Responding to COVID-19 has meant changes for everyone, and Delaware’s historic sites, museums and cultural resources are no exception.
The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has launched a new, creative platform for Delawareans to continue to engage with the history of the First State and enrich their understanding of its people, places, events and artifacts.
The new digital museum provides a wide variety of electronic opportunities to experience Delaware history at home.
To explore the new platform, go to www.history.delaware.gov/delaware-digital-history-museum.
“Even though folks can’t visit our state museums right now, the division’s team of historians, interpreters and conservators are still on the job and working to fulfill our mission of preserving Delaware’s heritage and showcasing our state’s historical legacy,” said division Director Tim Slavin. “We hope that the Delaware Digital History Museum offers a new way for Delawareans to interact with our shared history and learn from it.”
The online museum showcases items from the state’s collections of art and objects, as well as digital exhibits, virtual tours of museums and historic sites, and videos and images of historic landmarks and architecture.
One digital exhibit chronicles the true story of Emeline Hawkins, her family and their 1845 odyssey on the Underground Railroad from slavery in Maryland, through Delaware, to freedom in Pennsylvania.
The new portal also includes a collection of learning activities for school-age children, designed by the division’s museum and educational staff.
The digital museum also is supplemented by regular social media updates from the division’s five museum sites.