History through Family

The African-American Experience in Seaford, Delaware

The Families that Shaped Our Community


Expected Summer 2022

Get Involved!

History Through Family is a “Community Curated” event; meaning that we need YOUR STORIES, YOUR ARTIFACTS, and YOUR INVOLVEMENT!

Do you have tales of Seaford’s past that have a uniquely African-American point-of-view? We would love to hear from you!

              • Stories can be funny, poignant, or uplifting 
              • Stories that tell our community about lesser known aspects of our town’s past
              • See “How to do an Oral History” below.

Do you have objects in your home that spark a memory, mark an event, or enhance a story? We would love to hear from you!

              • They don’t have to be “valuable.”
              • The best artifacts are simple things that help us touch the people and events of our past.

Do you want to help us put this exhibit together? We would love to hear from you!

              • Collection, interpretation, advertising, and more.
              • We have volunteer opportunities for young and old!

Call 302-628-9828 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com to get involved!


Request a Presentation

The Seaford Historical Society is interested in providing presentations about the History Through Family exhibit throughout our community. 

Those attending the presentations will learn…

  • The origin and goals of the exhibit
  • Its organization and themes
  • Objects, photographs, and stories that will bring the exhibit to life
  • Roles for churches, schools, civic organizations, and others
  • Opportunities for volunteers

Presentation needs:

  • Meet in rooms large enough to allow social distancing and attendees in masks
  • A video projection system (if not available, we may be able to provide our own)
  • We can do ZOOM!

Call 302-628-9828 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com to request a presentation for your organization!



The following resources may be used by anyone who wishes to know more about History Through Family or who would like to participate in the creation of the exhibit.

CERTIFICATE OF LOAN: This form must accompany all original photographs and artifacts loaned to the Seaford Museum for the exhibit.

HOW TO DO AN ORAL HISTORY: Learn how to conduct an Oral History interview an make it part of our exhibit!

ORAL HISTORY CONSENT FORM: Use this form to get permission to use your interview subject’s words in the exhibit.

HISTORY THROUGH FAMILY FACT SHEET – SCHOOLS: Get a quick 1-page overview of the project and how schools can help.

HISTORY THROUGH FAMILY POWERPOINT – SCHOOLS: A detailed look at how schools can participate in this exhibit.


Further Reading

Ross Mansion Quarter: University of Delaware Report about the Ross Slave Quarter

Four Centuries of Change: Research on the History of Ross property

     Four Centuries of Change index




Gov. Ross Mansion

Every Saturday 1:00 – 4:00

1st & 2nd Sundays 1:00 – 4:00

Or by appointment: 302-628-9500 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com

Seaford Museum

Every Friday 1:00 – 4:00

1st & 2nd Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 – 4:00

Or by appointment: 302-628-9828 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com

Society Business Office Hours

Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

302-628-9828 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com