2014

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

January

 

No events currently scheduled in January.

 

February

Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series. Join the us for the first of a series of three lectures at the New Castle Court House Museum as Gerald Kauffman discusses the British Invasion of Delaware in 1777. Free to NCHS members / $5 for non-members. 

 

Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series. Join the us for the second in a series of three lectures at the New Castle Court House Museum. John Medkeff will discuss the history of Delaware breweries. Free to NCHS members / $5 for non-members.

 

March

Saturday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Annual Fundraiser, A Night At Scully's Irish Pub.
Thank you to our generous event sponsors:
Curt Scully Realty, New Castle Farmers Market, Antonio's Lawn Service and Porto-Fino Pizza & Restaurant
.

Support local history and have a great time doing it at our Irish-themed fundraiser at historic Buena Vista mansion in New Castle! We're hosting a pub night event with delicious food, beverages and authentic music inspired by the magic of Ireland! Tickets $60 per person. Dress is upscale casual.

Tickets can be purchased online: Purchase Tickets for A Night at Scully's Irish Pub or by calling the Society Office at 302-322-2794.

Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series. Join us at the New Castle Court House Museum to hear Historical Interpreter David Price speak about "1864: A Pivotal Year in the Civil War". The talk will include events from the Red River Campaign in Louisiana to Sherman's occupation of Savannah, Georgia. Listen to stories about Fort Pillow, the Wilderness Campaign, and the siege of Petersburg. There will even be an event in the waters off of France. And what was happening here at home in Delaware? Free to the public.

 

Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.
NCHS Annual Meeting. The annual meeting is free and open to the public. Location TBD. 302.322.2794.

April

Wednesday, April 2, 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 Amstel House Museum, 2 East 4th Street, Old New Castle. 

 

May

Friday, May 2 & Saturday, May 3, 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 & Dutch House.  For more information visit www.arasapha.org 

Saturday, May 17, 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, or visit the A Day in Old New Castle website.

June

Wednesday, June 4, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Annual Garden Party.  Help us celebrate our 80th anniversary at our annual early summer bash in the Dutch House gardens!  Light fare and beverages are included with admission to the party!  1651 Benefactors receive two complimentary tickets to the party. $30 members; $35 non-members. Tickets are available by registering online here or by calling the Society office at 302-322-2794 to RSVP today!

Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.

Separation Day 5K River Run/Walk. The New Castle Jaycees will be organizing this years Separation Day 5k on our behalf! The event will begin with a scenic route through Historic New Castle and along the water. Enjoy post race refreshments & beer for participants 21+, a colonial band, kids carnival games and top runner awards. 

Register your family at races2run.com. More information about Separation Day at SepDayDE.com Note: Only the FIRST 200 registrants will receive t-shirts.

July

 

No events currently scheduled in July.

 

August

 

No events currently scheduled in August.

 

September

Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm

Dickens Costume Workshop at the Arsenal. Join us at The Arsenal at 30 Market Street, New Castle to meet our curatorial volunteers and fellow costuming enthusiasts for the first of two Dickens Costume Workshops, in planning for our Dickens Experience on December 13, 2014. Volunteers will be on hand at this workshop to help spark ideas for character costuming, show appropriate period styles and give tips on creating costumes from different resources. Free to the public.

Saturday, September 13 from 7 to 11pm

New Castle's Annual Wharf Dance in Historic New Castle
LOCATION CHANGED TO NEW CASTLE SENIOR CENTER
Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a night of music, dance, food & friends! We'll provide the tables and chairs so get a group together for a fun night! Local food vendors and a cash bar with beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the New Castle Senior Center & the New Castle Historical Society. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in person at the Society Office at 2 East Fourth Street, by phone at 302-322-2794 or online below.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Saturday, September 20, 7:45pm CANCELLED
Next investigation - November 1

