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Check Out What’s Going on Around the State
……………………………………November 6 – December 4
Milton Arts Guild Exhibit “Art is a Gift”More>> ……………………………………. November 8
Opening Reception for the Milton Arts Guild Exhibit “Art is a Gift” – 5:00 – 7:00 pmMore>> ……………………………………. December 3
JFK-themed Bus Trip to the Newseum and Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC.…………………………………… December 7
Milton Historical Society Holiday PartyMore>> …………………………………….
Holly Festival and Holiday House Tour in Milton………………………………….. .
New Partnership: the Milton Historical Society and Delmarva Historic Haunts
The Milton Historical Society is pleased to announce their partnership with local paranormal investigation team, Delmarva Historic Haunts (DHH). Beginning this fall, the museum will host DHH’s CEO Rick Coherd for a Paranormal 101 Class on Friday, Sept. 27th from 7:30-9 ($15 per person). If you have always been curious about the paranormal or are interested in learning more about it, you will want to attend this engaging program.
In 2014, Rick and his team of “parahistorians” will begin an investigation of several buildings throughout the town. He is interested to see if the history of the town will “talk back.” Stay tuned for more exciting events to happen!
To learn more about Rick and Delmarva Historic Haunts, visit their website: www.delmarvahistorichaunts.com
Milton Historical Society Announces Appointment of New Director
The Board of Trustees of the Milton Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Schell as its new Director.
Ms. Schell completed her Masters degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC in May. Her Bachelors degree is in American History from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Wherever Ms. Schell has lived and studied, she has delved into the local history through study and work at a wide variety of museums and historical sites gaining a broad range of experience. While living near Washington, DC, Allison was a docent at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, worked in development at the National Women’s History Museum, catalogued the work of Quita Brodhead, a prominent Pennsylvania artist, and interned at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. As an undergraduate, Allison interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and she even volunteered while studying abroad at the Strangers’ Hall Museum in Norwich, UK. Allison now resides in Milton.
You can read more about her in a recent article by the Delaware Coast Press: http://
Online exhibit of the Button Cutting Industry in Milton
Have you ever considered what it takes to make mother-of-pearl buttons? Most modern buttons are produced in high tech factories yet not long ago buttons were handcrafted in a labor intensive process that was truly global. The town of Milton, Delaware once was a hub of the button cutting industry. The Milton Historical Society recently documented this unique industry in an online exhibit and digital kiosk in the Lydia Black Cannon Museum. This project was funded with generous grants from the Delaware Humanities Forum and the Longwood Foundation.
Click here to learn more. Or during your next visit to the museum try your hand at the new touch screen display.
Historical Society Completes $150,000 Challenge Drive
The Milton Historical Society successfully collected $150,000 in pledges to match Tom Draper’s $150,000 challenge. The establishment of an endowment ensures the institution’s long-term success. A small percentage of the fund’s income will be used for annual operating expenses with the principal remaining untouched. Donations towards the endowment are still gratefully accepted: Milton Historical Society, P. O. Box 112, Milton, DE 19968.For more information contact us at 302-684-1010 or email@example.com
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED TO THE ENDOWMENT!
In 2011 the Board of Trustees drafted a strategic plan to help tackle long-term challenges such as: expanded exhibition and storage space for the growing artifact collection, funding conservation of the existing building and collections, and expansion of our school and adult educational programs.
Grants awarded 2007–2012
Longwood Foundation ($7700-2011) for development of exhibit on button making
Delaware Humanities Forum ($7000-2011) for digitization/development of exhibit on button making
Carl M. Freeman Foundation ($5000 FACES grant-2010) for development of an experience based walking tour for Sussex County children in grades 3-8
Delaware Humanities Forum ($4400-2008/2009) for development of audio walking tour
Sussex County Council ($16,000-2008) Community Development Funds
Recipient of Connecting to Collections Bookshelf from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program recipient ($6540-2008) to conduct a conservation assessment of the collections and the building.
Town of Milton ($5000-2008) toward Speaker series, special exhibitions, and education programs/ ($1000-2009) toward exhibition programming
Grant in Aid ($1500-2007) toward 200th anniversary events and special exhibitions/ ($1400-2008) toward exhibition and cultural tourism expenses
Sussex County Council ($1000-2007)/($1000-2008)/ ($1000-2009)($2000-2012) Human Services Grant for support of teen and school programs
Delaware Museum Association ($360-2007) for the purchase of a network upgrade for PastPerfect software/ ($234-2009) for the purchase of an additional data logger and a light meter/ ($500-2010) to hire a cataloguer for the summer in partnership with the Lewes Historical Society and Rehoboth Beach Historical Society
New Milton History Arrives in time for 200th anniversary
It Began With A River: an illustrated history of Milton and Broadkill Hundred, by Joana S. Donovan, has arrived. Only 1,000 will be sold. Cost is $35/copy with proceeds to benefit the Milton Historical Society. Get your copy today! Complete the order form or phone in your credit card order to 302-684-1010.
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