The Delaware Public Archives welcomed members from the Harrington Senior Center for a special guided tour of the exhibits, The Great War & The First State and The American Illustration Collection. After touring the exhibits, the ten guests then were provided a Behind-The-Scenes Tour of their vaults where they were shown how the Archives preserves and protects their records, and were provided an up-close view of the Charter Documents. To schedule a free group tour of the Delaware Public Archives call 302-744-5000.
The Great War & The First State is an exhibit created by the Delaware Public Archives to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I. Exhibit highlights include World War I military records, military medals, soldier and civilian-made Trench Art, and the elegant 22-piece Silver Service that was presented to the USS Delaware battleship in 1910. The American Illustration Collection is a new partnership between the Delaware State Archives and the Delaware National Guard that features eighteen original oil paintings from 1918-1919 by famed illustrators Frank E. Schoonover, Gayle Porter Hoskins and Albin Henning in a gallery setting. These artists are among the most popular and prolific illustrators of the 20th century. The paintings on display were commissioned by the Ladies Home Journal to illustrate key events and scenes of World War I, and were printed in their magazine as part of a popular monthly feature.
“These exhibitions provide guests with an unique opportunity to view these documents and artifacts up-close to present a glimpse of the Great War.” Stephen Marz, Director of the Delaware Public Archives and State Archivist said. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to present these exhibitions to our visitors.”
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