Delaware Historical Society
Library and research center.
The Delaware Historical Society began in 1864 as an effort to preserve documents from the Civil War. Since then, it has expanded into a statewide historical institution with several venues, including a major museum in Wilmington and the historic Read House & Gardens in New Castle.
The society's Wilmington campus includes the Delaware History Museum, Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Old Town Hall, Research Library, and Willingtown Square. The main museum consists of three rotating exhibit halls in a converted 1941 art deco Woolworth's store. Exhibits include costumes, children's toys and folk art.
The society provides free access to a research library with unique special collections. The collection includes work on Delaware genealogy, maps, and underground railroad as well as a letter from George Washington to Caesar Rodney.
Willingtown Square is a collection of buildings relocated from other sections of downtown. The buildings' interiors serve as office and meeting space for the society but patrons can access the courtyard and grounds.