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Raymond kirkbride and first group 1923

The Birth of America’s First Study Abroad Program

Explore the origins of America’s first study abroad program, initiated by Raymond Kirkbride at the University of Delaware in 1923. Learn how his World War I service influenced a vision that transformed higher education and set a precedent for future programs.

Jordan Irazabal photo collecion/Delaware 3000 project

Delaware’s Enduring Love for Low-Number Plates

Delaware’s low-number license plates are more than mere identification; they’re cultural icons, family heirlooms, and symbols of political clout. They’ve also spawned a lucrative market, with auctioneers fetching six-figure sums for prized digits.

Howard High School faculty in the 1930s

“I’m damn mad at any injustice!”

Pauline A. Young, born in 1900, became a pioneering force in education, civil rights, and library sciences in segregated Wilmington, Delaware. She influenced generations through her work at Howard High School and extensive civil rights activism, leaving a lasting legacy.

Fort Miles 8 in artillery gun 1938

Fort Miles. U-boats? Upend!

This essay delves into Fort Miles’ role in WWII and the Cold War, from its initial defense of the Delaware Bay to hunting Nazi U-Boats and monitoring Soviet subs.

neil armstrong on the moon

How Dover Dressed Neil Armstrong for his Lunar Leap

ILC Dover designed the iconic Apollo space suits, embodying years of engineering excellence and ethical responsibility. This Delaware-based firm evolved from a military supplier to a pivotal NASA partner, safeguarding astronauts while remaining largely unsung. The story of ILC is a tribute to hidden innovation.