Paranormal Investigations in Old New Castle Join the team of Delmarva Historic Haunts for a night investigating two of Old New Castle's most historic and "active" buildings - The Amstel House, The Dutch House and then see DHH's state-of-the-art mobile paranormal investigating lab! You'll have a chance to see for yourself what happens in these buildings after dark, and maybe meet some of the "previous residents". Space is limited and these tours will sell out, so advanced reservations are highly suggested. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the New Castle Historical Society. Tickets are $25 per person (Adults and Teens over 13) and can be purchased in person at the Society Office at 2 East Fourth Street, by phone at 302-322-2794 or online below.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Sunday, September 21 at 2pm

Dickens Costume Workshop at The Arsenal. Join us at The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in New Castle to meet our curatorial volunteers and fellow costuming enthusiasts for the second of two Dickens Costume Workshops, in planning for our Dickens Experience on December 13, 2014. Volunteers will be on hand at this workshop to help spark ideas for character costuming, show appropriate period styles and give tips on creating costumes from different resources. Free to the public.

Saturday, September 27

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.

Saturday, September 27 at 10:30am and 11:30am

Children's Reading of "The Big Umbrella" at The Arsenal. Looking for a family-friendly event to do while in New Castle for Art on the Green? NCHS will be hosting a children's reading of "The Big Green Umbrella" to celebrate its 70th anniversary this month. The story chronicles the whimsical travels of an umbrella as it makes its way from New Castle, Delaware, all the way to China. In addition to the reading, the umbrella that inspired the story will be on display at this event! For children ages 5 and up and their families. Readings will take place at 10:30am and again at 11:30am at The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle.
Free to the public.

 

October

Hauntings in History Walking Tours.  Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.

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 at 2 East Fourth Street, by phone at 302-322-2794 or online below.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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.

!!! Special Opportunity for Saturday, October 18 and Saturday, October 25 !!!

Plan for a night out in New Castle...Start with Shakespeare & Poe - Readings from the Dark Side in the Read House & Gardens at 7 pm then join us afterward for an 8:30 pm Hauntings in History Tour! For more information about the Shakespeare & Poe event visit www.delshakes.org. Tickets for each event must be purchased separately. 

 
November

Paranormal Investigations in Old New Castle 
Saturday, November 1, 7:00pm and 10:00pm

Join the team of Delmarva Historic Haunts for a night investigating two of Old New Castle's most historic and "active" buildings - The Amstel House, The Dutch House and then see DHH's state-of-the-art mobile paranormal investigating lab! You'll have a chance to see for yourself what happens in these buildings after dark, and maybe meet some of the "previous residents". Space is limited and these tours will sell out, so advanced reservations are highly suggested. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the New Castle Historical Society. Tickets are $25 per person (Adults and Teens over 13) and can be purchased in person at the Society Office at 2 East Fourth Street, by phone at 302-322-2794 or online below.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

 

Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 28
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 13, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Rain or Shine -
The Spirit of Christmas This 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.


 

The New Castle Historical Society will help bring the Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" to life on the streets of New Castle as part of the Spirit of Christmas! Check the event program for more information. And see below for some special Dickens events!

 

Admission will be free for the day 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. 

Friday Evening, December 12, 7:30 to 10:30pm
Fezziwig's Ball - SOLD OUT Join us for a recreation of Dicken's Fezziwig's Ball at the historic Arsenal on the Green in New Castle. We'll enjoy an authentic Victorian holiday ball to celebrate the season. So, don your period clothes or modern evening wear for a night to remember. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online with the link below, or by calling the Society Office at 302-322-2794.
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FEZZIWIG'S BALL

Saturday Afternoon, December 13, Seatings at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm
English Tea Join us for a proper English Tea at the historic Arsenal on the Green in New Castle. Period attire is admired, but not required; Wear your holiday best, for all the rest! Tickets are $18 per person and can be purchased online with the link below, or by calling the Society Office at 302-322-2794.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE TICKETS ONLINE FOR THE ENGLISH TEA

Through December 28
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.