Shipwrecks, Storms and Science at Zwaanendael Oct. 5

September 19, 2013

During the month of October, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be offering special programs at the state of Delaware's six museums.

The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes will present Shipwrecks, Storms and Science Saturday, Oct. 5, a daylong slate of historical games and maritime-history and -archaeology activities, plus a 2 p.m. presentation on the Roosevelt Inlet and DeBraak shipwrecks. The event is held in conjunction with Lewes’ annual Boast the Coast festival.

Other special events locally include a lecture and tour of His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak on Oct. 7 and 14. Explore the history of the DeBraak, which was capsized and lost off the Delaware coast May 25, 1798. The program includes a trip to the hull facility in nearby Cape Henlopen State Park for a curator-led tour of the surviving section of the ship’s hull. Programs are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Limited seating. Admission is $10 in advance by reservation only at

At 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, a workshop to explore Colonial scherenschnitte - the art of papercutting design - with artist Kim Frey of Dagsboro will take place at the Zwaanendael Museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; free admission.

Mysteries of History Walking Tour at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 will explore the unusual tombstones of St. Peter’s cemetery in Lewes. Tour leaves from the Zwaanendael Museum museum at 2 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. For more information all these events, call 302-645-1148.

For complete information on all October events at Delaware museums, visit, click on In the News, then click on Calendar on the right or call 302-744-5055.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the state of Delaware. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.