Get a Head Start on Summer with the First State Heritage Park’s First Saturday Events

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DOVER, Del. – This June, the First State Heritage Park offers a wide array of programs for both children and adults. On June 7, as on every First Saturday in the First State, Legislative Hall – Delaware’s Capitol Building offers special hours for tours from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

At 10:30 a.m., Quiet Thunder will be at the Delaware Public Archives for an hour-long interactive children’s program on Native American history. He will instruct children on the life-ways of Delaware’s native peoples through song, dance, and music.

At Museum Square from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., children will have an opportunity to play fun games presented by all three museums. At the Museum of Small Town Life, children will learn popular games from the early 1900s. At the Johnson Victrola Museum, children will play games involving music, and at the Delaware Archeology Museum, children will learn more traditional Native American games.

In remembrance of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy during World War II, the First State Heritage Park presents a special program to honor Delaware’s World War II veterans.  In Legislative Hall at 12:30 p.m., Dr. Gary Wray will give a lecture entitled “Delaware in World War II.”  Dr. Wray will be examining such varied topics as the surrender of U-858, Fort Miles, German prisoners in Delaware, and Delaware heroes in the war.

 At 2 p.m., children may visit the Biggs Museum of American Art to participate in Biggs Kids. This month’s offering is “Blue Photographs,” during which children will learn about antique photographic processes and work with special paper and sunlight to create photographic blueprints. Also, at 2 p.m., adults are encouraged to take a walking tour of the Dover Green to hear stories spanning Dover’s 300 year history. This tour begins at the Delaware Visitor Center.

Partner sites also open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on this First Saturday include Legislative Hall, State House Museum, Delaware Public Archives, the Delaware Visitor Center and Galleries, the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Delaware Archaeology Museum, the Museum of Small Town Life, and the Johnson Victrola Museum.  All sites are free of charge.

For more information, please call 302-739-9194. The First State Heritage Park can be found online at www.destateparks.com/heritagepark.

Established by Governor Ruth Ann Minner in 2004, The First State Heritage Park at Dover is a partnership of state agencies, under the leadership of Delaware State Parks, working in collaboration with city and county government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to create Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.