COMMENTARY: The ghosts of 1968 are still with us today

Commemorations of historical events can go either way. So it is with 1968, a very active if controversial year in American and world history. Certainly one of the most consequential annum of the Twentieth Century, 1968 was recently described as alternately “wonderful” and [thankfully] “over” by representatives of a college class from that year a […]

COMMENTARY: ‘New constellation’ represents promise, commitment

It was a June day in Philadelphia, perhaps very much like today, that the delegates to the Second Continental Congress voted on a simple motion that created the most recognizable, enduring and powerful symbol of freedom and democracy that the world has ever known. The motion read as follows: “Resolved, That the flag of the […]

Hall making his mark in Delaware preservation

DOVER — Looking out of the window from the top floor of the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office on The Green, Carlton Hall has as good a view on history as anyone in the city. It’s a perfect fit for Mr. Hall, who recently earned a place as the only Delawarean named to the inaugural […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Looking back at Robert F. Kennedy

June 6 is the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert Kennedy, who was, like his brother, the victim of an assassin’s bullet. He was only 42 years old when he died, and was running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Had he lived, he might well have been elected as the 37th president […]

In Delaware, historic preservation matters

“What are we missing that we look so hard for in the past?” asks author Witold Rybczynski. As someone who has practiced in the field of history and preservation for the past three decades, this question is at the core of my work and the work of all those dedicated to preserving, protecting and presenting […]

BEST BETS: Dover NASCAR weekend includes free concert by Bret Michaels

It will be “nothin’ but a good time” around here this weekend as NASCAR comes roaring into Dover International Speedway during a busy few days that already sees Dover Days on Saturday. Highlighting action around the track is a free concert by Bret Michaels Sunday on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza. The singer/songwriter has […]

COMMENTARY: The Second Amendment in the correct historical context

This letter is in response to Mr. Douglass Miller’s letter of April 5, 2018. (“The Second Amendment in historical context,” April 9) There seemed to be several parts to his letter, most of which I agree with. However, when he reached his main points I must respectfully disagree. There is no disputing that what happened […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Legislators, history has its eyes on you

Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, grew up in that great city, each day passing monuments dedicated to heroes of the Confederacy —Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard. But in the days following June 17, 2015, he began seeing them anew. That was the day a young white man, unhinged by hate, gunned down […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: History and today’s poisonous political debate

What can we do about the poisonous present level of political discourse? On the one hand we have a name-calling president, who insults anyone who disagrees with him with junior high level invective — “Little Marco,” “Lying Ted,” “Crooked Hillary;” On the other hand we have people like Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Calif.), who calls […]

State News photojournalist looks back on ’68 unrest

DOVER — Gary Emeigh was focused in on a Wilmington Police officer, backed up tight to a wall and holding a rifle close to his chest. This was in the early morning hours of April 9, 1968, in Wilmington. Like many cities across the country, there was rioting, looting and violence erupting in the days […]