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Aug 6, 2017 1:00PM

Exhibit Presentation by Lynn Symborski

Lynn Symborski, guest curator of the Dual Fashion Exhibit, is visiting the Historic Odessa Foundation to highlight a seldom-explored facet of everyday life in any era, and about which nearly everyone will admit curiosity – underwear! 

Apr 4, 2017 12:00PM to Oct 13, 2017 12:00PM

Dual Fashion Exhibit

The two companion TexStyles exhibits, “Classic Colonial” and “Fashionably Federal”, have come to the historic houses of Odessa from Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Friday, October 13, 2017. This exhibit features the collections of reproduction clothing and accessories spanning the last quarter of the 18th century through the first two decades of the 19th

Feb 1, 2017 10:00AM to Feb 28, 2017 4:00PM

Celebrate Black History Month!

Celebrate Black History month by visiting the Historic Odessa Foundation’s National Park Service Network to Freedom exhibit, “Freedom Seekers:  the Odessa Story”.  With your guide, follow in the footsteps of Sam, a fugitive slave escaping bondage in Maryland who sought refuge in 1845 in the National Historic Register Corbit-Sharp House. 

Dec 19, 2016 10:30AM

Delaware Online Highlights HOF Nutcracker Exhibit

With 30 years of annual holiday tradition, the Historic Odessa Foundation returns with a celebration of the 200th anniversary of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic story: the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Dec 15, 2016 4:00PM

Holiday Nutcracker Exhibit Featured on

Erin Moran of writes an expose about the Wilson-Warner House's celebration of the 200th anniversary of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by transforming the house into the home of Marie Stahlbaum, the young protagonist of the beloved Christmas tale.

Nov 12, 2016 1:30PM to Dec 31, 2016 11:45PM

2016 Holiday Events at Historic Odessa

The Historic Odessa Foundation will celebrate the 200th anniversary of E.T.A. Hoffmann's story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 with a series of events at the foundation's museums, the Historic Houses of Odessa.

Dec 15, 2016 3:00PM

Nutcracker Holiday Exhibit Featured in Dollhouse Magazine

To help the Historic Odessa Foundation celebrate 200 years of E.T.A. Hoffman's tale of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, Dollhouse Magazine gushes over the beautiful display of over 160 nutcracker dolls and festive Christmas decorations.

Nov 15, 2016 10:00AM to Dec 31, 2016 4:30PM

2016 Holiday Exhibit: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

For 200 years, E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King has enchanted readers, inspired composers and dancers, and delighted audiences around the world.

Dec 5, 2016 10:00AM

Middletown Transcript Highlights 2016 Christmas in Odessa

The Middletown Transcript joined our Christmas in Odessa tours of the Polk House, Collin-Sharp, and other properties to view the festive decorations and historical demonstrations held for the holiday season.

Dec 12, 2016 6:00PM to 9:00PM

By Invitation Only: Members Holiday Party

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Historic Odessa Foundation invite you to attend the 12th Annual Member Holiday Party Monday, December 12 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Cantwell’s Tavern in historic Odessa, Delaware. Reservations are limited! R.S.V.P. Jennifer Cabell Kostik (302) 378-4119

Dec 1, 2016 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Christmas at Historic Odessa featured by Delaware Online

This week featured Odessa as one of the top five holiday attractions to see this November! Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. 

Dec 11, 2016 2:00PM to 3:30PM

Paint Your Own Nutcracker

Join in on the holiday fun planned for the whole family by painting your own wooden nutcracker.  Design your own heirloom decoration with patience and creativity.  All the materials are included in this family workshop.  A guided tour of the Christmas exhibit, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, at the National Historic Register Wilson Warner House will be included as inspiration for painting yo