Dover, Del.’s Old State House launches coffee-hour lecture series

Date Posted: Monday, March 24th, 2014
Categories:  Historical and Cultural Affairs News

Old State House History Coffee Hour Lecture Series poster Beginning on April 3, 2014, The Old State House, located at 25 The Green in Dover, Del., will be offering a new series of history lectures that will be held during the time period just after people have left work for the day. Focusing on Delaware-history topics, the lectures will take place between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on selected Thursdays in April, 2014.

A complete listing of Old State House History Coffee-Hour Lecture Series programs follows. Additional lectures will be scheduled based on public interest in the series. All programs are free and open to the public with complimentary coffee available for those in attendance. For additional information, call 302-744-5055.

Old State House History Coffee-Hour Lecture Series

Thursday, April 3, 2014
“A Spy and a Hero: Delaware’s Allen McLane.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Tom Welch on Allen McLane of Smyrna, Del., a hero of the American Revolution, speaker of the state House of Representatives and delegate at Delaware’s Constitution Ratification Convention.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
“Last Call: The Early Temperance Movement in Delaware.” Lecture by Nancy Gardner on the movement which sought to reduce or prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
“Murder and Mayhem: The Borders of Delaware.” Lecture by Brian Cannon, lead historic-site interpreter at the New Castle Court House Museum, on Delaware’s unique arched boundary and the factors that created a lawless environment near the state’s ambiguous borders with Pennsylvania and Maryland.

 Completed in 1791, The Old State House is one of the oldest state-house buildings in the United States, serving as the home of Delaware’s legislature until 1933 when the General Assembly moved to larger quarters in Legislative Hall. The venerable structure now appears as it would have in the late 1700s during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. It features a courtroom, governor’s and county offices and chambers for the state’s Senate and House of Representatives. The building is situated on Dover’s historic Green, a public area designated by William Penn in 1683 which is now a component of the First State National Monument.

Old State House

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