El Kalmar Nyckel: Nuevos Descubrimientos

P8135645 – Kalmar Nyckel (Foto: Andrew Hanna, KNF)
P8135645 – Kalmar Nyckel (Foto: Andrew Hanna, KNF)

El sábado 7 de enero de 2017 a las 10:30 a.m., Bill Hutchison de la Fundación Kalmar Nyckel tendrá una presentación en los Archivos Públicos de Delaware enfocada en la operación y navegación de la embarcación Kalmar Nyckel y el uso de sus armas.

Se presentarán segmentos de la nueva filmación sobre el barco que revela cómo se llevaron a cabo todas estas operaciones. El Kalmar Nyckel arribó a América en 1638 desde Suecia y los colonos abordo fundaron la colonia de New Sweden en Delaware. Este fue el primer asentamiento europeo establecido en el estado de Delaware y en el área que se convertiría en la Ciudad de Wilmington. La presentación incluirá un nuevo documental, recientemente encontrado, que evidencia el destino del Kalmar Nyckel.

Bill Hutchison, Educador Líder Emérito para la Fundación Kalmar Nyckel, ha servido como miembro voluntario de la tripulación desde 2003. Educador retirado, Hutchinson fue maestro de estudios sociales y administrador en el Distrito Escolar Capital por 35 años y seleccionado como Maestro del Año en 1989. Hutchinson también fue profesor en la Universidad Estatal de Delaware (Delaware State University), Universidad de Wilmington (Wilmington University) y en la Universidad de Delaware (University of Delaware). Como veterano de Vietnam y residente de Delaware por mucho tiempo, Hutchinson recibió su licenciatura en historia de la Universidad de Salisbury y tiene una maestría en educación de la Universidad de Delaware.

Esta presentación es gratis y totalmente en inglés con una duración aproximada de una hora. No se requieren reservaciones. Para más información sobre esta presentación contacte a Tammy Stock (302) 744-5038 o por correo electrónico a tamara.stock@delaware.gov.

Los Archivos de Delaware (DPA por su nombre en inglés, archives.delaware.gov), es una agencia del Estado de Delaware y es uno de los programas de archivo más antiguos en los Estados Unidos. DPA sirve a los residentes de Delaware identificando, coleccionando y preservando los registros públicos de evidente valor histórico; asegurando el acceso a los registros públicos para las generaciones presentes y futuras; y educando a los interesados en la creación, manejo, uso y preservación de los registros públicos.


The Kalmar Nyckel: New Discoveries

P8135645 – Kalmar Nyckel (Photograph by Andrew Hanna, KNF)
P8135645 – Kalmar Nyckel (Photograph by Andrew Hanna, KNF)

On Saturday, January 7, at 10:30 a.m. Bill Hutchison of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on how the Kalmar Nyckel operated, with special emphasis on the navigation of the vessel, and the firing of the ship’s guns. Segments of a new film about the ship will be shown to reveal how these tasks were carried out. The Kalmar Nyckel arrived in America in 1638 from Sweden and the settlers aboard founded the colony of New Sweden on the Delaware. This was the first permanent European settlement established in the State of Delaware and in the area that would become the City of Wilmington. New documentary evidence has recently been uncovered about the fate of the Kalmar Nyckel which will be presented at the program.

Bill Hutchison, Lead Educator Emeritus for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, has served as a volunteer crew member since 2003. A retired educator, Hutchison was a social studies teacher and administrator in the Capital School District for 35 years. He was the district’s Teacher of the Year in 1989. In addition, Hutchison has been an instructor at Delaware State University, Wilmington University, and the University of Delaware. A Vietnam Veteran and life-long resident of Delaware, Hutchison received his BA in history from Salisbury University and his MA in education from the University of Delaware.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Kevin Barni (302) 744-5015 or e-mail Kevin.Barni@delaware.gov.

Delaware Public Archives (DPA, archives.delaware.gov), an agency of the State of Delaware, is one of the oldest public archives programs in the United States. DPA serves the citizens of Delaware by identifying, collecting, and preserving public records of enduring historical and evidential value; ensuring access to public records for present and future generations; and advising and educating interested parties in the creation, management, use, and preservation of public records.


