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Sep 17, 2020 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Reception: Meet Jane Mruk

Come and meet the talented photographer Jane Mruk and discover her beautiful local nature photography at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Visitor Center.

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Sep 1, 2020 10:30AM to Nov 1, 2020 4:00PM

Exhibit: A Wealth of Nature: Photographs by Jane Mruk

Make a plan to get out of the house and encounter the therapeutic value of nature through the photographs of Odessa’s professional photographer Jane Mruk in her first solo exhibition, A Wealth of Nature: Photographs by Jane Mruk.

Jul 21, 2020 2:15PM

Official Announcement: HOF Launches New Website

ODESSA, DEL. – July 21, 2020 – After weeks of hard work and dedication, The Historic Odessa Foundation is delighted to officially announce the launch of our newly designed website.

Nov 10, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

Sep 8, 2020 6:00PM

Show & Tell: Bring an Object, Share Its Story

Do you own a special object that has a fascinating history, or is a family heirloom?  Do you collect objects with a passion and love telling their stories?  Do you want to learn more about objects in the museum’s collection?  If so, then come be a part of our “curiosity cabinet of discoveries” where individuals (suggested age - 10 years and up) are invited to bring an object and share its story.  If your object could talk, what would it say?  Remember the fond memories of your school days show and tell experiences?

Jul 16, 2020 6:00PM

Reception: Meet Paul Simon

Meet the talented artist Paul Simon and discover his vibrant artwork at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Visitor Center, 2nd & Main Streets, Odessa, Delaware. 

Jul 1, 2020 10:00AM to Aug 30, 2020 4:00PM

Exhibit: Face Up: Pastel Portraits by Paul Simon

Discover the vibrant pastel portraits by the Wilmington artist Paul Simon in his solo exhibition at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Visitor Center.  His timely subjects are depicted up close and personal to capture every facial detail. 

Mar 10, 2020 10:00AM to Jun 30, 2020 4:00PM

Exhibit: Containing Indoor Plants

Early 19th century Americans desired to create small indoor gardens of potted plants for pleasure and for decoration. Growing small flowering plants throughout the winter was becoming all the rage for the middle class. 

Aug 17, 2020 9:30AM

Quilters Day

Calling all quilters and needlewomen…please join HOF staff and volunteers for our annual “Sew In.”  Participants gather to sew and socialize with others with similar interests and should bring their projects, sewing equipment, and a bag lunch.   

Feb 26, 2020 10:00AM

Volunteers: Welcome Back Brunch

2020 promises to be an exciting year for the Historic Odessa Foundation! Please join us for a Welcome Back Brunch on Wednesday, February 26th at 10am in the Bank.

Dec 19, 2020 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Demonstration: Festive Foods

Top off your holiday tour at the Collins-Sharp House as our costumed hearth cooks prepare a mouthwatering feast over a roaring fire.  Enjoy the scents and aromas of dishes typically served during the festive holiday season.

Admission included with general tour.

Dec 12, 2020 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Demonstration: Festive Foods

Top off your holiday tour at the Collins-Sharp House as our costumed hearth cooks prepare a mouthwatering feast over a roaring fire.  Enjoy the scents and aromas of dishes typically served during the festive holiday season.

Admission included with general tour.