Rehoboth Beach Museum to Offer Memoir Writing Class

While springtime is traditionally a time to look ahead, museums are accustomed to looking back. And that is why the Rehoboth Beach Museum will celebrate Spring 2017 with an opportunity for some personal retrospection.

Indeed, to kick off the season, the museum will offer a series of workshops on memoir writing, beginning Thursday, May 4th and running for three consecutive weeks, starting at 10:00 AM each day.

Of all the forms of non-fiction, memoir writing is the most personal. And it has become one of the most popular forms of written expression. Without question, writing memoirs can provide an opportunity to create a personal legacy for friends and family alike.  But getting started can be a challenge. To guide that journey, these workshops will help you master - and practice - the basics of writing a good, readable memoir. No prior creative writing experience is necessary.

The workshop will be taught by Rae Tyson, a local journalist who teaches memoir writing courses at the University of Delaware's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Lewes. The dates for aa sessions are May 4, 11 and 18.

Registration is required and is limited.  There is a $20 fee for members, and $25.00 fee for non-members for the entire, three-part workshop series which will be used to support museum programs. Please call (302) 227-7310 to reserve your spot!

NauticalFlagBannersmMuseum Hosts Nautical Flag Activity for Children

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is inviting area children to answer the question: How do ships talk to one another without making a sound? The answer is by using nautical flags that represent each letter of the alphabet. Ships can “talk” to each other by waving flags when in sight of each other. Each letter of the alphabet has its own flag with a design on it.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is hosting a children’s program on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children ages 8 to 11 featuring a story book and a craft activity allowing each child to create a banner with nautical flags spelling out his or her name. A $5 donation is requested and reservations are strongly suggested. Please call (302) 227-7310 to reserve a spot


Documentary About Escape From Nazis As Told in Needlework
to be Shown at Rehoboth Beach Museum

On April 14th at 1p.m. the Rehoboth Beach Museum will screen a 30 minute documentary, Through the eye of the Needle. After a successful career as a dressmaker in Frederick, MD, Esther Nisenthal Krinitiz in her 60s, created a series of 36 tapestries depicting her life growing up in Poland and the years between 1942-1944 that she and her sister spent on the run from Nazi SS. The public is invited to come and enjoy the current 7th Annual Needlework Exhibit and watch the documentary to see how Esther uses needlework to tell her story.

Esther Nisenthal was 15 years old in October of 1942 when the Jews of her tiny village in Poland were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Anyone remaining in their home would be shot. Esther refused to go and she departs with her 13 year-old sister Mania, searching for a family friend Stefan in hopes of shelter. Unable to stay with Stefan, Esther invents new identities for herself and Mania — now Polish Catholic farm girls–as they hide in plain sight from the Nazis.

Esther’s story of survival is depicted in a series of 36 large fabric collages, embroidered in vivid color created more than 40 years after the war. These extraordinary tapestries portray one young girl’s eyewitness account. Through Esther’s own words and images of her artwork, as well as interviews with her daughters and others, the award-winning 30-minute film Through the Eye of the Needle explores the capacity of the human heart to heal.

The museum has been granted permission to screen the documentary from the producer, Art and Remembrance. The organization uses art and personal narrative to recognize individual courage and resilience, and to foster understanding and compassion for those who experience injustice. Those interested can learn more at artandrememberance.org.

Please call (302) 227-7310 to reserve a seat. Please visit www.rehobothbeachmusuem.org for more information about the museum and the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

vintageteapartysm2017 Annual Tea Party

The theme of this year’s Rehoboth Beach Historical Society annual tea party, scheduled for Sunday, April 30 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum, is vintage handbags. Bring your own teacup, a vintage purse or an old favorite, and a story to share.

The term "purse" originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, it is still used to refer to a small coin bag. A "handbag" is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency, such as personal items. American English typically uses the terms purse and handbag interchangeably. The term handbag began appearing in the early 1900s. Initially, it was most often used to refer to men's hand-luggage. Women's bags grew larger and more complex during this period, and the term was attached to the accessory. Handbags are valued for their stylishness as visual accessories as well as for their function.

Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as ladies; the Scottish sporran is a survival of this custom. Men are invited to join the fun and bring a bag, too.

Those who come in vintage costume with purse are invited to join in a fun fashion parade. Participants will need to brush up on trivia for Pocketbook Jeopardy.

The museum will also collect items for the Immanuel Shelter to help clients survive the summer outside.  Participants should bring items including sunscreen, chapstick, t-shirts, water bottles and sunglasses for the clients of Immanuel Shelter.

The tea is open to all ages. There will be two seatings: the first at 2p.m and the second at 4:30p.m. Cost is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Please call (302) 227-7310 to reserve a seat.

JollyTrolleyTourRehoboth Beach Museum & Jolly Trolley Tours Gear Up

Locals and visitors are invited to step on to the Jolly Trolley bus and step back in time as The Rehoboth Beach Museum hosts guided history tours of the city. Tours last approximately 50 minutes and include a welcome from the Reverend Todd, founder of the Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association, at the historic Anna Hazard Tent House.

All Trolley tours start and end at the Anna Hazzard Museum at 17 Christian Street. Tours begin at 9 a.m. The cost of the tour is $10, cash only, which includes entrance to the Anna Hazzard House and the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Reservations are required.

Tours will run on the following dates: June 23, August 18, August 25, September 15, OctoberRevToddandParishioner 14, and back-to-back tours on October 28 at 9a.m. and 11 a.m. For reservations and information about this and other programs, such as walking tours, call the museum at 302-227-7310.

Visitors and locals will experience first-hand the history of Rehoboth Beach such as the birth of the town as a Methodist Camp Meeting site and its growth as a resort town. Learn about shipwrecks, submarines, storms and sand dunes.

The Jolly Trolley began in 1970 when a group of locals wanted to have a means of transportation that would let visitors get a feel for the sights and sounds of Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue. Museum hours through October 31 are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Admission to the Museum

Admission to the museum is by donation. The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society welcomes your support.

Our Hours

 Winter Hours   November 1 - Memorial Day (Open Fri, Sat & Sun)
    • Fri  • 10a - 4p  • Sat & Sun  • 11a - 3p
 Summer Hours    Memorial Day - October 31
     • Mon - Fri  • 10a - 4p  • Sat & Sun  • 11a - 3p

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Rehoboth Beach Museum
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Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971