Workers' World Walking Tour

1p.m.  Sunday May 6, 2018



     Discover the fascinating stories of the immigrant workers who lived along the Brandywine and worked for the DuPont Company in the black powder manufactory. This is the only tour that offers in-depth commentary on Workers' Hill. Tour involves walking on uneven ground. Included in price of admission and free for members. Reservations requested. Call (302) 658-2400, ext. 261. Use Hagley's main entrace off Route 141 in Wilmington Delaware.










For updates on the redevelopment of Fort DuPont:




CWT National Park Day - April 7

10am - 2pm Fort Delaware State Park

45 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706

Basic cleaning and set up work. It's a great chance to help out your local history site, get a behind-the-scenes look at Fort Delaware, and get a free Civil War Trust t-shirt!

NOTE: This is a special work day.

Fort Delaware will not be open to the public at this time.


For CDCWRT members who are planning to travel to the Fort Delaware Society office for meetings,

to research at their library or tour the museum,

please update the new address for GPS settings......

2711 Staff Lane is the new address per the Delaware City Fire Company


The 2nd Delaware

The 2nd Delaware Infantry, also known as the "Living History Society of Delaware Inc." is dedicated to preserving Civil War history through educational activites. These activities include reenactments, living history, and educational presentations. Our membership consist of both infantry and civilian participants. Most of our members are from Delaware and the surrounding counties of Maryland. The 2nd Delaware members have participated in reenactments in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and as far away as Shiloh, Tennessee. We strive for authenticity and a correct portrayal of soldiers and civilians of the Civil War period. 

For more information please visit.


The Central Delaware Civil War Round Table would like to announce the presentation of the

4th Annual

John F. Bochnowski Memorial Award


   The nomination process will begin February 1, 2018, with the last date for accepting nominations being May 1, 2018. Nomination information can be accepted by any current CDCWRT officer or board member. Paragraph submissions should be sent to CDCWRTaward@yahoo.com.  The $500 award will be presented at our June 18, 2018 meeting.


   Nominations may be made by anyone who believes that they know of a student who meets the described criteria:

               -Needs to be a Junior/Senior level in High School/ Home School Program or Freshman/Sophomore College level student living as a legal resident of any County within the State of Delaware.         

               -The nominating person needs to tell us briefly why they feel this student is deserving of this award. The nominating person is requested to be at the planned presentation during the June 2018 meeting.

               -The nominated student will need to write a brief paragraph on what has directed him/her towards the study of the American Civil War, and their educational/career goals that include the study/preservation of American Civil War history. Also they will need to include any past/current activities that focused on the American Civil War: i.e. participating in living history reenactments, educational courses beyond standard high school curriculums, internships/volunteer service at museums/historical sites, etc.


   We will request that the student and their family/legal guardian be agreeable to allowing photographs of the presentation to be used in our newsletter, on the CDCWRT website and possible local newspaper publication.


Polly Steenhagen, Program Director                  Tom Smith, Past President

                                  Bobbi Steele, Vice President, Newsletter Editor


Central Delaware Civil War Round Table @Facebook


March 15, Thursday at 4:00 at the Dover Public Library

  History Book Club Newsletter

(Details available soon)




    18 February 1865: "Strange as it may seem we were actually idiotic enough to believe Sherman would keep his word!  - A Yankee - and Sherman!"

Entry, dated 18 February 1865 from the diary of Emman Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, SC. She writes in great detail about the destruction of Columbia after Sherman's Army has overtaken the city.




    Sights, Sounds, and Smells Walking Tour

1p.m.  Sunday April 15, 2018

    Visitors experience an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder Yard and visit production areas rarely seen by guests. This tour ends with anexplosive finish. Tour involves walking on uneven ground. Included in admission and free fro members. Reservations requested, call (302) 658-2400, ext 261.




Silent Sentinels


On Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will celebrate Women’s History month by hosting a presentation titled “Silent Sentinels.”  This program, presented by Dr. Cynthia Newton of Wesley College, will focus on women in history who exercised political power before they legally had any political rights. She will discuss historical examples, such as the Silent Sentinels who protested outside the White House for women’s suffrage, with specific focus on the contribution of Delaware’s women to that cause, and how they impact discussions of women and power today.


Dr. Cynthia Newton is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the History, Politics, and Society Department at Wesley College. She received her undergraduate degree in Politics and Women’s Studies from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Clark University, also in Worcester. Dr. Newton’s Ph.D. is in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University in Boston. Her professional interests include significant work on obesity as a public policy area, food policy, gender issues, and civics education. She serves as Chair of the Kent County Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware, and as a board member for the Friends of 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 thomas.summers@state.de.us.







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