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March 31 and April 1, 2017
Free & Open to the Public
The public is cordially invited to attend "Voices of the Past: Black Patriots of the American Revolution" sponsored by the George Washington Society of Delaware, and funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum and the Museum of the American Revolution of Philadelphia.
"Voices of the Past: Black Patriots of the American Revolution" will be held at the Delaware Historical Society, 504 Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware on Friday evening, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017. Friday evening's program will feature Jeffrey Finegan, author of the children's book, "Colonel Washington and Me" about George Washington and his slave, Billy Lee, who served at his side throughout the American Revolution.
Special Friday evening guests will include Willis Phelps, Jr., a retired 'Airborne' soldier with 42 years of military service who will open the evening with his 4th of July speech, "I Am Your Flag." Mr. Phelps retired in 1998 from the Delaware National Guard with the rank of Master Sergeant and was promoted to Sergeant Major with State Honors, and Dr. Lawlor Rogers, who sang the role of Billy Lee in Evelyn Swensson's award winning 2006 musical, "Billy Lee's George Washington."
Saturday will feature African American re-enactors and scholars of national reputation. Our goal is that "Voices of the Past: Black Patriots of the American Revolution" to help bridge the gap between the expanding academic scholarship of the black experience and the need for this history to be more widely taught and available.
Children and families are cordially invited to attend.
March 11, 2017
I just wanted to say thank you to Kim Burdick for passing along information about a teaching seminar this summer at the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington D.C. for a week of this summer. I have been accepted and I am excited to get to go. I am attaching the schedule so you can know what I am up to this summer.
December 30, 2016
Kim's book, "Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State" published November 21, 2016 is available at Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, and at local bookstores.[Charleston, SC. History Press, 2016. ISBN 978.1.46713.584.9].
Thanks to New Castle Court House Museum for hosting the Book Launch !
Book Review Book Cover
October 25, 2016
World Trade Center Delaware Names Carla Sydney Stone as Executive Director
The Board of the World Trade Center Delaware is pleased to announce that Carla Sydney Stone will join its staff as Executive Director.
Stone, a recipient of the "Exporter of the Year Award" from the U.S. SmallBusiness Administration, is the founder and principal of International Development & Technical Assistance, LLC, a firm that provides global consulting services to companies, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies. Prior to founding IDTA, she managed Delaware Tech's international programs and partnerships to provide aid to other countries, and worked in banking and energy.
Stone is a graduate of Columbia University's Henry Krumb School of Mines with a bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering, Geophysics Option and master's degree in Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics. She has additional certifications in water and wastewater, OSHA and international project management. She has worked to promote U.S. exports throughout the world in countries as diverse as China, Bulgaria and Jordan. Stone's most recent projects have included working with a NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme in Macedonia; developing Romania's plan to bring telemedicine to rural areas; helping U.S. companies respond to the Ebola outbreaks; providing technical assistance to U.S. manufacturers wishing to improve product quality in their supply chain; and, providing training to Middle Eastern water utilities. She is a consultant to governments on critical areas of trade, environment, human capability and resource management.
Stone is currently president of the board of the Delaware chapter of People to People International, board member of the Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities and sits on the International Council of Delaware. She is a former board member of World Trade Center Delaware.
October 7, 2016
"In recognition of her efforts to promote Preservation 50, celebrating the Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and in appreciation for her dedicated service to historic preservation in Delaware." More Info
September 21, 2016
Congratulating Hale Byrnes' lawyer Professor Emeritis Thomas J. Reed, by the Dean Rodney A. Smolla of the Delaware Law School of Widener University:
"Please join me in congratulating Emeritus Professor Tom Reed on receiving a Paul Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award through the 2016 Delaware Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards program. This is the most prestigious award the program bestows.
Tom has contributed free legal work to 14 Delaware nonprofit organizations since 1994, but his nomination placed the greatest emphasis on his service to U.S. Veterans through the Veterans Law Clinic here at the law school. When he founded the clinic as a program through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services in 1997, it was the first of its kind in the country. Tom represented 108 Delaware clients from then until the program gained clinic status in 2006.
Tom has logged 902 volunteer hours in free legal service to veterans through the clinic since 2010, when he retired from teaching and serving as clinic director. His commitment to veterans and the clinic's pro bono service has been profound. The clinic has recovered more than $9 million in benefits owed to U.S. veterans.
