover USCT heroes from Delaware who fought to win freedom and equality.

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
"The Dean of Black Politicians" The Life and Work of Herman Holloway
Guided tours at Legislative Hall will explore the life of Herman Holloway, one of Delaware’s most prominent African-American politicians, who served as both a State Representative and State Senator during the 1960's.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour
As a border state, Delaware held a complicated position regarding slavery. Tours led by historical interpreters in period dress begin at the John Bell House on The Green every hour and last approximately 45 minutes.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Delaware Public Archives 121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd N
The Tuskegee airmen of World War II
Presented at the Delaware Public Archives by the Brigadier General Ernest George Talbert (Retired USAF), this program is designed to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, reveal the significance of their achievements and include information about other African-American warriors and civilian aviators.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A Network to Freedom
Guided tours at the Old State House on The Green will examine the events associated with the Underground Railroad that gave the historic capitol credentials to be a part of the National Park Service “Network to Freedom” and share the story of Samuel D. Burris.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Delaware Public Archives, 121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd N
Mabel Lloyd Ridgley Research Room is open.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Evolution of Black Recorded Music: The Roots
This program at the Johnson Victrola Museum looks at spiritual artists like Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson and pre-Jazz artists like James Reese Europe and their roles in laying the foundations for future black musicians. This four-part series spans from the earliest years of the record industry to modern times.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM & 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Legion of Strangers: The Ebony Doughboys Story
Come to the Kent County Courthouse at 38 The Green to learn about the Ebony Doughboys: African-American Soldiers who fought in WWI with the French Foreign Legion. Guided tours available between programs.

Guided Tours of historical buildings include:
Legislative Hall - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Woodburn and Hall House (Governor's House) - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Old State House - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Kent County Courthouse - 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM


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