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History Matters digs into Delaware's past each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.  It's produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society with help from partners at the Delaware Public Archives, Hagley Museum and the Lewes Historical Society

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This month’s History Matters - produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society - offers interviews with this year’s recipients of the Historical Society’s annual Delaware’s History Makers award.

Bryan Stevenson was honored as a Delawarean who changed the course of history. He grew up in Milton and has fought to overturn or reduce death penalty sentences in more than sixty cases.

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In this month’s History Matters, produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, we dig into efforts to digitize the Freedmen's Bureau. Established in 1865, the Bureau collected reams of documents about freed slaves, including who someone's master had been and where they had lived. But until now, those important documents have only existed on paper.

 


  

 

When the Supreme Court ruled in June that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the decision effectively ended the country’s patchwork system regarding gay marriage. Although legal in Delaware since 2013, married gay couples in the First State faced the uncertainty of not knowing if their marriage would still be legal if they decided to move or even visit another state.  

Gay rights have progressed at such lightning speed in recent years; it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always the case. 

History Matters: Delaware's Gay Beach

Jul 24, 2015

In the first of this month’s two part History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society and other history organizations in the First State, we offer you an oral history of the LGBTQ community’s roots in Rehoboth. In part two next week, we’ll examine how that history served as the foundation for efforts to establish equal rights for that community in the First State.

 


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They’re called Delaware’s Forgotten Folks.

 

In the second part of a two-part History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, we continue our in-depth look at the Nanticoke Tribe.


History Matters: Delaware's Forgotten Folks

Jun 5, 2015
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They’re called Delaware’s Forgotten Folks.

 

For the next two editions of History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Nanticoke Tribe. Part II is here.

History Matters: Colored Conventions

May 1, 2015

In this month’s History Matters, we examine a University of Delaware interdisciplinary academic project called Colored Conventions.

It's an effort to digitize the meeting minutes of the nation's first black meetings, conventions which took place between 1830 and until after the Civil War.

These minutes provide a glimpse into black leadership and life that has traditionally been hard to access – and just last weekend there was a symposium at the University of Delaware that brought together several different academics who study race, literature and American history to talk about it.


History Matters: Hagley Museum's “Unraveling Stories” exhibit

Mar 28, 2015
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Hooked rugs are an Anglo-American tradition that rose in popularity during the early nineteenth century

The “Unraveling Stories” Exhibit at the Hagley Museum spotlights one of these pieces, a huge hooked rug made during the 1940s by Nancy Dupont Reynolds Cooch.

History Matters: Unraveling Stories at Hagley Museum

Delaware Public Media heads to Hagley Museum to investigate a one-of-a-kind rug.

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History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

In this month’s History Matters, produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman and Karl Malgiero examine Southbridge's history and the efforts of Southbridge Connects to bring it to life today.

History Matters digs into the Delaware Historical Society’s archives each month to explore connections between key people, places, and events in history and present-day news.

The Hagley Museum lies on a plot of land on the western bank of The Brandywine River just north of where it intersects with Route 141.

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