To better serve our researchers, the Delaware Historical Society Research Library will be closed from Tuesday, January 3-Friday, March 3, 2017 for reorganization. While staff will be unable to accept online research requests during this period, researchers will still be able to access our online catalog, Ask CaesarFor your convenience, the library will remain open at the following times:

Mondays- 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   |   Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and continued interest in the Delaware Historical Society.  Our library staff looks forward to serving you when we resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 6, 2017.

The Delaware Historical Society continues to make history all year long - click here for current news!

Never Caught

Educational Programs

Sign up for the Delaware Historical Society's E-Bulletin!



This Month in Delaware History

Click here for past listings -

Machine shop at Delaware State College, ca. 1900. DHS Collection SCH52

In early February, 1892 the State College for Colored Students- today’s Delaware State College - first opened its doors to students in Dover, Delaware.  Five courses were offered which led to a Bachelor’s Degree: Agriculture, Chemistry, Classical, Engineering, and Science.

Image: Machine shop at Delaware State College, ca. 1900. DHS Collection SCH52


Object of the Month

Click here for past listings -

Our February Object of the Month is a framed, oil on canvas painting entitled “Janet’s Garden”, painted circa 2000 by Delaware Artist Edward L. Loper, Sr. It measures  27 ¼ inches high by 33 ¼ inches wide. The scene is of a garden kept by the artist’s wife Janet at their home on Wilson Road in northern Delaware. We see a lush green landscape with a brick path and statue visible in the foreground. A fence and white-painted building are visible in the left background. Also displayed here is a palette used by Loper. It measures 10 ¾ inches high by 15 ¾ inches wide. Loper personally gifted the palette to the Delaware Historical Society. An extensive manuscript collection documenting Loper’s life and career are housed for public access in the DHS Research Library. A number of paintings are also in the DHS Museum Collection. Read more.




Delaware History Museum   |  Mitchell Center for African American Heritage   |   Old Town Hall   |   Research Library   |   Willingtown Square    |   Read House & Gardens  

(302) 655-7161
505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
copyright 2016
The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community.