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For more information contact 302-684-1010.

January 2014

Underground Railroad Coalition Annual “Research Jam”
When
: Monday, January 27th at 6:30 pm
Where: Milton Historical Society, 210 Union Street Milton, DE
Admission: Free and open to the public!

RSVPs are recommended but not required.

Did you know that Delaware played a large role in the Underground Railroad? Come learn about the latest in research on the Underground Railroad at the URC’s “Research Jam.” Speakers will talk for 10 minutes about their current or future projects. Light refreshments will  

 

Delmarva Roots Film Series
Film: “Shored Up” 2013 (more info here.)
When:  Friday, January 31, 2014 - Doors open at 6:15pm; Film starts at 7pm; afterwards Q&A with the film’s director, Ben Kalina.
Where:  Milton   Fire Hall, 116 Front St., Milton, DE.
Admission*: $5 adults; $3 children 12 and under

This month, we will be showing Shored Up, a 2013 critically acclaimed documentary about coastal communities located along the east coast that asks tough questions about coastline development and the environment, especially after Hurricane Sandy. This film will be done in co-sponsorship with the Surfrider Foundation of Delaware.
Light refreshments, beverages and Dogfish Head beer will be served.

*Purchase tickets online here, at the RBFS office, or at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Parking lots are located across from the Fire Hall on Front St., behind the M&T Bank at Federal and Front Sts., at Union and Magnolia, and at the museum. For more information, call the Film Society office at 302-645-9095, ext. 1 or the Milton Historical Society office at 302-684-1010.

Delmarva Roots is co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Milton Historical Society. This winter series takes place on January 31, February 14, and March 14 and features films about the rich history of the Delmarva region.

 

 February 2014

“Fund Razor” By Salon Milton
When: February 9th from Noon until 5pm
Where: Salon Milton, 517 Chestnut Street Milton
Enjoy any of the following salon services for a suggested donation of $25:
- Haircuts by stylists John Potocki (owner) and Roi Bernard
-Manicures by Wanda
-Hand massages and Aveda makeup
Call Salon Milton at 302-684-1880 to book your appointment time!

Stop by Salon Milton to also participate in a bake sale, silent auction, make-your-own Victorian valentines and refreshments.
All the proceeds raised by the event go towards the educational efforts of the Milton Historical Society. 

Delmarva Roots Film Series
Film: “Bells on the Hill” 2010 (more info here.)
When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Film starts 7 pm
Where:  Milton   Fire Hall, 116 Front St., Milton, DE.
Admission*: $5 adults; $3 children 12 and under

Bells on the Hill is a heart-warming documentary that tells the story recounted of the birth, growth and legacy of the “Little Italy” neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware. Beginning with the early 20th century accounts of Italians who migrated to Wilmington, this documentary follows the founding of the St. Anthony’s church and development of the surrounding community which still thrives today. Wilmington’s “Little Italy” is home to the annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival, which takes place over eight days in June and draws thousands of people to the neighborhood. Narrated by Wilmington native Gus Parodi,Bells on the Hill is a memorial to this proud community, and anyone who has ever enjoyed its atmosphere and ambience. Wilmington natives and co-creators Gus Parodi and Matt Swift will lead a discussion following the screening. [2010, US, Runtime: 78 min, Not Rated]

*Purchase tickets online here, at the RBFS office, or at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Parking lots are located across from the Fire Hall on Front St., behind the M&T Bank at Federal and Front Sts., at Union and Magnolia, and at the museum. For more information, call the Film Society office at 302-645-9095, ext. 1 or the Milton Historical Society office at 302-684-1010.

Delmarva Roots is co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Milton Historical Society. This winter series takes place on January 31, February 14, and March 14 and features films about the rich history of the Delmarva region.

“Beer & Benevolence” Night for the MHS at Dogfish Head Brewpub!
When: Wednesday, February 19th from 5 – 9 (live music starts at 6)
Where: Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, 320 Rehoboth Ave

Come support the Milton Historical Society and help us win an additional $1,000 as part of a grant challenge! We are able to win the extra $1,000 if we have the most number of people attend our charity night. To sweeten the deal there will also be beers, delicious pub grub and live music!

March 2014

 

Delmarva Roots Film Series
Films: “From the Berg to the Barrio” 2012 and “Pieces of Tangier” 2013 (more info here.)
When: Friday, March 14, 2014. Film starts at 7 pm
Where:  Milton   Fire Hall, 116 Front St., Milton, DE.
Admission*: $5 adults; $3 children 12 and under

From the Berg to the Barrio: “What happens when a beloved urban community changes?” In a section of Trenton, NJ known as the ‘Burg and recognized as the “Little Italy” of Trenton, the ‘Burg” is a well-established working-class neighborhood where Italian families lived in close proximity to Italian owned and operated local businesses. Today, the ‘Burg still attracts newly-arrived immigrant families, but most, if not all of the families are from Central and Latin American countries.From the Burg to the Barrio shows an ethnic neighborhood in transition with all of its tensions and contrasts as different cultures meet. Producer and Director Susan Ryan spent more than seven years documenting the changing neighborhood of Chambersburg to create this film. [2012, US, Runtime: 45 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Pieces of Tangier explores Tangier Island, Virginia, a remote watermen’s community founded in the 1600’s. The 450 people living there are fighting to preserve their way of life against the triple threat of government regulations, population decline, and erosion. Tangier Islands governmental and environmental changes could lead to its inhabitants having to make the tough decision to move off the Island and onto the mainland. Director Jenny Roberts is a documentary filmmaker from Pocomoke, MD who received a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Ohio University’s School of Film in 2013 with Pieces of Tangier as her thesis project. Director Jenny Roberts will lead a Q & A following the screening of her documentary. [2013, US, Runtime: 45 min, Not Rated]

*Purchase tickets online here, at the RBFS office, or at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Parking lots are located across from the Fire Hall on Front St., behind the M&T Bank at Federal and Front Sts., at Union and Magnolia, and at the museum. For more information, call the Film Society office at 302-645-9095, ext. 1 or the Milton Historical Society office at 302-684-1010.

