THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on MAY AND JUNE, 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.

FMHA will be conducting Open Houses in MAY AND JUNE.

Each Open House will present a World War II themed lecture and accompanying film starting with a talk by Dr. Gary Wray, President of FMHA and well known World War II historian and professor. Please note all Film and Lecture Series events start at 1PM.

The Open Houses also enable visitors to see a permanent collection of art painted by Howard Schroeder, while Mr. Schroeder was stationed at Fort Miles from 1942 – 1945. Visitors will also be able to view a rotating collection of works by local artists. Commencing with the May Open House, award winning photographer and Delaware native, Kevin Fleming, will display a variety of photographs for viewing and for purchase. Paintings of local artist Paul Rendel will also be on display, with prints available for purchase.

Saturday, May 27, 1PM:  The Bombing of Europe. The May film and lecture will feature the B-17 and its famous “Ball Turret Gunners.” The B-17 aircraft was the most famous bomber used in World War II. A local WWII veteran ball turret gunner will be in attendance and local artist Paul Rendel will discuss his painting of a B-17G ball turret gunner. Photographs taken by Kevin Fleming will be featured in the new second art gallery.

Saturday, June 24, 1PM: Delaware Shipbuilding in World War II. Joan Lofland of Vineyard Boatyard, Milford, will discuss Delaware shipbuilding during World War II. The art exhibition featuring the photographs of Kevin Fleming will also be available for viewing.

In addition to the films and lectures, these Open Houses will enable visitors to see all of the Fort Miles Museum exhibit rooms within Battery 519, current art exhibitions in our new second Gallery that will feature rotating exhibitions from local artists of all mediums and the Howard Schroeder Art Gallery featuring works painted by Howard Schroeder while stationed at Fort Miles during World War II. The newly expanded Museum Gift Shop will also be open for each Open House.

Admission to the Museum Open Houses and the Film and Lecture Series events will be through the main Museum entrance that can be reached by walking through the Artillery Park. The entrance is located approximately 25 yards from the Artillery Park’s signature exhibit, a 16-inch gun similar to those positioned at Fort Miles during World War II. The Museum admission fee is $5.00 per person (or $15 for a family package). Free admission for children ages 7 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Museum admission provides access to all of the Battery 519 exhibits, the Schroeder Art Gallery featuring works by Howard Schroeder, Abraxes Hudson and Mary Marshall, the Kevin Fleming photography exhibition and sale, as well as the Film/Lecture Series event. Note, however, seating is limited for the Film/Lecture Series events and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

All proceeds will accrue to FMHA to further expand and enhance the Museum. As noted above seating is limited for the Film and Lecture series events.


While at Fort Miles on the above dates, Open House visitors will have the opportunity to speak with knowledgeable Museum docents regarding the various exhibits, visit the Wall of Honor room and walk through the Museum’s Artillery Park featuring the 16-inch gun from the U.S.S. Missouri. This is a great chance to see the expanded Museum.

Also happening in May and June are “DISCOVER BATTERY 519” guided tours of the Artillery Park and Battery 519. These tours are offered at 11AM and 2PM. In addition, Lantern Tours of Battery 519 will be also conducted in May and June, as well as a Fire Power Tour offered in May. All tours are led by Delaware State Parks interpretative guides. The fee for all tours is $5 per person. These tours start at the Orientation Building located near the signed Fort Miles parking area. Check out the “Contact & Tours” tab for details and advanced reservations.

Finally, in May and June, Delaware State Parks will offer scheduled interpretative tours of the Howard Schroder Gallery at 12:15PM. These “Schroeder: An Artist at Fort Miles” tours will offer insightful analysis into paintings which capture some of the sights and scenes of military life at Fort Miles during World War II.

Please see the Contact & Tours tab for complete details of all the above tours including limitations on tour size and certain age restrictions and reservation information.

Other Upcoming Events for March and April at Cape Henlopen State Park:

Volunteer Trail Day, 9AM-Noon, May 13

Driving on the Beach, 9:30AM, May 20 (date subject to change)

Eco-Artists, 11AM, May 6

An Evening with Horseshoe Crabs, 7:30PM, May 9 and 24

Petals in the Park, 11AM, May 13

Seashore Safari, 9AM, May 27

Dolphin Watch, 9:30AM, May 28

Visit the Delaware State Parks website for details or call 302-645-6852.