Tom will receive the award at a dinner Oct. 19 at Dover Downs Hotel."
September 8, 2016
From Emily Reed: The Wilmington News Journal gave me a birthday present - my beautiful, 320th published panorama. This was taken at a Sunshine Plein Air Artists session at the historic Hale-Byrnes house. I was looking through the hibiscus on the banks of White Clay Creek . Thanks to Kim Burdick for sharing the lovely grounds at Hale-Byrnes.
September 1, 2016
Megan Giordano Fellowship
I hope this email finds you well. I am emailing to let you know that I recently accepted the Megan Giordano Fellowship at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. My duties include teaching public history courses at Rowan and serving as curator at Red Bank Battlefield Park and Whitall House in Gloucester County, NJ. The park includes the James and Ann Whitall House (built in 1748), home to a Quaker family. The Whitalls ran a farm, orchard, shad fishery, and more. The Park also includes the site of the 1777 Battle of Red Bank (American victory against the Hessians, which was part of the Philadelphia campaign) and the site of Fort Mercer. The Whitall home served as a field hospital after the battle. The Park, as you may know, is on the Delaware River and is directly across from Fort Mifflin and the Philadelphia airport.
The fellowship, which is renewable yearly, is named after former Red Bank curator Megan Giordano, a 2005 graduate of the Winterthur Program who passed away in 2011.
As you can imagine, I am really excited to start this position as I finish up my dissertation on material culture and disability in early America at Delaware. You can continue to email me at this address and also at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be in touch to visit me at Red Bank!
August 2, 2016
Out With Invasives
Please mark your calendar for our fall "Out With Invasives" event in collaboration with Christiana Conservancy, and members of the Hale Byrnes House at their site along the White Clay Creek, on Saturday, October 15, 9-11 a.m. More info later.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. We will hope for some cool, dry weather.???
July 13, 2016
COME HALE OR HIGH WATER
Kim Burdick, resident curator of the Hale Byrnes House near Stanton, Delaware, was recently appointed to the Awards Selection Committee of the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Alliance. The annual awards dinner is held in Philadelphia in June. Kim was also asked to be the keynote speaker at the February meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of Society of Architectural Historians.
June 20, 2016
Kim Burdick will be a speaker at the 18th Annual Chautauqua in Lewes, Delaware on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm at Zwaanendael Park. This Years' theme is "Making the First State Shine: 50 Years of Historic Preservation in Delaware." Kim's talk is " Louise Crowninshield, Preservation Pioneer." [ HERE ]
May 28, 2016
Board member, Michael McDowell, is a guest speaker at the Harriet Tubman conference. See below.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9:30 AM
Subject: Registration Open for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference 2016
Happy Memorial Day Weekend to everyone! We here at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference would like to remind you that registration is still open for June 3-4. Our volunteers and members have been working very hard to make this the best conference yet and we believe that you will feel the same. A link at the end of this email will take you to the registration page. Please note that those using school or government internet access may encounter difficulties signing up so we highly recommend that you register at home if possible. While we have worked to make this as simple as possible, you can contact us at email@example.com if you encounter any problems. Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you soon!
Click Here to register for our 2016 conference
May 18, 2016
Hale Byrnes got a nice little plug on WHYY tv May 16 show "Dela-Where Else: A Quirky Look at the State of Delaware" narrated by Robin Brown, Russ McCabe, and Todd Chappelle! Awesome and right in keeping with Preservation 50's "This Place Matters" theme! You can watch it online at WHYY.org. They also posted other two "Dela-Where?" specials.
Mar 14, 2016
NEW! Sunday Afternoon Series starting Sunday, April 17, 2016 Celebrates the 50th Anniversary
of the National Historic Preservation Laws! [ HERE ]
Dec. 16, 2015
Board member, Michael McDowell, is assisting noted historian Gary Nash, with an upcoming publication on Warner Mifflin. Michael is one of the area's leading researchers on that topic.
Sept. 23, 2015
Anna May Case, 79 of Kennett Square, passed peacefully surrounded by her devoted husband of 60 years, Jerry Lee Case and her adoring family at Christiana Hospital on September 19, 2015.
Anna May was a graduate of Cedar Falls High School (Iowa) in 1954 where she met the love of her life and soulmate, Jerry, and attended Iowa State Teachers College majoring in art. She was a gifted artist and produced many portraits in charcoal, water color and oil for family and friends over the years.
