First Saturday events celebrate the wonders of science

Visitors to First Saturday in the First State can engage in a murder mystery at The Old State House. Interview witnesses and solve the crime. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — On Saturday, the First State Heritage Park will celebrate science and how it affects every part of human life and has for centuries. Sites within the Heritage Park will be presenting on a variety of sciences from herbal remedies to genetic testing and so much more. At the Biggs Museum of American Art’s “Biggs Kids” program, children of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in natural science as well as engineering to create their own lighthouse.

Events are as follows:

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Revolutionary Medicine, John Bell House, 43 The Green

Learn about 18th century medicine and how inventions of Dover’s own Dr. James Tilton saved lives during the War for American Independence.

• Guided Tours of The Old State House, 25 The Green

• Guided Tours of Legislative Hall-Delaware’s Capitol, 411 Legislative Ave.

• From Tin Foil to the 78, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St.

Guided tours will explore the origins of recorded music from the days of the earliest phonographs while discovering inventors who made recorded music part of daily life.

•Biggs Kids – Lighthouses, Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St.

Create your own beach lighthouse, just like the one featured in a painting of Cape Henlopen in the Biggs’ collection. All ages welcome.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

•Tours of the Governor’s House, Woodburn, 151 Kings Highway

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

•Sickness and Health…and the occasional poisoning Walking Tour. Meet at the John Bell House on The Green

Highlighting true stories of medical curiosities of Dover’s past that sound like science fiction.

10:30 a.m.

•Genealogy in your Genes: Using DNA for Genealogical Research, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. North

Learn the basics of “genetic genealogy” as a way to supplement traditional research, find out about comparing test results, and how to target connections.

11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

•Outbreak: Stop the Epidemic!, John Bell House, 43 The Green

Play a game that simulates the spread of smallpox through colonial America. Learn how Delaware’s Dr. James Tilton invented a way to save countless lives during the Revolutionary War, despite limited knowledge of infectious diseases.

1 and 3 p.m.

•“Whodunnit? An Historic Murder Mystery, The Old State House, 25 The Green

This interactive theatrical program asks the audience to help Dr. James Sykes solve an 18th century murder. This program is free but space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 302-744-5054.

1:30 – 4 p.m.

•Tours of Courtroom No. 1 in the Historic Kent County Courthouse. Meet at the front steps of the old courthouse at 38 The Green

Admission to all park sites and programs is free. Centrally located free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North (formerly called Duke of York Street).

For more information about First Saturday events and all First State Heritage Park programs, call 302-739-9194 or visit:


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