Arts, Culture, and Humanities

DELAWARE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ANTIQUITIES: HALE BYRNES HOUSE

Quick Facts

aka Hale Byrnes House

Newark, DE

Mission

DSPA-Hale Byrnes' mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the buildings and grounds of the historic Hale-Byrnes House, an 18th century Quaker farmstead through solid scholarship, public programming and preservation ethics.. Today the house is the scene of a variety of public programs focusing on the American Revolution, Delaware history, historic preservation,and on the environment. Our all-volunteer Board and staff is dedicated to good scholarship and good stewardship. For the complete story, calendar of events and images of our history and activities, please visit us on the web at www.halebyrnes.org

Notes from the Nonprofit

DSPA-Halebyrnes House is a member of DANA.

Ruling Year

2004

Principal Officer

Kim Elizabeth Rogers Burdick Mrs.

Board Chair

Mrs. Donna Draper

Main Address

606 Stanton Christiana Rd Hale Byrnes House

Newark, DE 19713 USA

Keywords

education, history, Revolutionary War, Quaker history, environment, historic preservation.

EIN

51-0275130

 Number

7523511419

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Calendar of Events

American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware

Circles of Understanding

Christiana River Clean-Up

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of new grants received

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of press articles published

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Resident Manager, Kim Burdick, was named Delaware Press Association's Communicator of Achievement for 2017. JAR. Kim's book Revolutionary Delaware ISBN 978.46713.584.9was published in December 2016.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
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General/Unspecified

Related program

Calendar of Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Total number of performances

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Related program

Calendar of Events

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We have increased visitation from 70people per year in 2007 to between 700 and 1,000 every year since that time . Please visit our calendar of events and archives at www.halebyrnes.org for program det

Number of programs documented

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Circles of Understanding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Saturday evening programs once a month,plus Sunday afternoon "ThisPlace Matters"Series on various aspects of historic preservation--and also occasional "Circles of Understanding " programs

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Calendar of Events

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is an all-volunteer organization.

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Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities is a nonprofit organization organized to protect, preserve and promote the buildings and grounds of the historic Hale Byrnes House, and to provide related educational programs for families and fishermen, students and scholars..

This is an 18th century Quaker house that served as the site of George Washington's Council of War prior to marching to Battle of Brandywine.

offering educational public programming for adults and families. Hale Byrnes House is the southern anchor site of the federally designated Wild & Scenic White Clay Creek and we participate in a variety of related environmental programs including Christiana River clean-up and White Clay Creek Fest.

Our goal in the next few years is to repair and restore serious water damage caused by flooding and drainage issues . so that we can continue to grow our public programming and outreach efforts.

Our curator in residence (pays rent and all utilities to live here and does not get paid) is a Cooperstown Museum Graduate and also has an MPA in Agency Management. from the College of Urban Affairs, UD. As volunteers, she and her husband are the resident eyes & ears on the land.

The house is operated as a 501c-3 nonprofit, staffed entirely by volunteers.

We have recently an independent accountant's review of our finances and are launching a major membership drive.

We have an excellent reputation among the scholars of the American Revolution, including such noted figures as Tom Fleming, Todd Andrlik and Don Hagist, and network extensively to make this both a community-based location and a nationally recognized historic site.

Our volunteers are drawn from the local community and are well-educated, dedicated, and hard-working people.

Our executive director is an Advisor Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, former Board Chairman of the Delaware Humanities Forum, and has masters degrees in both Agency Management and in Museum Studies. Our current Board Chairman is retired from Artesian Water Company.

Visitation has grown from 171 people in 2014 to 671 visitors by December 30, 2014.

We measure our preservation progress in terms of safety and authenticity. Side steps, doors and windows have all been carefully restored and we are currently working with the state to replace an aging septic system and leach field, and to repair the attic floor.

Our short-term goal for the next year is to get the spalling south wall bricks repaired, replaced, repointed and to deal with the serious drainage issues that are undermining the steps and sidewalk leading up from the parking lot.

State is now stepping in to repair the attic floor, recently added a wooden handrail to downstairs cellar, and is working to get the 50 year old septic syystem & leach field repaired! We count that as a major success!

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are an all-volunteer organization and work with any race, color, creed or gender who wants to help out with our programs. Our Resident Manager is also a volunteer and part-time Executive Director of People-to-People Delaware whose motto is "Peace Through Understanding." We welcome all people to Hale Byrnes House, no matter what race, gender, age, ethnicity or religion. Our December 9, 2018 program is "Circles of Understanding: Liberia,"which is free and open to the public.