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Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on January 18th this year. Since 1994, the holiday has been transformed into a national day of service, encouraging Americans to get out into their communities and volunteer in honor of the civil rights leader.


There are many organizations here in Delaware that rely on the support of their volunteers to protect the environment, save lives and help those who need it.


And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia reports those groups seethe Martin Luther King Day of Service as more than just a day.


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2020 has been a challenging year, especially for Delaware's visitor attractions.

One attraction fought through setbacks and ever-changing guidelines to pursue its expansion plans, while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of visitors and its animals, including those added as part of a new exhibit.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Mark Fowser takes us to the Brandywine Zoo.

The Kent County Public Library is closing its doors again.

Gov. John Carney’s COVID-19 stay-at-home advisory that goes into effect next Monday is prompting the move.

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The Hummers Parade is the latest COVID-related cancellation in Delaware.

The loosely-organized annual New Year’s Day event in Middletown playing on Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade and known for political satire will not happen in 2021.

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Delaware Day 2020 will feature the stories of enslaved Delawareans, and those who helped break the bonds of slavery through a series of videos.

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Relying so heavily on a hands-on experience, many children’s museums around the country have struggled or closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delaware Children’s Museum on the Wilmington’s Riverfront has stayed closed since March.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia chats with the museum’s executive director Jen Bush about how it’s handling the pandemic and how COVID could change the way it operates once it reopens.

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This year, Santa is visiting Milford in a unique way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Wilmington's Brandywine Zoo has some new residents.

The Zoo's Madagascar exhibit opens to the public Friday.

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The First State will welcome some of the world’s top golfers to Wilmington in 2022.

The PGA Tour, Western Golf Association and Wilmington Country Club announced Tuesday that the BMW Championship is coming to Wilmington Country Club’s South course in August 2022.

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Joe Biden’s home state is getting a lot  of attention since the Presidential race was called in his favor Saturday.


And that attention could translate into more tourism for the First State.


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Kent County residents missing their trips to the library can resume them starting next week.

Delaware Humane Association

One of President-elect Biden’s pets will mark a “first” for the White House come January.

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Throughout the pandemic, many people have cleaned out their homes, purging their closests, basements and garages of items that they don’t want, use, or need anymore.

And that has created a surge in donations.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Eileen Dallabrida takes a closer look at this phenomenon and its impact.

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The recently completed live racing season at Delaware Park brought the end of an era to the Stanton track.

For nearly four decades, when you watched races there, the voice telling you what was happening was always the same: track announcer John Curran.

For this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Tom Byrne caught with Curran to discuss his career and saying good-bye after 37 years on job.

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Wilmington’s Riverfront will be home to a holiday light show starting next month.


The Grand in Wilmington and Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) are producing the Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show. 


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The success of this summer’s Virtual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is prompting a year round effort, available virtually and in person.


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The Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover is presenting a virtual program Halloween weekend. 


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Goggin Manor at Brecknock Park in Camden could become home to the Kent County Historical Museum.

The Dover Public Library is preparing to reopen next month.

The library ends its coronavirus pandemic imposed shutdown November 3.


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Delaware’s Division of Public Health released its guidance for Halloween activities this year earlier this month.

The Salvation Army’s annual “Red Kettle Campaign” is already underway.

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This summer, two statues were taken down in the City of Wilmington.

One, of Christopher Columbus. The other, of Declaration of Independence signer and slave-owner Caesar Rodney.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with Delaware Historical Society director David Young, about what monuments really say about history, and why they stir up controversy.

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The COVID-19 pandemic will keep the Dover Public Library closed to the public for at least another month.

Brandywine Conservancy

The Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA is offering a new way for people to engage with the region’s history. 

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Sen. Chris Coons and South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn introduced legislation to commemorate historic sites connected to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.

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A multi-vendor food hall in Wilmington closed by the COVID-19 pandemic is ready to return this week.


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The First State will try to have a fall high school sports season after all. 

After getting Division of Public Health approval, the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Board of Directors voted in favor of plan for football and other sports to start later this month.


Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua tent shows run two successive weeks - starting this Thursday and Friday.



Kent County residents missing their trips to the library can resume them soon as the Kent County Public Library is moving closer to welcoming the public back:


AARP has awarded a $20,000 Community Challenge Grant to the Delaware Children’s Museum (DCM) in Wilmington.