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By Dorothy Fleetwood | September 23, 1990
Of the many special events planned throughout the year at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del., Family Day on Saturday ranks high in popularity. Now in its fourth year, it offers a full day of activity for all ages from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since the museum stands on the original site of the du Pont black powder mills that flourished during the 19th century, many of the events relate to that era.On Blacksmith Hill, the Hagley's 19th century workers' community, visitors can enjoy a Punch and Judy show, enter wheelbarrow races, participate in school classes or watch interpreters perform daily chores.
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By Karin Remesch | April 1, 1999
Eleutherian Mills kitchen opensStarting today, the kitchen of Hagley Museum's du Pont family ancestral home in Wilmington, Del., will be open to the public. The kitchen and lower pantry reflect the period between 1925 and 1930 when Louise Crowninshield, the great-granddaughter of DuPont company founder E.I. du Pont, first occupied the residence. Both of the rooms have many of their original 1920s features, including built-in cabinets used to store pots and pans, two porcelain sinks which stand on slender cabriole legs, a large built-in ice box, and a 1920s Glenwood four-burner stove.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | April 23, 1995
A Storybook Garden Party will transform the E.I. du Pont French garden into a magical place for families with children ages 3 to 11 on April 30. The garden is part of the Hagley Museum complex in Wilmington, Del., built on the site of the original du Pont mills and estate.The day's events will take place in the garden and in the DuPont Co.'s first office on the museum's upper property from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In case of inclement weather, many of the activities will be moved indoors. Activities are tied to children's favorite books.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | June 19, 1997
WILMINGTON, Del. - Back in the days when cornflakes were strange and "In-Er-Seal" cracker boxes triggered anxiety, when new-and-improved companies such as Kellogg and National Biscuit were forging the way into the 20th century, an obscure, doughy-faced book-peddler named David McConnell decided to ditch publishing and embrace odors.Overnight in 1892, McConnell's New York-based Union Publishing Co. became the California Perfume Co. - a name that bore the aura, he said, of coastal blossoms - and another marketing epic began.
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By Karin Remesch | April 1, 1999
Eleutherian Mills kitchen opensStarting today, the kitchen of Hagley Museum's du Pont family ancestral home in Wilmington, Del., will be open to the public. The kitchen and lower pantry reflect the period between 1925 and 1930 when Louise Crowninshield, the great-granddaughter of DuPont company founder E.I. du Pont, first occupied the residence. Both of the rooms have many of their original 1920s features, including built-in cabinets used to store pots and pans, two porcelain sinks which stand on slender cabriole legs, a large built-in ice box, and a 1920s Glenwood four-burner stove.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | June 19, 1997
WILMINGTON, Del. - Back in the days when cornflakes were strange and "In-Er-Seal" cracker boxes triggered anxiety, when new-and-improved companies such as Kellogg and National Biscuit were forging the way into the 20th century, an obscure, doughy-faced book-peddler named David McConnell decided to ditch publishing and embrace odors.Overnight in 1892, McConnell's New York-based Union Publishing Co. became the California Perfume Co. - a name that bore the aura, he said, of coastal blossoms - and another marketing epic began.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | December 25, 1994
Holiday events continue to keep daytrippers busy around the region. If you were unable to attend some of the celebrations before Christmas, here's one more chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.Take a Christmas trip up U.S. 1 for a visit to some of the fine museums of the Brandywine Valley. First stop is Winterthur Museum near Wilmington, Del. "Yuletide at Winterthur," through Jan. 8, recalls winter holiday celebrations of the 18th and 19th centuries . The tour features more than 20 rooms.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood | December 16, 1990
Holiday traditions of the 19th century are highlighted this month at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington. "Christmas at the Hagley" looks back on the holiday celebrations of the first du Pont family at their home, Eleutherian Mills. The grand staircase in the entrance hall is adorned with ribbons and greens; a Victorian Christmas tree in the parlor is surrounded by dolls, miniature furniture and other 19th century toys; and a display of old musical instruments and a "Christmas harp" fashioned from greens and strung with cranberries demonstrates the importance of music to the du Pont family.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood | December 15, 1991
"Christmas at the Hagley" highlights holiday traditions of the 19th century through Jan. 1. The Hagley Museum, which is situated on the site of the original du Pont mills, estate and gardens in Wilmington, invites the public to see the decorated du Pont family home, Eleutherian Mills. Elaborate decorations are featured throughout the 1803 mansion from the apple fan doorway to the sweeping stairway in the hall draped with pine ropes and red ribbons, a Victorian tree in the parlor and harp in the music room covered with greens and strung with red berries.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | April 18, 1993
