Nipper the dog and George Washington featured at Dover museums in January

Lavender Fields offers Savory Sussex at Zwaanendael Jan. 19
December 27, 2012

During January, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be offering special programs at all six museums it operates across the state. All programs are free and open to the public.

Highlights of the month in Kent and Sussex counties include “Nipper: The Most Famous Dog in the World,” a program on the mixed fox/bull terrier whose image in the Victor Talking Machine Company’s His Master’s Voice logo became one of America’s oldest trademarks. The program will take place Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover.

Also on Jan 5, The Old State House in Dover will present “Six-Two, Eyes of Blue, Has Anybody Seen My George?” a living history performance in which historic site interpreter Dennis Fisher, dressed in period clothing, portrays noted 19th century Delaware physician James Sykes as he discusses the creation of the Old State House’s imposing portrait of George Washington. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and talk with Sykes, who will remain in character throughout his appearances.

In Sussex County, Lewes' Zwaanendael Museum will host a presentation by Lavender Fields Farm of Milton as part of its Savory Sussex series at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the program is free, but due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-645-1148.

Weaving Wednesdays, offered throughout the month starting Jan. 2, is an Indoor, staff-led program in which visitors will learn how to weave a blanket or rag rug.  It will be held at John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.  Program runs 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 302-739-3277.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the state of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality, and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, a federal agency.

For a complete listing of all programs at Delaware museums in January, go to


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