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. 

 

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Exclusive 1651 Benefactor Event: Maps in the NCHS Collection, 1668 through 1907
The Arsenal  
Discussion of historic maps in the NCHS collection and chance to view the maps up close. Refreshments served after program. Maps include:
  • 1668 Map of New Netherland
  • 17th Century Map of the World
  • 17th / 18th Century map of the World
  • 1805 Latrobe Survey of New Castle
  • 1868 Beers Atlas of Delaware
  • 19th Century Map of New Castle County
  • 1907 Sanborn Insurance Map of New Castle
This program is offered exclusively to NCHS 1651 Benefactor Members. Join or renew as a 1651 Benefactor by clicking here.

 

 

Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m.
Colonial School District 2nd Annual History Bowl
George Read Middle School
314 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.  
New Castle Historical Society, in partnership with Colonial School District, is delighted to sponsor the 2nd Annual History Bowl. Colonial School District students will participate in a fun, Jeopardy-style competition to test their knowledge of Delaware and local history. This program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Mike Connolly at (302) 322-2794 or by email to mconnollynchs@aol.com.

 

May

Friday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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 4 p.m.
A Day in Old New Castle.
America's oldest house and garden tour returns this year. The Amstel House and Dutch House will be open for tours free to ticket holders from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The NCHS Gardens at Amstel House, Dutch House and The Old Library will also be open to view as part of this event. For event and ticket information, please contact Immanuel Church on the Green at dionc.immanuelepiscopal.com or 302-328-2413.

June

Wednesday, June 3, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sip & Shop - Members Only Event.
Current NCHS Members are invited for an exclusive "Sip and Shop" event to shop and view our new Museum Store and Visitor Center, now open at The Arsenal at 30 Market Street. Wine, beer and assorted desserts will be served. Members are encouraged to bring (1) non-member guest. A reminder that current NCHS members receive 10% off all purchases in the store! Not a current member or need to renew? Click here to join or renew online!

Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Annual Garden Party.  Welcome the beginning of summer at our annual bash in the Dutch House gardens! Hors d'oeuvres and libations are included with admission to the party. Tickets are $30 for current NCHS members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are highly suggested.

Purchase your tickets online now for the 2015 Garden Party or by calling the Society office at 302-322-2794.

Rain Location will be at The Arsenal.

July

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m.
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle
Book Discussion of The Gentleman's House in the British Atlantic World, 1680-1780
 
Join the Delaware Historical Society and the New Castle Historical Society at The Arsenal as they welcome Dr. Stephen Hague, professor of history at Rowan University and historian of Britain and the British Empire from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, for a book discussion on The Gentleman's House in the British Atlantic World, 1680-1780. Book signing and refreshments to follow. Reservations requested through Delaware Historical Society at (302) 655-7161 or deinfo@dehistory.org.

 

August

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Farm2Fork Event at Read House & Gardens.

As part of the Delaware Historical Society's "Forks in the Road" themed programming, the Read House & Gardens and the New Castle Historical Society invites visitors to explore foodways both past and present.
The program will be held in two parts on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Reservations requested, 302-655-7161)
Bring the whole family to see the WPHS students in action, participate in food-related activities in the garden, take a peek into our historic pantry and kitchen, and sample a culinary treat.
Admission is $5 per person.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Space is limited, reservations required, 302-655-7161)
Ease into your evening by joining us in the garden to indulge in hors d'oeuvres and a signature beverage featuring locally-sourced produce prepared in the spirit of authentic Read family recipes with a Penn Bistro twist! Goodies from the New Castle Historical Society's Museum Store will also be available for purchase at this part of the program.

Admission is $25 per person (price does not include purchases from the New Castle Historical Society Museum Store).

 

September

Wednesdays beginning September 16, 7:00 p.m. (12 weeks)
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE
New Castle History Classes by Local Historian, Jim Meek.

Classes will be held Wednesdays starting September 16 at 7:00pm for 12 weeks and will present the town's history, people, food, piracy problems, architecture, archaeology, organizations, industries, clothing fashions and more.

Questions and factoids that will be covered include:

  • The two degrees of separation between Christopher Columbus and New Castle?
  • What Harrison Ford movie shows how the old Dutch House was built?
  • Why did a Pennsylvania governor stage a fake raid on Philadelphia and fire on a merchant ship sailing by New Castle?
  • What fort in New Castle was financed by a lottery?
  • What New Castle boy became Adjutant General under Lincoln, then (briefly) Secretary of State?
  • How many layers are there underneath a lady's skirt?

