Newark’s 260th an­niv.

Mu­seum to hold Founders Day event


It was 260 years ago this month that Bri­tish King Ge­orge II granted per­mis­sion for a weekly mar­ket at the site of what is now the Wash­ing­ton House Con­do­mini­ums, mark­ing the first for­mal recog­ni­tion of that town that be­came Newark.

On Sun­day, the Newark His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will cel­e­brate the city’s an­niver­sary with its an­nual Newark Founders Day event, set for 2 to 5 p.m. at the mu­seum, which is lo­cated at 429 S. Col­lege Ave., in the old Newark Train Sta­tion. Free park­ing is avail­able at Lewis Park, Kells Park and Phillips Park, and lim­ited hand­i­capped spa­ces are avail­able at the mu­seum.

The event not only cel­e­brates the city’s his­tory but also serves as the sea­son open­ing of the mu­seum. The free mu­seum is closed dur­ing the win­ter, but start­ing this week, it will be open to the pub­lic ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon through Novem­ber.

The mu­seum will un­veil sev­eral new ex­hibits, in­clud­ing one cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the Newark Parks and Recre­ation De­part­ment, an­other look­ing at life in the 1920s and a dis­play fo­cused on the Newark Arts Al­liance. Ex­ist­ing ex­hibits, such as ones about Newark High School and the Univer­sity of Delaware, have been re­vamped.

Sun­day’s event will in­clude chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, raf­fles, a blue­grass per­for­mance by the Ferel Hats and a “liv­ing post­card” photo op­por­tu­nity. The Newark Po­lice De­part­ment will give demon­stra­tions, and Aetna Hose Hook and Lad­der Com­pany’s re­stored 1926 fire en­gine will be on dis­play. Food will be avail­able for pur­chase.

At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Polly Sierer will make a procla­ma­tion, and his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety of­fi­cials will present the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual ser vice award.

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