Current Exhibitions  

Marie T. Lockwood, Suffragist, The Evening Journal [Wilmington, DE], August 2, 1919

One hundred years ago, women from Middletown and Delaware fought for what was right to empower women of today.  This exhibition is a collaboration between the art students of Appoqunimink High School, the Gibby Center for the Arts, and the Middletown Historical Society. It went on display in November of 2020. See the online exhibition here.

Past Exhibitions

M.O.T Answers The Call, A World War One Exhibition

M.O.T Answers the Call is a exhibit focusing on the role the community played during the Great War on the home front and those who served in the military. This exhibit was on display through 2019.

William D.Willis, Photo-Technician stationed in England during WWII. HCA Collection

William D. Willis, “Through The Lens”, A World War II Exhibition

A traveling exhibit on loan from the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. The exhibit features photographs taken by William D.Willis, a Photo-Technician stationed in England during WWII and focuses on life on the Home Front along with life off the front lines. This exhibit was on display in 2017

J. Lemont Jones, Grocery Store in Cochran Building at Four Corners, ca. 1925, MHS Collection

Reflections of Middletown

A photographic exhibit focusing on the individuals and the different aspects of life while living in Middletown. This exhibit was opened during 2016.

“Camp Young, Calif. Mojave Dessert. 1942” Motter Collection.

Middletown Goes To War

An exhibit that featured the contributions of Middletown’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present day.  This exhibit was on display from May 2013 through July 2016.

William Young Ellison.  “1st picture of us – WY Ellison & Wife – after marriage…” 1918.  Motter Collection.

Downtown Abbey: Middletown in the time of PBS’s ‘Downton Abbey,’ 1912-1924

Inspired by the popular PBS series Downton Abbey, this exhibit features the popular styles and clothing of Middletown’s residents.  On display in 2013.

Map of Middletown, 1868.  Published in the Middletown Centennial Celebration booklet.  MHS Collection.

Middletown’s 150th Anniversary

In celebration of the anniversary of the incorporation of Middletown, we explore the evolution of the area every 50 years beginning in 1611. On display in 2011

Permanent Exhibitions

Class of 1914 on the steps of the Old Academy building. Photo signed “John N. Sparks, Jr. 5 W. Redding St.”  Sparks Collection.

Middletonians Go to School: A History of Educating the Local Populace

This exhibit takes a look at the Middletown Academy 1827-1929 and the evolving education system, private, public, and boarding schools, in Middletown.

“Peach Picking in Delaware”, Sterioscope, MHS Collection.

People and Peaches

People and peaches planted the seeds that shape Middletown today.  Looking at the intersection of work, wealth, and the peach industry, “People and Peaches” considers how the peach industry changed lives and landscapes in Middletown.  View our online exhibition here.