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Hello again, preservation enthusiasts and friends!  It’s been almost two years since this blog was updated last, but we’re back and ready to share our research, documentation, and planning adventures with the world!

There’s been a lot of changes and exciting news over the past year in our department.  We graduated our second class of MA-HP students in May 2013, and just got a new group of first years, our lovely and talented Class of 2015!

We moved back to our home on the third floor of Alison Hall, which has been renovated and is absolutely beautiful.  We’re all very thrilled to have windows and such a nice workspace!

Project-wise, we’ve been extremely busy! Over the past two years, we have…

  • Continued work on the White Clay Creek Dams project in Fall 2012’s Research Methods class, researching and presenting on several of the historic dams
  • Progressed in our efforts at preserving and organizing the Delaware Board of Agriculture’s Hammond Collection through creating an organized reference database and rephotographing some of the images using a large format camera
  • Conducted research and documentation at New Castle’s Penn Farm as the Class of 2013’s capstone project
  • Carried out two separate projects in Delaware City:  interviewing residents as part of an oral history project, and researching and documenting the Eastern Lock of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
  • Researched and produced measured drawings of historic properties such as Poplar Hall, the Jester-Day House, and the J.A. Bidderman Estate, throughout New Castle County through a partnership with MAHBS
  • Surveyed diverse intrinsic quality sites throughout the state to assist DelDOT in developing a potential new Scenic and Historic Byway as part of their Delaware Byways program

That was just to catch you all up, but stay tuned for another post this week about what we’ve got in store this year!

On Friday, potentially the last field work day of the semester, the MAHBS crew went to the Dempsey Farm in Corner Ketch.

Front Elevation of the Dempsey House


The Dempsey Farm is currently being restored by the owners of the property, which made it an excellent site to document and study, because all of the walls are exposed. Some of the CHADsters are doing historic research back in the office, trying to date the construction of the house. The property has been owned by the Dempsey family since the 1870s!  We do know that the Dempsey Farm, was once a combination store and living space. The family even has a historic photo to prove it!

Dempsey Farm circa 1880 : Photo Courtesy of Lou Dempsey

The Dempsey Farm is one of the properties selected for the New Castle County project. It is one of 3 other sites, that MAHBS will document for the county this academic year. The final documentation package, along with all of the other New Castle County properties will be submitted at the end of May 2012.


Second Floor Interior


As I mentioned previously, this was potentially our last fieldwork day of the fall semester because CHAD is MOVING! The whole office has to be packed and ready to go by December 19th! More details on the CHAD move to come.