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Hagley Museum launching Brandywine Valley oral histories online


Gov. John Carney will join Dr. Meg Mulrooney, library director of the Hagley Museum, on Tuesday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. for the unveiling of the Brandywine Valley oral history project.

From 1954 to 1990, Hagley Library staff and volunteers interviewed more than 150 individuals who lived and worked in northern Delaware. Most of the interview subjects either worked or had a relative employed in the DuPont Company Powder Yards, which operated on the Brandywine from 1802 to 1921.

Hagley was able to put the collection online for public use with the help of a grant from Delaware Humanities.

Attendees will get the chance to listen to samples of the oral histories and speak directly with descendants of the Powder Yard workers.

The presentation will take place in the Hagley Library Copeland Room at 298 Buck Road in Wilmington.

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