New Castle Historical Society operates three historic buildings
for guided tours for individuals and groups. The Society is
also involved in educating the public about the history of New
Castle through exhibits, programs, lectures, publications, and
resource materials. The Society works to promote historical
awareness and encourage the preservation of historical architecture
and material culture of New Castle.
The New Castle Historical Society is an incorporated, non-profit
membership organization, with 501 (C) 3 IRS status. Donations
to the Society are therefore deductible. There is an 18-member
Board of Directors, who oversee its management. Staff
consists of an executive director, education coordinator, office manager,
and 13 guides. Nearly 50 volunteers work on various Society
The Society was established in 1934 to save the Amstel House
from an uncertain future. In 1946, the Delaware Society for
the Preservation of Antiquities turned over the Dutch House
to the Society for its second acquisition. Then in 1980, the
Society reached an agreement with the Trustees of New Castle
Common, to provide exhibits on town history at the Old Library
Museum. Exhibits over the years have included such New Castle
topics as education, a history of Italian-Americans, the wharf,
shops and merchants in the town, African-American life, the
Trustees of New Castle Common, and the architecture of the town.
The New Castle Historical
Society celebrated 75 years of historic preservation in 2009!
The Society's business office is located in the Amstel
House. The business office is open Monday through Friday
from 9 am to 4 pm.
Our mailing address is:
New Castle Historical Society
2 East Fourth Street, New Castle, DE 19720
Executive Director, Michael Connolly, email@example.com
Education Coordinator Bruce Dalleo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Manager, Colleen Smarr, email@example.com
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