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Delaware Public Archives offers behind-the-scenes tours in Spanish

State Archivist and Delaware Public Archives Director Stephen Marz greets members of the Delaware Hispanic Commission and the Delaware Economic Development Office during the first Behind the Scenes tour in Spanish. Shown are (l-r) Sonia Aguilar, Delaware Hispanic Commission co-chair; Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, Delaware Hispanic Commission co-chair; Marz; and Anna Estrada, Delaware Economic Development Office Hispanic Outreach Coordinator. SOURCE SUBMITTED
April 11, 2015

Delaware Public Archives offered its first Behind the Scenes Spanish-speaking tour to members of the Delaware Hispanic Commission. “This Behind the Scenes tour in Spanish is one of several Archives initiatives recognizing the growing influence of the Hispanic community in the First State’s history and culture,” said State Archivist and Archives Director Stephen M. Marz.

"Also, if you were born, married or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives will receive the documents that record these important events. With new records coming into the Archives on a weekly basis, it is important that the First State’s Hispanic residents be informed that we are one of the state’s most important resources for historical research and vital statistical information.”

“It is an honor for the members of the commission to represent all the Hispanic residents at the first Behind the Scenes tour in Spanish at the Delaware Public Archives,” said Javier Torrijos, chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission. “This effort is evidence of the impact of the Hispanic community’s contribution and involvement in programs and services develop by Delaware’s state agencies.”

The tours in Spanish of this facility offer visitors an opportunity to learn more about the role of the DPA, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean. Archives Director Marz notes, “Many people who have toured the Archives are surprised by the amount of documents and photographs that are stored at the facility. Because the Delaware Public Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records, we are well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.”

Part of the tour included a viewing of the new display honoring African-American genealogy research in Delaware. Tours of the Delaware Public Archives are free to the public, but reservations are required. Contact Tom Summers, thomas.summers@state.de.us, 302-744-5047, for more information about tours.

For more information about the Delaware Public Archives, including a Spanish section accessible from the homepage, go to archives.delaware.gov. The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover.