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Delaware - Hon. Harriet Smith Windsor




Dr. Harriet Smith Windsor
Delaware State Liaison

Office of the Secretary of State - Townsend Building
401 Federal Street, Suite 3
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-4111
(302) 739-3811 (F)

Dr. Harriet Smith Windsor was sworn in as Delaware's Secretary of State on January 3, 2001, having been appointed by Governor Ruth Ann Minner.   As Secretary of State, Dr. Windsor oversees the state’s Public Archives, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Division of Libraries, and over a dozen other divisions and offices.


Before becoming Secretary of State, Dr. Windsor was a member of Governor Thomas Carper's Cabinet as Director of State Personnel from 1993 until January 2001. Recognized as a trailblazer for her leadership roles in government, education, and church, she was named to the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame in 1997.  In 2000, Dr. Windsor received from Governor Thomas Carper the Order of the First State, the highest honor a governor can bestow on a citizen, for meritorious service on behalf of the citizens of Delaware.

With a doctorate and a master's degree from the University of Delaware and a bachelor's degree from Juniata College, Dr. Windsor is a former Dean of Instruction and Department of English Chairperson at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus, and a former English teacher at Seaford Senior High School.  A writer and speaker, Dr. Windsor serves on numerous local, state, and national boards.


Ongoing - Bicentennial Essay Scholarship

The Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in partnership with the Delaware Higher Education Commission will sponsor an essay contest for high school students planning to attend college in the 2009-10 academic year. Applicants must submit an essay of 1,500 – 2,000 words on the topic – “1860 Candidate Lincoln’s Middle Path to Slavery: Too Little or Just Right.” The top three winners will receive awards of $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000 respectively. Recipients will be recognized at the Lincoln Bicentennial Dinner event on February 10, 2009


February 10, 2009 – Lincoln Bicentennial Dinner

To be held at the Chase Riverfront Center in Wilmington, Delaware, this commemorative event will feature a panel discussion on the topic “The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln.”  Participants will include Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams and ALBC Co-chair Harold Holzer. Justin Carisio, former president of The Lincoln Club, will moderate.


January 27 through June 12, 2009 – Exhibit - “Abraham Lincoln: a Bicentennial Celebration

To be held at the University of Delaware’s Morris Library in Newark, Delaware, this display will include items from the University’s extensive Lincoln Collection including signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment. Selected materials will subsequently be displayed at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover, Delaware.


February 12, 2009 – National Teach-in Event

With the assistance of the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware and Delaware Department of Education, schools statewide are being solicited to participate in activities commemorating the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.


February 23, 2009 – Widener University School of Law Lincoln Symposium

Jointly sponsored with the Delaware ALBC and the Civil War Round Table, this unique program will offer a 3 hour Continuing Legal Education credit. The program will also be offered to the general public. Included will be a panel discussion on Abraham Lincoln the LawyerEthical Issues Raised by Lincoln’s Practice of Law, with participants including Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely. A second session will focus on Lincoln’s Record on Civil Liberties including Lincoln scholars James Swanson and Michael Slinger. The event will close with a keynote address by Mr. Swanson, who will discuss Lincoln’s Assassination, the subject of his New York Times bestseller.