The American state of Delaware is located in the east, on a peninsula of the same name, washed by the Atlantic Ocean. Calm both in the rhythm of life and in the weather conditions (the climate here is mild, comfortable), Delaware attracts a rich sightseeing program on historical sites, cozy small settlements, wide coasts for beach holidays. Come to the state with your family or alone – a positive experience is guaranteed in any case.
“Diamond”, “First” and one of the smallest – the state of Delaware is considered to be the place where the origins of the USA came from. The settlers of this state in the distant years organized protests against the British rule, standing at the beginning of the Union. Then, they were the first to adopt the Constitution. As a result, Delaware became firmly established in the memory of the Americans as the first entity to join the Union. Another Delaware “nickname” is the Blue Rooster State. Delaware got this name for its favorite show of locals – rooster fights, which, however, will be interesting for tourists.
Despite the fact that Dover is the capital of Delaware, the city is not the largest in the state. Wilmington is rightly recognized as the main center of culture, economy and industry. Here is an incredible number of buildings that store the memory of old times, so even a walk through the streets and explore the neighborhood will be fun. In the central part of Wilmington, the railway station, the headquarters of the chemical concern Dupont, with its unusual architectural design, and numerous churches will surely attract your attention. The oldest of the shrines is the Scandinavian church Holy Trinity, built at the end of the seventeenth century and still receiving visitors today.
Visit the Wilmington Museum of Art and Copeland Sculpture Park. There is a museum in northern Wilmington that tells the story of American industry and the lives of workers of those years. Next to the museum are powder mills and a chic house of the Dupon family, built in the nineteenth century. Here you can also take a walk in the garden. Another park, suitable for leisurely walks – Fort Christine. In Wilmington, as well as in the capital, there are stores selling duty-free, so you can buy gifts and souvenirs here quite profitable.
Other interesting cities of Delaware with interesting sights: Newark, Milford, Smyrna. The main attraction in Newark is the university building. Milford is a city for walks and sightseeing, which is represented by the streets in the central area. Smyrna and Seaford are the samples of calm American life, “two-storey” towns, where there is both developed infrastructure and a wide range of entertainment and cozy atmosphere.
There is no airport in Delaware, so if you choose to travel by air, you will need to get to another state first. The nearest airport is located in neighboring New Jersey. From Philadelphia Airport, there is a shuttle service to several cities in Delaware, including Dover and Rehobot. Also Delaware is bordered by Maryland – by car the distance between states can be overcome in just one and a half hours.
Founded in 1993, the Museum of American Art Swell S. Biggs contains one of the best collections of American fine and decorative art.
A feature of the permanent collection is the only extensive representative collection of American paintings on the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes exhibits from the families of Pila, Albert Birstadt, Gilbert Stewart and Child Hassam. Discover different kinds of art, such as the sculptures of Hiram Powers and images of Brandywine school illustrator Frank E. Schunover. See examples of furniture from early American cabinetmakers, such as the Javier family in Odessa and William Savrey in Philadelphia. The museum also has one of the best collections of regional silver in the country.
Throughout the year, Biggs offers interchangeable exhibitions related to historical and contemporary art themes. Intimate galleries offer guests an unexpected and personal experience with the collection. The museum supports state art education through educational programs for adults and children, as well as special events designed to convey art to everyone.
Whether it is a first visit to the Biggs Museum or a hundredth visit, there is always something new that will please, surprise, enlighten, excite and inspire.
Cathy Dwyer Sausern is Acting Executive Director of the Biggs Museum of American Art and Professor of Museum Business at George Washington University.
She received a brilliant humanitarian education, graduating in 1968 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bachelor of Business Administration.
During her early career (1983-1986), she successfully used her knowledge in finance, fundraising, financial management, and economics as a program manager at The Eugene and Agnes E.Meyer Foundation (Washington, D.C., USA).
Ms. Sausern has extensive experience in museum organization and has 35 years of professional experience.
Over the years, she has managed non-profit organizations, raised funds for various museum projects, and worked with state governments in Washington, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
Key milestones in Kathy Dwyer Southern’s career.
From 1986 to 1989, she was Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Policy at the American Association of Museums, a national organization presenting programs and services for 10,000 museums and museum professionals. (Washington, D.C., USA).