First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries to close on Saturday and Sunday

(Dover, DE) Due to the winter storm prediction for the weekend, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries will be closed on Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 24. Weather permitting; the Welcome Center will reopen on Monday, January 25, at 8:00 a.m.  The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries is located within the Delaware Public Archives building located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North in Dover, Delaware.

The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries regular hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Free parking is available adjacent to the Delaware Public Archives building.

For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Beginning Italian Genealogy Workshop – CANCELLED

Due to the winter storm prediction for this coming weekend, the Beginning Italian Genealogy workshop at Delaware Public Archives on Saturday, January 23 has been cancelled.  The program will be rescheduled for a date later this year.  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Summers, (302) 744-5047,

Family Tree Magazine Honors Delaware Public Archives’ Website

Dover – Family Tree Magazine recently named the Delaware Public Archives’ website ( as one of the 75 best state websites for genealogy in 2015.  This designation was made in the December 2015 edition of the magazine and online at: As stated in the announcement by the magazine:

 2015-Family Tree top 75The increasing digitization of state records has made competition fierce for our annual 75 Best State Websites list. Our final selections this year contain a mix of new additions . . . and several tried-and-true favorites. We love finding aids and instruction, but for this list, we focused on sites that provide actual records, transcriptions or indexes.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Delaware Public Archives has received the award. Family Tree Magazine specifically cited DPA’s Collection Gateway search tool on the website and the easy access to Delaware’s Civil War records, naturalization records, historical maps, and other materials. Stephen M. Marz, Director of Delaware Public Archives and State Archivist, stated “Delaware Public Archives is dedicated to providing the genealogical community, both online and in our research facility, with the records they need to search for their family roots.  We are honored that our digital efforts are being recognized by Family Tree Magazine.”

For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Delaware Veterans Parade & Gulf War Dedication: Nov. 7th

Dover – The State of Delaware and the Downtown Dover Partnership invite you to attend the Veterans Parade and the dedication of a new monument honoring Delawareans who served in the Wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Handicapped parking for the monument dedication is available directly across the street from Legislative Hall and the Delaware Public Archives parking lot (please enter from Legislative Avenue because MLK Blvd North will be closed for the event). Additional parking is available in the Townsend Building, Tatnall Building and Credit Union parking lots.

For further information:

Dedication Ceremony – Call the Delaware Division of Research at 302-744-4114 or email

Veterans Parade – Call the Downtown Dover Partnership at 302-678-2940 or email

The Life and Times of Ann Moore Ridgely

Dover — On Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Susanne Fox will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about Ann Moore Ridgely. A most unusual woman, Ridgely lived in Dover from 1775 until 1810 when she died. She was a wife, mother, estate manager, widow, and active member of the Dover community. Married to Dr. Charles Ridgely, her husband died in 1785, leaving her with five young children whom she reared by herself. To complement this program, the Delaware Public Archives will be displaying a set of documents related to Ann Moore Ridgely and the Ridgely family.

Dr. Susanne Fox recently retired from Wesley College where she taught U.S. History, American Culture, Irish History, and Travel Courses to Ireland, Italy, France, Belgium, and Spain for forty years. She holds an A. B. in History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, an M.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation “Gentry Family Dynamics: The Ridgelys of Kent County, Delaware, 1775-1810” was based on over 800 Ridgely family letters, and other Ridgely family papers and account books housed in the Delaware Public Archives.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.