The FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on DECEMBER and JANUARY and, as noted, the blog will be updated monthly (or more frequently, as needed) thereafter. The blog will also include information about other scheduled events at Cape Henlopen State Park.

TOUR DATES IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY. There are several opportunities to tour The Fort Miles Museum with knowledgeable Delaware State Parks’ docents.

DISCOVER BATTERY 519:
Saturdays in December – 12/9: 11AM & 2PM; 12/16: 2PM
Saturdays in January – 1/13: 11AM & 2PM; 1/20: 2PM

Discovery Battery 519: As noted above, guided tours of the Artillery Park and Battery 519 are led by Delaware State Parks’ interpretative guides in December and January. These tours form at the Fort Miles Historical Area Orientation Building. Call 302-644-5007 for reservations and tour information.

Battery 519 Lantern Tours: For a night time view of Battery 519, sign-up for a Lantern Tour offered by DSP interpretative guides. Lantern Tours will be conducted on Saturday, December 16th at 4:30PM and Saturday, January 20th at 5:00P

SAVE THE DATES: FMHA Film and Lecture Series – Initial 2018 Presentations

Saturday, January 27th: German POWs in America
German POWs captured in North Africa, Sicily and Italy were transferred to internment camps throughout the U.S., including 10 in Delaware. This presentation will focus on the camps in Delaware, including Fort Miles and the main camp at Fort DuPont. A POW painting recently loaned to FMHA by a former Fort Miles PBX operator, Lydia Wagamon, creates a Sussex County connection to this little known story of the German soldiers interred in our back yard.

Saturday, February 24th: Operation Drumbeat: German U-Boats in America
U-Boat attacks off the east coast of the U.S. were much more deadly than known by most Americans. This program will focus on German U-Boats U-123 and U-166. U-123 attacked shipping near Rehoboth Beach DE in January, 1942.

Saturday, March 24th: U.S. Marines – The Battle for Iowa Jima
Though well known for the iconic photograph of the U. S. Marines raising the flag at Iowa Jima, the importance of this victory is often overlooked as it related to the ultimate Japanese surrender.

For more information on the FMHA Film & Lecture Series, call 302-645-0753.

Other Events and Programs Offered in December and January at Cape Henlopen State Park:

  • Winter WonderFest (visit wonderfestde.org): December – a variety of events throughout the holiday season
  • Squirrel Away for Winter, Thursday, December 14th, 10:30AM
  • First Day Hike at the Point, Monday, January 1st, 11AM

To learn more about the programs listed above and for information on other Cape Henlopen State Parks’ programs, visit the Delaware State Parks website (destateparks.com) or call 302-645-6852.