Delmarva Roots is co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Milton Historical Society. This winter series takes place on January 31, February 14, and March 14 and features films about the rich history of the Delmarva region.

Exhibit Opening of “Dry Spell: The Prohibition Experience in Milton”
When: Friday, March 21 from 5-7pm
Where: Milton Historical Society

Come celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit that discusses Prohibition and its effects in Milton. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker Series: “Pass the Rum: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” by Michael Dixon
When: Friday, March 28th at 7pm
Where: The Milton Historical Society

Come learn about the wettest and driest time in Delaware’s history with the story of Prohibition. Event is free and open to the public.

April 2014

New Art Exhibit: Miltonians: A Portrait Show
When:
From April 4th until May 29th
Where: Milton Historical Society, Gallery Annex

Local artists present a show highlighting various people that make up the town of Milton. Opening reception is April 4th from 5-7pm. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Lecture: “Surrounded by Beauty: American Art Colonies the Early Years”
When: Two-part series – Friday, April 5th and Wed, April 9th starting at 7pm
Where: Milton Historical Society

Local artist Stephen Goode will present his research on American art colonies and their influence on art both locally and nationally.

Volunteer Training Day with guest speaker Russ McCabe
When
: April 12th from 10-noon
Where: MHS

Come learn about “Milton: The First Century” from retired state archivist Russ McCabe! Open to new or “old” volunteers or anyone interested in learning more about Milton!

Volunteer Training Day with guest speaker John Chirtea
When
: April 26th from 10am-noon
Where: MHS

Come learn about button making and rope making with live demonstrations on our historical equipment from John Chirtea (he helped restore our button-making machine!). Open to new or “old” volunteers or anyone interested in learning more about Milton!
Museum Outdoor Clean-up Week
When
: April 28th-May3rd (from 9am-4pm)

Help the museum get ready for spring! Stop by between April 28th and May 3rd to help with the clean-up of the museum’s grounds. We will be looking to add mulch, pulling weeds and fixing up the beds. We only ask that you bring your own equipment and notify the museum when you’ll be stopping by.

May 2014

Spring Bus Trip “Chesapeake Gateway: Delaware’s Nanticoke River”
When
: Thursday, May 8th, (bus leaves at 9am from the the MHS parking lot and returns at 5pm)
Cost: $60/members; $65/non-members. Includes bus fare, admission to various sites and lunch at Bon Appetit

This environmental and historical bus trip, led by retired state archivist Russ McCabe, includes many sites along the pristine Nanticoke River, the largest Delmarva tributary to the historic Chesapeake Bay. Stops on the tour will include the Seaford Museum, historic town of Bethel, ride on the Woodland Ferry, Trap Pond State Park and Phillip’s Landing, where explorer John Smith first encountered the Nanticoke Native Americans in the early 1600s. Come unearth further parts of Delaware’s past just by venturing west of Route 1.

For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact the Milton Historical Society at 302-684-1010 or info@historicmilton.org. Space is limited!

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, May 10th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.

MHS Annual Dinner
When:
May 17th starting at 5pm
Where: Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street

Special dinner to celebrate MHS members and volunteers.

June 2014

Art Show, “Visions in Diversity” Opening Reception
When: Friday, June 13th from 5:30-7:30
Where: Milton Historical Society Art Gallery

Jamaican-born artist, Eunice LaFate, reflects through her art show in a world where diversity reigns. Her work will be on display until July 5th.

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, June 14th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.

“Four Centuries of Brewing” lecture by John Medkeff
When
: June 14th at 7pm
Where: Milton Historical Society
Cost: Free and open to the public

Thanks to the popularity of Dogfish Head Brewery worldwide, Delaware is becoming a hot-spot for breweries to open. But, did you know back in the day there were even more breweries that existed in Delaware? Come learn about Delaware’s influence on beer for nearly 4 centuries in this engaging lecture!

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, June 28th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.

 

July 2014

Garden Club Tour and Milton Art Guild Garden Art Show Opening
When: Saturday, July 12th
 

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, July 19th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, July 26th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.

 

 

August 2014

Family Fun Day
When:
August 9th

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, August 16th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.

September 2014

9th Annual Best of Milton Auction & Garden Party
When: Saturday, September 6th starting at 5
Where: Milton Historical Society

This year the “Best of Milton Auction” goes 1920s!

MHS Antique Show
When
: Saturday, September 20th
Where: MHS grounds

Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer! Walking + Brewery Tour
When: Saturday, September 20th from 10am-noon
Where: Walking tour begins in front of the “Steampunk Treehouse” at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Cost: $5/non-members, free for members

Join us for a two-part tour that begins with a 45-min walking tour of Milton followed by a guided tour of Dogfish Head Brewery. Closed-toed walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Reservations are REQUIRED because space is limited, so call: 302-684-1010 or email: info@historicmilton.org to reserve your spot.


Lecture by Nancy Lynch, “Vietnam Mailbag”
When: TBA

Where: Milton Historical Society
Journalist and writer Nancy Lynch will discuss her experience as a reporter for the Wilmington Morning News during the Vietnam War. Through her column, Vietnam Mailbag, she displayed the hopes and fears, joys and tears of soldiers abroad. In 2007, Nancy released a book she wrote about the letters she had kept from these soldiers and the stories they told. You will not want to miss this engaging and encore presentation!

Read more about Nancy and her work here: http://vietnammailbag.com/