DELAWARE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ANTIQUITIES: HALE BYRNES HOUSE

Where history is always fun

aka Hale Byrnes House   |   Newark, DE   |  www.halebyrnes.org

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 info

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

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EIN

51-0275130

NTEE code info

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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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Calendar of Events

Please visit the Calendar Page of our website
We have programs throughout the year. For past programs, please visit the History Page on our website.

www.halebyrnes.org

Population(s) Served
Adults

Part of national coalition of American Revolution Round Tables. Authors and scholars are brought in at least 9 times each year to talk about and lecture about various aspects of 18th century life. Speakers have included Tom Fleming, John Nagy, Don Hagist, Laura Auricchio and others of similar calibre. Our general public audience ranges from local roofing contractors to University professors. We have become a popular place for weekend evenings out.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A regularly-featured program of People-to-People bringing together people of various ethnic and national backgrounds to learn about culture and history.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annual site of Delaware's volunteer efforts to clean-up trash along the creeks and rivers in the Christiana River basin.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Seniors

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of press articles published

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Calendar of Events

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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

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Calendar of Events

Type of Metric

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

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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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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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Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Calendar of Events

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 Edward L'Engle, Larrie Ferreiro, Linday Cherwinsky, 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.

From summer - end of December 2020 all our programs were held on Zoom. Pleased to say 301 people attended those programs during that time. We were very fortunate to have received a grant from the Delaware Humanities Council that allowed us to pay those speakers.

The attic floor, a wooden handrail to downstairs cellar, and got the 50 year old septic system & leach field repaired have all been repaired. With the financial assistance of the State of Delaware, In 2020, the roof was repaired and re-shingled by the State of Delaware and a new furnace was installed, and we are waiting to hear from the Longwood Foundation about a 2021 grant we have applied for to replace the back deck.

Due to Covid, most our fall 2020 and 2021 programs have been on Zoom. Surprisingly enough the numbers of participants has been better than expected.

We were very honored to have Honorary French Consul Michael Scullin bring Consul General Penguilly and French Ambassador to the United States. M. Etienne here for a private luncheon in September 2020.

Total visitation 2019 was 918. Total visitation in 2020 with Covid restrictions in place was 685.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our programs are designed to attract anyone interested in (1) American Revolution (2) Historic Preservation (3) Environmental issues, especially issues related to White & Red Clay Creeks (4) Educators (5) Families. Children are always welcome here. (6) En Plein Air artists (7) International community (please see calendar, photo page, and Link for Educators on our website www.halebyrnes.org

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Paying more attention to public safety in terms of fire alarms, window ladders, etc. WE have never had any problems with this but are responding to questions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Funders.,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Not at all. Notice--we are an all volunteer organization.. Dr & Mrs Ralph Burdick ("staff" if you will, are Not paid for their services.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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DELAWARE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ANTIQUITIES: HALE BYRNES HOUSE

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Donna Draper

Michael McDowell

DNREC

Chris Mlynarczyk

1st Delaware Regiment, Reenactors

Kathleen Desimone

Red Clay School system

John Sweeney

News Journal,Ret.

Judith Jennings,Esq.

Lawyer

Catherine Morrisey

Center for Historic Architecture & Design,U.D.

K.Lynn King

re-enactor

Paul Clark

retired CountyExecutive

Mark Campbell

retired banker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/27/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.