Passionate about antiques since the 1960's, Anna May was heavily involved in the doll collecting world, first as a notable author featured several times in Antique Doll Collector magazine, and a prolific creator and speaker of interactive slideshows about the varied and historic doll genre where she was an established expert in the field. She shared these enormous talents in the Boardroom as well, and served in leadership positions as the former President of the Leticia Penn Doll Club, former President of the Delaware Doll and Toy Collectors Club, the former Regional Director for the United Federation of Doll Clubs of America (UFDC) and as a member of the Doll Collectors of America. A Life Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and a firm believer in historic preservation, Anna May served faithfully as a former Board member of the Kennett Township Historical Commission and as a former Board member of the Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities supporting the historic Hale-Byrnes House.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jerry Lee Case, MD, daughter Vickie Lynn Hearn of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, son Brad Alan Case, MD, of Grand Junction, CO, son Michael Scott Case of Norwalk, CT, son Steven Lee Case, MD, of Eden, NC, son Mark Edward Case, MD, of Wilmington, DE, son Christopher John Case of Port Saint Lucie, FL, daughter Mary Heather DiPasquale of Danville, PA, daughter Jennie Louisa Queen of Landenberg, PA, son Patrick William Case of Lady Lake, FL, seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Friends of Anna May and Jerry are invited to call on Friday, October 2nd, at the Chandler Funeral Home and Crematory, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, from 12 PM to 2PM, followed by a Service of Remembrance from 2PM to 3PM at the same location. Her family cordially invites all to join them for a celebration of Anna May's life to be held at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club immediately following at 100 East Locust Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348, from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Anna May's honor be made to the Brain Injury Association of Delaware.
Aug. 6, 2015
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May 26, 2015
"A Quaker Struggles With the War" By Kim Burdick [ HERE ]
May 24, 2015
"With dam gone, will shad return?" News Journal article by Molly Murray [ HERE ]
April 20, 2015
Kim Burdick's article on Lafayette and the tall ship L'Hermione was published in the April
Journal of the American Revolution. [ HERE ]
April 7, 2015
Article by Mike McDowell published in the Dover Public Archives newsletter. [ HERE ]
December 18, 2014
Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs
gets Help from Hale Byrnes House! [ HERE ]
November 20, 2014
Kim Burdick was the featured speaker of Delaware Archaeological Society (ASD) in Lewes, Delaware. [ HERE ]
June 18, 2014
Video of April 12, 2014 presentation [ HERE ]
December 11, 2013
Nice article by Carolyn Roland, "The Old House Lady!" [ HERE ]
December 8, 2013
Thank you all for making yesterday's Holiday Open House and Round Table one of the most successful to date! The food was wonderful, the decorations elegant, the mood cheerful and pleasant. From the guest register ( although not everyone who came signed in) it looks like we had at least 120 people in and out throughout the day. A record for sure! Beth and Cathy's key chains, book marks, postcards much appreciated---as is the fact they stayed from 10 am to 10 p.m., always on their feet, always gracious. Linda Moss's and Bill Lindsey's music was perfect, subtle and appropriate and very much appreciated. Dick Niekamp's colonial muskets, Rich Paul's lighting collection, and Lois Niekamp's gentle showing of our Isaiah Thomas Bible were of great interest to our visitors, and Bob Selig's evening talk was so well-received that I was afraid the Q & A would keep that wonderful man here until midnight! Kathy deSimone, Linda Duffy, Debbie Poffenberger, Donna Draper, Nancy Parker, the twins, Oriole O'Neill, Barbara Miller and AnnaMay Case, what would we do without you? Awesome ladies, all! See you in April for our first program in 2014, when Ms. Kip Cherry will be our first Round Table speaker, updating us on the new Battle of Princeton which is currently raging between developers vs Princeton Battlefield Society.
November 13, 2013
This link is to a White Clay Creek Newsletter article by Kate Miller. "Will The White Clay Run Silver Again?" [ HERE ]
October 18, 2013
Congratulations to Barbara White, immediate past president of the Hale Byrnes House! This link is to an excellent article about the painstaking new project Barbara is working on: [ HERE ]
August 8, 2013
The work of two Hale Byrnes House scholars is featured in the August, 2013 issue of Quaker Hill Quill, published by:
Quaker Hill Preservation Foundation
521 West Street
To read Mike McDowell and Kim Burdick's articles on local Quakers during the American Revolutionary era, please click [ HERE ]