2015

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In the meantime, mark your calendar to attend these great events:

January

 

No events currently scheduled in January.

 

February

Join us for our Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series:

Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 pm
"The Story of the Delaware Continentals"
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Chris Mlynarczyk, President, 1st Delaware Regiment

Come and learn the history of the First Delaware Regiment of the Continental Army. Widely regarded as one of the best fighting units in Washington's army, the Delaware's were among the fiercest fighters of the war. Join us for a discussion of their history and exploits - from Long Island to Princeton to Cowpens to Yorktown - the history of the Delawares is the history of the American War for Independence.
Free to the public.

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 pm
"Seized in September: Revolutionary War Comes to Delaware"
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speaker: Kim Burdick, Delaware Historian
***Sponsored by: Delaware Humanities Forum***

Have you ever wondered what happened in Delaware during the Revolutionary War? How did the British get from the Head of the Elk River to Chadds Ford for the Battle of the Brandywine? Our speaker is a specialist in Delaware History and folk culture, and audiences of all ages will be amazed to hear letters and writings by colonial Delawareans describing the arrival of the British army and the social upheaval it brought to our colony.
Free to the public.

Saturday, February 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
NCHS Volunteer Fair
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Join us to find out the many different ways you can become involved with the Society. With so many different people with so many unique talents, we're hosting a "volunteer fair" to help match interested people up with our volunteer opportunities. Volunteer opportunities are currently available in the following areas: Office / Administrative, Collections Care & Museum Housekeeping, Property Maintenance, Exhibit Research and Design, Special Event Planning, Special Event Assistance (Docents, Admissions, etc.), Member Relations, Hospitality, Marketing & Communications. Stop by to find out about our many opportunities and ask questions about volunteering.
Free to the public.

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 pm
"Setting the Record Straight: Dispelling New Castle's Historical Myths"
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

Speakers: Mike Connolly, NCHS Executive Director, Michele Anstine, Delaware Historical Society and Brian Cannon, Local Historian

Local historians will discuss some of the most commonly heard misconceptions about New Castle's history and will give you the real stories behind the myths.
Free to the public.

March

Sunday, March 22 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Winter Fundraiser at the Arsenal - Amstel to Arsenal Gala
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle
Join us on March 22nd from 5 pm to 8 pm, for our annual Winter Fundraiser, The Amstel to Arsenal Gala, to support the Society. Guests will enjoy the historical ambiance of the newly renovated Arsenal while dining from a special menu courtesy of Jessops Tavern. In addition to dinner, guests will enjoy a lecture pertaining to the history of The Arsenal by NCHS Executive Director, Michael Connolly. Limited seating is available!

To reserve your seat today, please contact Jessops Tavern at 302-322-6111 or by purchasing tickets here: Amstel to Arsenal Gala Tickets

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00pm
NCHS Annual Meeting
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle

The New Castle Historical Society will hold our Annual Meeting at 7:00pm at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE. Free to the public.

April

Wednesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m.
House Museums Open.
The Amstel House & Dutch House museums open to public for tours. Tickets for tours may be purchased at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, Old New Castle. 

 

May

Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, Time TBD
May Market. The Arasapha Garden Club's Annual May Market is the perfect place to find plants, herbs, and flowers for your garden. Behind the Old Town Hall on East 2nd Street. Proceeds support the Arasapha Garden Club's work in the historic gardens of the Amstel House and Dutch House. For more information visit www.arasapha.org 

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Day in Old New Castle.
America's oldest house and garden tour returns this year. The Amstel House, Dutch House and Old Library Museums will be open free to ticket holders from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For event and ticket information, please contact Immanuel Church on the Green at 302-328-2413.

June

Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Annual Garden Party.  Welcome in the summer at our annual bash in the Dutch House gardens! 1651 Benefactors receive two complimentary tickets to the party. Ticket information will be available online as the event nears. For more information, call the Society office at 302-322-2794 to RSVP today! Rain Location will be at The Arsenal.

July

 

No events currently scheduled in July.

 

August

 

No events currently scheduled in August.

 

September

Saturday, September 26

44th Annual Art on the Green in Battery Park. Art on the Green is an annual Art & Craft Show in Historic New Castle Delaware, in Battery Park, along the banks of the Delaware River. Over 200 artists, crafters and food vendors. For more information call 302-328-LION (5466) or visit www.artonthegreende.net.
Admission, parking and shuttle available free to the public.

October

Hauntings in History Walking Tours - Dates and Times To Be Announced

If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle!  You'll begin your journey into New Castle's supernatural side with a tour of the legendary Amstel House - one of New Castle's most haunted houses - where you may meet the "Woman in Blue."  After exploring the Amstel House, you will be guided through New Castle's darkened streets and alleyways where you will hear macabre tales of hauntings, Victorian death & funeral customs, and crime & punishment that span the 360-year history of this Delaware River town.  

Space is limited and these tours will sell out!


Non-NCHS Member Pricing:
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children (12 and under); $35 Family of Four (2 adults & 2 children) with additional children's tickets available for $6 each.

Receive a discount on your tickets if you're an NCHS member - Click here for membership info!

NCHS Member Pricing:
Tickets: $10 adults, $6 children (12 and under); $30 Family of Four (2 adults & 2 children) with additional children's tickets available for $5 each.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Society Office, by phone at 302-322-2794 or online.

Discounted group pricing is available for groups of 10 or more, reservations and advance payment required. Ideal for corporate outings, team building events, girls night out, fraternity and sorority groups and many other group functions. Private group tours are also available at alternate times than listed. Please contact the New Castle Historical Society at 302-322-2794 for more information.

Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 27
Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses.
The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke's residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols' Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.

December

Saturday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Rain or Shine -
The Spirit of ChristmasThis town-wide celebration, sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church, presents private homes and churches decorated for the season, and musical events throughout the day. Programs for the day are available at the NC Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street. For more information, call the church at 302-328-3279 or visit their website at http://www.newcastlepreschurch.org/spirit.
Admission will be free {during The Spirit of Christmas} at the Amstel House, which will be decorated for a traditional colonial holiday celebration, and the Dutch House, which will feature a celebration of St. Nicholas' Eve. The Amstel House and Dutch Houses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

November 27 Through December 27
Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses. The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke’s residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.