This program is offered free to NCHS Members or $2 per night for non-members.
Join or renew as a member by clicking here.

Lectures are scheduled for Wednesdays over 12 weeks on the following dates:
September 16, 23 and 30
October 7, 14, 21 and 28
November 4, 11, 18 (no class on November 25 due to Thanksgiving week)
December 2 and 9

The syllabus that outlines topics discussed is available online.
No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited.


Saturday, September 19, 3:00 p.m.
Exclusive 1651 Benefactor Event: Dinner with a View in Northeast, MD
.

1651 Benefactors will enjoy an old fashioned pig roast at the Board President's home, overlooking the river in Northeast, Maryland. Invitation with event details will be sent directly to Benefactors. Please RSVP by September 12 to (302) 322-2794 or email to nchistorical@aol.com.

This program is offered exclusively to NCHS 1651 Benefactor Members. Join or renew as a 1651 Benefactor by clicking here.

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

Saturday, October 3, 10am until 4pm

18th Century Brickmaking at Newlin Grist Mill's 2015 Harvest Festival. Newlin Grist Mill's 2015 Harvest Festival for a demonstration of 18th century brickmaking techniques, including mixing clay and molding bricks, as well as a discussion of historic brickmaking and brick use. For more information about the Harvest Festival, please visit www.newlingristmill.org.
Free admission, $5 parking per car.

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. (Please note date change)
Rain Date: Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Exclusive 1651 Benefactor Event: A Walking Tour of New Castle Taverns
.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of New Castle historical district, visiting the sites and discussing the history behind taverns in New Castle.

This program is offered exclusively to NCHS 1651 Benefactor Members. Join or renew as a 1651 Benefactor by clicking here.

Wednesdays beginning September 16, 7:00 p.m. (12 weeks)
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE
New Castle History Classes by Local Historian, Jim Meek.

Classes will be held Wednesdays starting September 16 at 7:00pm for 12 weeks and will present the town's history, people, food, piracy problems, architecture, archaeology, organizations, industries, clothing fashions and more.

Questions and factoids that will be covered include:

  • The two degrees of separation between Christopher Columbus and New Castle?
  • What Harrison Ford movie shows how the old Dutch House was built?
  • Why did a Pennsylvania governor stage a fake raid on Philadelphia and fire on a merchant ship sailing by New Castle?
  • What fort in New Castle was financed by a lottery?
  • What New Castle boy became Adjutant General under Lincoln, then (briefly) Secretary of State?
  • How many layers are there underneath a lady's skirt?

This program is offered free to NCHS Members or $2 per night for non-members.
Join or renew as a member by clicking here.

Lectures are scheduled for Wednesdays over 12 weeks on the following dates:
September 16, 23 and 30
October 7, 14, 21 and 28
November 4, 11, 18 (no class on November 25 due to Thanksgiving week)
December 2 and 9

The syllabus that outlines topics discussed is available online.
No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited.


Select Fridays & Saturdays in October at 7:00pm, 7:30pm and 8:00pm
October 23, 24 and 30

Hauntings in History Walking Tours

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 online soon.

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.

November

Wednesdays beginning September 16, 7:00 p.m. (12 weeks)
The Arsenal, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE
New Castle History Classes by Local Historian, Jim Meek.

Classes will be held Wednesdays starting September 16 at 7:00pm for 12 weeks and will present the town's history, people, food, piracy problems, architecture, archaeology, organizations, industries, clothing fashions and more.

Questions and factoids that will be covered include:

  • The two degrees of separation between Christopher Columbus and New Castle?
  • What Harrison Ford movie shows how the old Dutch House was built?
  • Why did a Pennsylvania governor stage a fake raid on Philadelphia and fire on a merchant ship sailing by New Castle?
  • What fort in New Castle was financed by a lottery?
  • What New Castle boy became Adjutant General under Lincoln, then (briefly) Secretary of State?
  • How many layers are there underneath a lady's skirt?

This program is offered free to NCHS Members or $2 per night for non-members.
Join or renew as a member by clicking here.

Lectures are scheduled for Wednesdays over 12 weeks on the following dates:
September 16, 23 and 30
October 7, 14, 21 and 28
November 4, 11, 18 (no class on November 25 due to Thanksgiving week)
December 2 and 9

The syllabus that outlines topics discussed is available online.
No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited.


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. 

 


Save the Dates for A Dickens Experience Events!
Friday, December 11 - Fezziwig's Ball - Details Coming Soon
Saturday December 12 - English Tea - Details Coming Soon

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.