Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities: Hale Byrnes House

  • Newark, DE
  • www.halebyrnes.org

Mission Statement

DSPA-HALE BYRNES Nonprofit’s mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the buildings and grounds of the historic Hale-Byrnes House, an 18th century Quaker farmstead. The house served as the site of George Washington's September 6, 1777 Council of War attended by Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox, Sulivan, Kirkwood and others. Lafayette turned twenty here on that day.

We are passionate about good scholarship and good stewardship.

Please see the "About Us" page on our website at www.halebyrnes.org
for complete information about policies, bylaws, etc.

We serve both the local and regional community. As part of the American Revolution Round Table , we are part of the national effort to communicate, research and teach the public about 18th century American History. As the southern anchor of the federally-designated Wild & Scenic River program.
we also participate a number of environmentally-related programs and serve as the "local fishing hole." Please see photo page on our website www.halebyrnes.org for action shots.

Main Programs

  1. Calendar of Events
  2. American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware
  3. Circles of Understanding
  4. Christiana River Clean-Up
Service Areas

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International

We actually serve local, regional, state and national audiences and host People-to-Pe

The Hale Byrnes House is a 1750 Quaker farmhouse which served as a meeting place for George Washington and his generals on September 6, 1777. The young Marquis de Lafayette was here and turned twenty on that day. We celebrate Lafayette's Birthday annually. We have extensive outreach to the local community through our history and environmental programs. Guests have included French Ambassador Pierre Vimont ,Consul General Michel Schauffhauser, noted historians such as Tom Fleming, and People to People guests from across the world..

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Kim Burdick

Board Chair since 2014

Self-reported

Mrs. Nancy W Parker

Keywords

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

Also Known As

Hale Byrnes House

EIN

51-0275130

 Number

7523511419

Contact

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.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our mission is the preservation of this historically significant 18th century house and related public education about the American Revolution, Quakers, and the environment.

We have grown our attendance from 161 to 681 in the past decade.

We have become a recognized provider of educational programs about the American Revolution, 18th century Delaware, and the role of the French in the American Revolution. We were the host site of the National meeting of the American Revolution Round Table.

Guests since 2008 have included noted scholars and authors, two French Ambassadors and one Consul General, the mayors of two French cities, Les Amis de Rochambeau, the American Friends of Lafayette, and a variety of supporters of People to People's Circles of Understanding.

We are an active participant in activities related to the federally-designated Wild & Scenic White Clay Creek and also in the annual Christiana River cleanup.

Programs

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

Program 1

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

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Circles of Understanding

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

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Christiana River Clean-Up

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

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    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.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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!
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We actually serve local, regional, state and national audiences and host People-to-Pe

The Hale Byrnes House is a 1750 Quaker farmhouse which served as a meeting place for George Washington and his generals on September 6, 1777. The young Marquis de Lafayette was here and turned twenty on that day. We celebrate Lafayette's Birthday annually. We have extensive outreach to the local community through our history and environmental programs. Guests have included French Ambassador Pierre Vimont ,Consul General Michel Schauffhauser, noted historians such as Tom Fleming, and People to People guests from across the world..

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Operations

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Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities: Hale Byrnes House

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Kim Burdick

Board Chair

Mrs. Nancy W Parker

BIO

Please visit Kim Burdick's page on LinkedIn.

Kim Burdick, MA, MPA
Hale Byrnes House
606 Stanton-Christiana Road
Newark, DE 19713

http://www.dehumanities.org/speakers/kim-burdick/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimrburdick





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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nancy Parker

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

No

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

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?