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Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” in Lewes, Del. on May 25, 2019

Historical and Cultural Affairs | News | Sussex County | Date Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019



(DOVER, Del.—May 13, 2019)—The adventure, romance, excitement and hardships experienced by seafarers will be brought to life at the eighth annual Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” that will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Zwaanendael Museum located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del. A complete schedule of activities is included below. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.

The battleship USS Delaware (1909-1924). The vessel will be discussed during the lecture "American Naval Ships Named Delaware" that will be presented by author and retired U.S. Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe during the Zwaanendael Maritime Festival on May 25, 2019.
The battleship USS Delaware (1909-1924). The vessel will be discussed during the lecture “American Naval Ships Named Delaware” that will be presented by author and retired U.S. Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe during the Zwaanendael Maritime Festival on May 25, 2019.

2019 Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” activities

  • “Commodore Jacob Jones,” 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    Theatrical performance in which historical interpreter Dennis Fisher portrays one of Delaware’s heroes of the War of 1812
Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones
Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones
  • Maritime-themed lectures
    Note: Lectures will be held on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator)

–“Perils Afloat,” 11 a.m.
Presented by author and historian Michael Morgan

–“American Naval Ships Named Delaware,” 2 p.m.
Presented by author and retired U.S. Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe

The Zwaanendael Museum was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the state’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch along Hoorn Kill (present-day Lewes-Rehoboth Canal) in 1631. Designed by E. William Martin (architect of Legislative Hall and the Hall of Records in Dover), the museum is modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, and features a stepped facade gable with carved stonework and decorated shutters. The museum’s exhibits and presentations provide a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military and social history.

Zwaanendael Museum
Zwaanendael Museum

The Zwaanendael Museum is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

Picture of the logo of the American Alliance of Museums

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@delaware.gov
Web: http://history.delaware.gov

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Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” in Lewes, Del. on May 25, 2019

Historical and Cultural Affairs | News | Sussex County | Date Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019



(DOVER, Del.—May 13, 2019)—The adventure, romance, excitement and hardships experienced by seafarers will be brought to life at the eighth annual Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” that will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Zwaanendael Museum located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del. A complete schedule of activities is included below. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.

The battleship USS Delaware (1909-1924). The vessel will be discussed during the lecture "American Naval Ships Named Delaware" that will be presented by author and retired U.S. Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe during the Zwaanendael Maritime Festival on May 25, 2019.
The battleship USS Delaware (1909-1924). The vessel will be discussed during the lecture “American Naval Ships Named Delaware” that will be presented by author and retired U.S. Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe during the Zwaanendael Maritime Festival on May 25, 2019.

2019 Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” activities

  • “Commodore Jacob Jones,” 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    Theatrical performance in which historical interpreter Dennis Fisher portrays one of Delaware’s heroes of the War of 1812
Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones
Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones
  • Maritime-themed lectures
    Note: Lectures will be held on the museum’s 2nd floor (entry via staircase; no elevator)

–“Perils Afloat,” 11 a.m.
Presented by author and historian Michael Morgan

–“American Naval Ships Named Delaware,” 2 p.m.
Presented by author and retired U.S. Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe

The Zwaanendael Museum was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the state’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch along Hoorn Kill (present-day Lewes-Rehoboth Canal) in 1631. Designed by E. William Martin (architect of Legislative Hall and the Hall of Records in Dover), the museum is modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, and features a stepped facade gable with carved stonework and decorated shutters. The museum’s exhibits and presentations provide a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military and social history.

Zwaanendael Museum
Zwaanendael Museum

The Zwaanendael Museum is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

Picture of the logo of the American Alliance of Museums

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@delaware.gov
Web: http://history.delaware.gov

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