Delaware honors 100 years of women’s suffrage

DOVER — Believe it or not, women have had the right to vote for less than half of the United States’ history. By 1919, the issue had come to a head after decades of intense lobbying around the country. Amidst much protest, Congress approved a constitutional amendment providing suffrage — the right to vote — […]

Caesar Rodney senior penning historical play

CAMDEN — It’s not every day that one brings history to life. But in the spring, when Caesar Rodney High School senior Audree Wells’ production goes up at First State Heritage Park, she’ll be doing just that. “I’m excited to see people that I’ve written about,” Audree said last week at the high school. “It’s […]

Caesar Rodney’s Thanksgiving declaration dazzles researcher

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines… *** Quite often, the Delaware Public Archives team will wow its followers with an item from long, long ago. Last Sunday, the archives’ social media pages featured an image of a Revolutionary War-era proclamation from then-Delaware President Caesar Rodney. The proclamation appointed Dec. 30, 1778, […]

Veteran resolve: Military goes from war to career for Smyrna’s Richardson

DOVER — It was an autumn day in November of 1950 when William Richardson’s life changed forever. That was when he discovered that Selective Service had made him one of more than 1.5 million men who were drafted into the Korean War, which lasted from June 1950 until the armistice agreement in 1953. Many might […]

Commentary: US military is a part of the history of Berlin

Veterans Day 2019 coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and flyers, Berlin’s history over the last century has been linked with their service and sacrifice. More than 100,000 American soldiers died in the fields of Europe in World War I. That number more than […]

Letter to the Editor: Reflect on, honor veterans on Veterans Day and beyond

On Veterans Day, we are reminded to reflect on and appreciate the sacrifices made by those who have served our great nation. Since 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 to be Armistice Day, Americans have had a proud tradition of celebrating veterans and all they do to safeguard the freedoms we hold dear. […]

Letter to the Editor: Give them all glory

I have interviewed more than fifty WWII veterans, and helped them each write their story. When asked to pick my favorite story, it led to the following poem, in which each line relates to a specific veteran I have interviewed: From those whom I’ve met You ask for the best story I can’t say just […]

Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV

Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called “the hottest daytime soap opera” — the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. It was a communal experience, and by some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate […]

Commentary: For Veterans Day, what is the secret of America?

What is America’s secret? How is this country “exceptional” or “unique?” For this Veterans Day, let us consider this question. To my mind, Veterans’ Day is an even more important holiday than even the Fourth of July. We declared our freedom on July 4; we kept it because of the sacrifices made Americans on Veterans’ […]

‘Harriet’ renews focus on Delaware Tubman byway spots

There’s a 95-mile stretch — winding from Sandtown up through Wilmington — that maps out the path that Harriet Tubman took through Delaware to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people through the Underground Railroad. Ms. Tubman’s journey from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Pennsylvania, guiding her enslaved family and friends to freedom in the mid-1880s, […]