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ABOUT US

The New Castle Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization established in 1934. We are dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the City of New Castle, Delaware, and sharing them through our museums, educational programs and special events. 

OUR MISSION

The Mission of the New Castle Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and promote awareness of New Castle history to its members, citizens, and visitors, and to support the preservation of historical resources. To this end, the Society preserves and interprets the Amstel and Dutch Houses, the Old Library, and The Arsenal, is active in the study of local history, and disseminates valued historical information and stories through exhibits, events, programs, publications, and resource material.

OUR HISTORY

The New Castle Historical 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 NCHS for its second acquisition. Later, in 1980, the Society also reached an agreement with the Trustees of the New Castle Common to provide exhibits on town history at the Old Library Museum. In 2015 NCHS transitioned to its new administrative home at The Arsenal and began operation of the New Castle Visitor Center.

OUR STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michael Connolly

PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER

Karen Janus

ADMINSTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER

Chuck Brynes

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Batty, President

Kaitlyn N. Laroya, Vice President 

Laura L. Fontana, Treasurer

Catherine Morrissey, Secretary

Heidi Benson

Dwayne Foster

 

Jack P. Garniewski, Jr.

Porsha Green

Dawn Kackley

Henry E. Nickle

Phee Price

Director Emeritus, Joan F. Appleby

Director Emeritus, Richard R. Cooch

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