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DSU Jumpstart freshmen Ayanna Hatcher, Ashanna Goldsboro, Zaniyah Godley, Dallis Gerald, Joy Brown and Isaiah Collins participate in a paper-marbling training session at the John Dickerson Plantation in preparation for their Aug. 2 presentation at that state historic site.

  DSU Jumpstart Freshmen Work Project With Local Museums


A group of incoming DSU freshmen – who have already started their academic journey through participation in the University’s Jumpstart Program – are already getting hands-on experience in Delaware State’s core value tradition of community service by working on a project with local museums.

In connection with partnership between DSU Jumpstart Program – an academic enrichment/leadership transition program for first-time freshmen – and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, 28 new DSU students are working with four local museums to come up with interactive history-related programs that are specific to each one of those sites.

The students have been split up into separate teams between the four sites and are developing the interactive activities that specific designed to help tell the story of the museum in which they are assigned. They will present their activities between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the following Dover-area locations:

  • The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, located in the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • The John Dickerson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road.
  • The Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St.
  • The Old State House, 25 The Green.

The partnership is giving the students a unique opportunity to experience how museums develop public programming through efficient time-management, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity – valuable skills that the students will need as they move forward in their lives.

The Aug. 2 events at all of the above four museums are free and open to the public. For more info about the events, call the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs at (302) 736-7411.