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Great Seal of Delaware (1911)On January 17, 1777,  the Great Seal of the State of Delaware was first adopted. The state’s motto “Liberty and Independence” serves as the foundation of the central Coat of Arms on the seal. The motto was created by descendants of American Revolutionary War Officers in Delaware, known as the Order of the Cincinnati. Symbols for all three Delaware counties and for the lifeblood of the state’s coastal commerce and transportation, the Delaware River, are displayed prominently in the seal.  Read more.


Object of the Month

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pin_Votes for Women_DHS CollectionsAs World War I raged in Europe, it also changed the world by injecting new energy into a different fight: the fight for women’s suffrage. Although this struggle had been a long-running one, home front wartime footing allowed women to assume public responsibility in new ways, not only as community organizers and volunteers for the war effort but also as part of the work force in factories and other traditionally male arenas. This situation would ultimately help to give the suffrage cause a much-needed push.

This month’s featured object, a pin from the Women’s Political Union dating from circa 1910-1916, is a survivor from these turbulent times and a reminder of just how much the world was beginning to change. Read more.


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