The Delaware Historical Society is pleased to announce the successful completion of the $6.8 million Sesquicentennial Campaign: Ensuring a Future for Delaware’s Past. The physical improvements to the historical society’s Old Town Hall and the Delaware History Museum as well as the construction of the two-story glass connector support a compelling, comprehensive history-education program that provides Delawareans and all visitors with greater access to and engagement with their history. New education programs, more objects on exhibition, the state’s new Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, updated classrooms, other re-purposed spaces, and a core exhibition on Delaware’s rich and fascinating history – Delaware: One State, Many Stories – have been completed as a result of the successful campaign.

The following is an overview of the improvements:

  • Construction of a connector between Old Town Hall and the Delaware History Museum for full access to Old Town Hall and the reconfigured Delaware History Museum (Old Town Hall now provides multi-purpose space for rotating exhibitions and new education programs);
     

Market Street View; Photo © 2015 Todd Mason, Halkin | Mason Photography LLC
© 2015 Todd Mason, Halkin | Mason Photography LLC

 

  • The Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, featuring dedicated space for presenting the contributions of African American Delawareans to the state’s historical record;
     
  • New mechanical and electrical systems in Old Town Hall to bring the historic building back online.  The building’s spaces have been re-purposed to support mission-related rotating exhibitions and education programs;
     
  • New visible collections gallery, additional exhibition space and re-purposed classrooms to engage young and old alike with Delaware history; and
     
  • Improvements to the Copeland Room, a multi-purpose, large assembly space for public programs.

 

Images by DIGSAU

  Poole Gallery, 1st Floor, Old Town Hall   Connector   Copeland Room  
  Poole Gallery, 1st Floor Old Town Hall   Connector   Copeland Room  
 

“This is a pivotal time for the Delaware Historical Society. Years of planning coincided perfectly with the historical society’s 150th anniversary.  The impact of the renovations is truly transformational. The visitor experience is enhanced greatly by the many improvements made possible by our generous donors,” stated Linda Boyden, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
 

The Delaware Historical Society is deeply grateful
to its many friends and supporters for their generous investment
in The Sesquicentennial Campaign

Investors in The Sesquicentennial Campaign

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

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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.