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Charles Lindbergh with Emily Bissell, Oct. 22, 1927. DHS Collection AVN25In late October of 1927, the City of Wilmington, Delaware became one of a small number of cities in the United States to welcome famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Earlier that year, on May 10, Lindbergh became the first person to solo a nonstop TransAtlantic flight. His fame for the feat was enormous. On Friday, October 21, 1927, Lindbergh touched down at DuPont Airfield in the Spirit of St. Louis, the same custom built, single engine, single seat monoplane he used to fly to Paris from New York. He came to Wilmington as part of a national tour organized by the Guggenheim Foundation for the promotion of aeronautics. The DuPont Airfield was chosen in appreciation for the dedication of its builder and owner, Henry Belin du Pont to the advancement of aviation. The airfield was located near the convergence of Kennett Pike (Route 52) and Route 141, near Greenville at the site of today’s Barley Mill Plaza. Read more.


Object of the Month

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WWI Gold Star service banner for Richard Foulke Day

This month’s featured object may be unfamiliar to many civilians, but for those in the military community, it represents a longstanding tradition with roots at the beginning of World War I. For roughly a century, military families in Delaware and across the country have displayed vertical banners in their windows with blue or gold stars, signifying the service of a loved one in the United States armed forces. Read more.


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