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Zwaanendael Museum Speaker Series

September 8, 2023 - September 23, 2023

Join the Zwaanendael Museum for a new speaker series! Through lectures, music and historic theater, History Revival: Coastal Chronicles seeks to widen the understanding of Delaware’s maritime history. Held in partnership with the Lewes Public Library with funding provided by a grant from the Delaware Humanities. All programs will be held at the Lewes Public Library. Registration is suggested, but not required in person attendance. Some programs are available virtually via Zoom, and registration is required to attend online. All programs are free. Visit the Lewes Public Library’s History Revival page for more information and to register, or call 302-645-1148 or email Zmuseum@delaware.gov for more information.


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2023: The Wreck of the Faithful Steward on Delaware’s False Cape. Join author Michael Dougherty as he discusses his book “The Wreck of the Faithful Steward on Delaware’s False Cape”. Dougherty tells the story of the wreck and the people on board the. Online and in-person, 5 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2023: Possum Point Players Radio Show – The Bickersons at Sea. The Possum Point Players return to Lewes for a night of radio entertainment! After a brief introduction to some of the popular shows of the “Golden Age of Radio”, they will reach into their radio show archives and present a radio classic See and hear them live and in person! In-person, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023: The Lightship Overfalls. John Bolster of the Overfalls Foundation will discuss the story of Overfalls (LV118) and its history as a lightship, from when it was launched in 1938 to when it arrived in Lewes in 1973. Online and in-person, 2:00 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023: The H.M.S. Debraak. Join Claudia Leister as she discusses her involvement with the shipwreck the H.M.S Debraak. Following the ship’s salvage in 1986, Claudia was heavily involved in the processing, cataloging, and curating of artifacts from the shipwreck. Online and in-person, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 15, 2023: Delaware’s Naval Heritage. Presented by author and retired Navy Captain Bill Manthorpe Since retiring full time to the Delaware Coast in 1998, Bill has been researching, writing, and speaking on the naval and maritime history of Delaware. He has contributed articles to Pull Together, the publication of the Naval Historical Foundation, and the Journal of the Lewes Historical Society. Online and in-person, 6:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 15, 2023: Oysters Farming. Presented by Alan Davis, owner and operator of Inland Bays Shellfisheries, LLC, an oyster farm in Rehoboth Bay. Mr. Davis will share his journey into oyster farming and what the farming process is like. Online and in-person, 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023: Sea Shanty Sing- Along. Join Zwaanendael historic interpreters Thomas Pulmano and Laurie Conner as they explore the history of sea shanties. Then, sailors young and old are encouraged to sing along to a few historic shanties. Online and in-person, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 22, 2023: The Impact of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse on the US Lighthouse Service. Presenter Fred Dylla is a physicist with a long interest in the history of science and technology. Before retiring to Lewes in 2015, he was the Executive Director of the American Institute of Physics. Dylla co-moderates the “Science and Society” series at the Lewes Public Library. The presentation will explain the role the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse played in the conversion to safer “Fresnel” lenses. In-person, 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023: The Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Tracy Lewis will give a talk about the history of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse which still stands at the southern border of Delaware. In-person, 2 p.m.


Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023: Prince George’s Chapel open house. Tour this National-Register-of-Historic-Places-listed site that was built in 1755 as an Anglican chapel-of-ease named in honor of the English prince who would later become King George III. Prince George’s Chapel, 32040 Chapel Lane, Dagsboro. 1:30–4:30 p.m. Free admission. 302-321-9020.

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September 8, 2023
September 23, 2023


Lewes Public Library
111 Adams Avenue
Lewes,DE19958United States
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