A former tribal leader sheds light on his people’s rich past, difficult struggles, and hopeful — if tenuous — future

By Charles C. Clark IV
From the September 2017 issue

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The Nanticoke Indians of Delaware.

Who are we?

Where did we come from?

Where have we been?

And perhaps most importantly,

where are we going today?

The following account (and accompanying commentary) offer an insider’s look into these questions.

They are from the eyes, heart and mind of a man whose family name is synonymous with the Nanticoke Indian Tribe of Delaware, and who is directly descended from 122 years of consecutive family Nanticoke tribal chiefs.

New Lewes Historical Society museum explores the town’s past as it makes the most of ample space for artifact archives

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the September 2017 issue

FeatureLewesMuseum Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #30It wasn’t long ago — just a couple of months, in fact — that people who wanted information from the archives at the Lewes Historical Society might have had trouble getting it.

“Someone might have come in and wanted to read a paper, or look at an artifact or a photograph,” says Mike DiPaolo, the historical society’s executive director. “And I would have had to say, ‘Yes, we have that. But it’s at another site.’ Or, ‘It’s on that high shelf up there, behind four other boxes.’”

But that situation has changed. With the opening of the new Lewes History Museum, the organization has plenty of space to hold all of its archived items, which are now easily accessible.

Dedicated volunteers have resurrected a World War II installation that’s being repurposed with history — and festive occasions — in mind

By Pam George | Photograph by Kevin Fleming
From the August 2017 issue

feature-fortmiles Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #30Dedicated volunteers have resurrected a World War II installation that’s being repurposed with history — and festive occasions — in mind

There are few things that make Gary Wray and Pat Bragdon as happy as a World War II-era Army gun, no matter how rusted and worn it is. On a sunny day in Cape Henlopen State Park, the men stand like proud papas next to a formidable-looking 90 mm anti-aircraft gun, which is sitting on a blue tarp, nose pointing toward a tree line.

“It’s an M2,” notes Wray, a retired Cape Henlopen School District administrator. “That means model two.” The standard U.S. anti-aircraft and anti-tank gun in 1943, an M2 was present at Fort Miles, the Army base that once occupied the park grounds.