What’s in your attic?
The Historical Society is looking for everyday objects that we can include as a part of our special Show & Tell collection. A turtle fishing net from your childhood, the paddle your grandfather made scrapple with, a tool you used to shoe horses… the kinds of items that help us understand our everyday history.
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Four Centuries in Milton
Discover Milton’s history… explore daily life through four centuries of photos, paintings, maps and documents. Our permanent exhibit panels feature an overview of Milton’s history, beginning with the Native Americans who lived here before the arrival of European settlers. The exhibit highlights Milton’s heyday as a shipbuilding center and offers a snapshot of Milton from the Civil War through the 1960s.
Adding to our Collection
With the reopening of the museum, the MHS is now encouraging gifts of objects and paper items that illuminate our understanding of the heritage of Milton and Broadkill Hundred. We are especially seeking items in three areas where the collection is lacking:
- Objects from the Native American presence along the banks of the Broadkill prior to European settlement
- Photographs, documents or objects that increase our understanding of African American heritage from the earliest settlement period through the mid-20th century
- Objects or documents from the 18th to early 19th centuries
We are also seeking everyday objects — the sort of thing that may not seem very important at first glance, but that can help a museum visitor understand the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Finally, letters; family photographs and family histories; photographs and postcards of houses, streets and domestic interiors; legal documents such as surveys and deeds; and material from schools, congregations, businesses, and early clubs and social organizations are all very important to the Historical Society.
Following the newly approved Collection Management Policy, the Collection Committee will review all potential gifts. For a copy of the Collection Management Policy, please contact the Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-684-1010.