Programs diving into the rich history of Delaware are set for February and April, beginning with a presentation on African American geneaology.

Shamele Jordon will present “Underutilized Records for African American Genealogy” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover.

Records created by the federal and county governments, organizations, employers and insurance companies will be examined. Other collections that will be discussed include mortgage records, Freedmen's Bureau, Underground Railroad and fire insurance maps.

Jordon is a researcher, lecturer and podcaster. A researcher for the PBS series “Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives Special” and “African American Lives II,” Jordon has served as president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, lectured at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and served as a board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

For information, call 744-5047 or email

In addition, a debate titled “Washington or Lincoln — Who was the best President?” will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. The program is free.

Later in the year, the Old State House Coffee Hour series will return Thursdays in April. The theme is “The Founding Fathers and Mothers.” Teams of researchers will present the stories of six of the founders and their wives, including George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

Programs will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. April 6,13, 20 and 27 at the Old State House. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

For information, call 744-5054.