House and garden tours move into Maryland this week with the opening of the 56th annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage on Saturday in Kent County. Additional tours are listed in Cecil, Anne Arundel, Harford, Baltimore and Calvert counties with a final one in Baltimore City May 12.The pilgrimage opens with a tour of Chestertown and its fine old 18th- and 19th-century homes, along with visits to properties on the surrounding waterways. Lunch will be available at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | April 23, 1995
A Storybook Garden Party will transform the E.I. du Pont French garden into a magical place for families with children ages 3 to 11 on April 30. The garden is part of the Hagley Museum complex in Wilmington, Del., built on the site of the original du Pont mills and estate.The day's events will take place in the garden and in the DuPont Co.'s first office on the museum's upper property from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In case of inclement weather, many of the activities will be moved indoors. Activities are tied to children's favorite books.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | January 22, 1995
How did people amuse themselves in the days before television, movies and electronic games? Visitors to the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Del., will learn the answer during two presentations of "Winter Life," scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and again Feb. 12.The museum, on the site of the original du Pont mills, estate and gardens, is dedicated to preserving the lifestyles of a 19th-century industrial complex. Blacksmith Hill, the millworkers community, is normally closed to the public on weekends in the winter, but on these two occasions the area will be open.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | December 25, 1994
Holiday events continue to keep daytrippers busy around the region. If you were unable to attend some of the celebrations before Christmas, here's one more chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.Take a Christmas trip up U.S. 1 for a visit to some of the fine museums of the Brandywine Valley. First stop is Winterthur Museum near Wilmington, Del. "Yuletide at Winterthur," through Jan. 8, recalls winter holiday celebrations of the 18th and 19th centuries . The tour features more than 20 rooms.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | August 7, 1994
Have a "Summer Blast" at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a new family-style event, designed to celebrate the Hagley's past, when the site was the world's largest black-powder mill. Visitors will learn how various forms of explosive force were used to lighten workloads, speed travel, wage war and maintain peace.Blasts will be heard from cannons as well as from internal combustion engines. You will also see rocket-making and firing, and shooting demonstrations.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | May 1, 1994
The Gardens Collaborative, a consortium of 28 gardens, historic houses and arboretums in the Delaware Valley, presents the "World's Largest Garden Party," featuring more than 100 events this spring -- everything from fairs and festivals to scavenger hunts, races, tours and concerts.One is the Storybook Garden Party today at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington. In the E.I. du Pont French Garden, families can enjoy puppet shows, 19th-century games, theatrical productions, music, a mini-flower show and nature walks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.In one corner of the garden, costumed storybook characters read children's stories, and Mother Goose and other strolling characters make balloon animals.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | February 6, 1994
"Winter Life at Hagley" continues next Sunday in the second of two winter programs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington.The museum, on the grounds of the original du Pont mills, estate and gardens, is dedicated to preserving the lifestyles of a 19th-century American industrial complex. During winter months Blacksmith Hill, the millworkers community, is normally closed to the public on weekends, but it will be open next Sunday. Visitors can stop at the Gibbons House, home of mill foremen during the mid 19th century.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | February 6, 1994
"Winter Life at Hagley" continues next Sunday in the second of two winter programs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington.The museum, on the grounds of the original du Pont mills, estate and gardens, is dedicated to preserving the lifestyles of a 19th-century American industrial complex. During winter months Blacksmith Hill, the millworkers community, is normally closed to the public on weekends, but it will be open next Sunday. Visitors can stop at the Gibbons House, home of mill foremen during the mid 19th century.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | September 19, 1993
A flurry of fall activities creates a dilemma for next weekend's daytripper. Heritage celebrations, a fall festival, tour of horse farms, a garden fair and historic homes' tour -- these are all just a daytrip away."
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | December 19, 1993
"Christmas at Hagley" is a view of a 19th-century holiday at the original du Pont mills and estate near Wilmington. Tours run daily through Jan. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., giving visitors an opportunity to see Hagley's 240-acre property festively decorated for the holidays.At Eleutherian Mills, the 1803 du Pont family home, pine roping winds up the sweeping stairway. Hand-made decorations are used extensively and adorn the Victorian Christmas tree in the parlor. Also featured at the mansion is a collection of lace, including bonnets dating from 1815, a parasol, a Victorian neck piece and Belgian war lace made during World War I.One of the tour-stops is the 19th-century machine shop, where you can see demonstrations of steam toys.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | September 19, 1993
A flurry of fall activities creates a dilemma for next weekend's daytripper. Heritage celebrations, a fall festival, tour of horse farms, a garden fair and historic homes' tour -- these are all just a daytrip away."
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