Make the three museums of the New Castle Historical Society, The Amstel House, The Dutch House and The Old Library Museum, your first stop when you visit Historic New Castle. The town's cobblestones almost ring with the echoes of its diverse past. We'll share with you stories of three centuries of New Castle life, including Dutch colonists, revolutionary leaders, and 19th century Americans.


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Current News

Tickets available now for Bootlegger's Bash
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, escape the winter doldrums and have a roaring good time at our juice joint! NCHS invites you to attend our Annual Winter Fundraiser at The Arsenal. Guests will enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails prepared by a professional mixologist, heavy hors d'oeuvres, 1920's jazz band, silent films, best costume contest, silent auction, photo booth and other surprises! Tickets are $85 each and registration is required.


Wintery Wednesdays Lecture Series Returns!
Join us at The Arsenal each Wednesday in February for lectures on interesting historical topics! Reservations are not required. Admission is FREE for NCHS members and $3 for non-members.

February 10 at 7pm - Mike Connolly presents "New Castle Revisited"

February 17 at 7pm - Mike Dixon presents "Pass the Rum: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition"
This program has been made possible by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

February 24 at 7pm - Dr. Kasey Grier presents "Pets in America: A History"

Click here for more detailed information about each lecture

NCHS AudioWalk Tour Available Online
Our AudioWalk self-guided walking tour is the perfect way for individuals to learn about New Castle's history while exploring this National Historic Landmark District at their own pace. The New Castle AudioWalk is available for download as an .MP3 file from our website to add to your personal device or listen to at home. Click here for more information about our AudioWalk

Museums Closed for Tours
The Amstel House & Dutch House are currently closed until April 1 for walk-in daily tours and reserved group visits. Tickets can now be purchased at The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in Old New Castle. For more information about daily house tours when we reopen, please view: VISITING THE HOUSES.
We can accomodate private, scheduled group tours of 10 or more during the off-season. For more information about group tours, please view: GROUP TOUR INFORMATION

To schedule a field trip for your group, please visit:

Join or Renew your NCHS Membership

It's time for our annual membership drive! To join or renew your membership online, please visit our Online Membership Form.
To find out more about membership and benefits, please visit our Membership Benefits Page.
Thank you for your support!

Annual Appeal

Our Annual Appeal drive is underway. Each year, we ask for your continued patronage for our Society's core needs. Your tax-deductible gift is vital to support our Society's mission to preserve and educate so we can continue to inspire our visitors for generations to come. To make a donation online to NCHS with a credit card, please click on the "Donate" button below and you will be directed to a secure PayPal page for checkout. In the "Special Instructions to Charity" box, please notify us of your level of giving. Thank you for your support!

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The Arsenal Gets Social!
The Arsenal on FacebookIn early 2015, NCHS moved offices and headquarters to The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in New Castle. The Arsenal now houses our newly expanded Museum Shop and Visitor Center, Society Office and archives and collections. In addition, The Arsenal is also available for rental to host private parties and events. Current NCHS Members also receive a discount on event rentals. This spectacular building, rich in history, is the perfect backdrop to your next function! For more information about event rentals, please contact our Events Marketing Manager, Lauren Spinelli at 302-276-8518.

In addition, The Arsenal has gone "social" ~ be sure to follow The Arsenal on Facebook and on Instagram for photos, events and sneak peeks inside this historic landmark in Old New Castle.


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