DNREC, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation to showcase recently-established sustainable landscaping project at Wilmington shipyard Oct. 18

Bioswale at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard
Bioswale at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard. Photo by Karissa Hendershot.

WILMINGTON – DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation invite the public to join in an event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 showcasing established sustainable landscaping at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation shipyard, 1124 East 7th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The event will feature Dr. Sue Barton, associate professor and extension specialist at the University of Delaware, who will discuss the importance of using native species to create a sustainable landscape, such as the bioswale at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation site, which was planted one year ago and already graces the former Brownfield site.

A monarch butterfly perches on native plantings at the Kalmar Nyckel site.
A monarch butterfly perches on native plantings at the Kalmar Nyckel site. Photo by Matt Sarver.

Speakers also will include Marjorie Crofts, director of DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, who will speak on the Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation site; and Matt Sarver of Sarver Ecological, LLC, who will provide information on the native plants used at the site. Site tours and information about sustainable landscaping projects also will be available at the event.

“The Brownfields redevelopment of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation shipyard and the sustainable landscaping of the bioswale area is a real testament to the dedication of so many people, most notably, Dr. Sue Barton and Matt Sarver, who donated their services in designing the plantings,” said DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats. “This was a huge collaborative effort, using pick axes and augers, as well as shovels and a lot of sweat in height of the summer heat to achieve the planting of over 4,000 wildflower and grass plants, along with 400 shrubs and trees at the site.”

“DNREC’s strong partnership with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and their commitment to the conservation and stewardship of our historic, cultural and environmental resources, has resulted in the sustainable landscaping at the site, now established beautifully for all Delawareans and visitors to enjoy,” Coats added.

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation shipyard is the ship’s home port and site of the foundation’s maritime center and educational programming. It is adjacent to the landing place of the original Kalmar Nyckel, a Dutch-built merchant vessel which led a group of ships that brought the first Swedish and Finnish settlers to the Delaware Valley in 1638. Built, maintained and operated by the Foundation as a re-creation of the original 17th century ship, the current Kalmar Nyckel was recognized as Delaware’s official “Tall Ship” by Governor Jack Markell in a formal bill signing Sept. 9.

The many volunteers who participated in the massive planting of native species at the shipyard site include DNREC’s Site Investigation and Restoration Section (SIRS) staff, who administer the Brownfields Development Program; members of the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) Advisory Committee’s Ecological Revitalization and Green Remediation Subcommittee; Kalmar Nyckel volunteers and staff, and EA Engineering, Science, and Technology staff, who co-designed and managed the project for SIRS.

Brownfields sign at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard
Brownfields sign at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard. Photo by Greg Decowsky.

The shipyard is a Brownfield site owned by the City of Wilmington that was cleaned up through Delaware’s Brownfields Development Program, which is administered by DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances. The approximately 2.2-acre site was formerly part of the Jackson and Sharp American Car Foundry railcar manufacturing and shipping operations. Remediation activities were completed in 2015. “The sustainable landscaping project was developed to demonstrate the economic and aesthetic value of landscaping with native plants on Brownfields and other remedial sites,” Director Crofts noted, “but the completed project has far exceeded initial expectations.”

“This project has become quite a success story, demonstrating the value of supporting native wildlife on small sites, especially in urban areas, as well as providing quality of life benefits for nearby residents, with the enhanced aesthetics and presence of native wildlife that go hand-in-hand with native plantings,” Crofts said. “Our work here takes Brownfields development to a new level of environmental protection by not just removing or sequestering contaminants under pavement or soil/lawn, but actually beginning to revitalize the local ecosystem, making the site truly productive in an ecological, as well as an economic sense.”

This fall, it is easy to see how the native plantings at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation site are already successful in attracting large numbers of butterflies and other beneficial insects. These in turn are expected to support increased populations of native birds in future years. SIRS and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will be studying the site as the plantings become more established to document wildlife usage, as well as the maintenance costs and the ecological and quality-of-life benefits of urban redevelopment.

For more information about sustainable landscaping, including the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation project, please contact Kate Durant at 302-395-2600 or email Kathryn.Durant@delaware.gov.

For more information about the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, visit https://kalmarnyckel.org/.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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