Dover’s Delaware Public Archives Feature a License Plate Exhibit

PLUS: The Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival takes over Rehoboth, Cheech & Chong visit Wilmington and more.


Blue Plate Special

Residents of other states view the registration tags on their cars as a mere government requirement. Not us. We Delawareans long ago embraced our license plates as a status symbol and a connection to their past. On Nov. 2 Mike Williams, chief of administrative policy and communications for the Division of Motor Vehicles at the Delaware Department of Transportation, will present a special program at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover about the history of Delaware license plates and why they are so interesting to the citizens of the First State. Though a driver may not think twice about the significance of his tag number, native Delaware drivers barter, buy, and sell to get a favorite number for themselves. In exploring this unique part of First State culture, the program will include such topics as the desirable black-and-white porcelain sets from the 1940s, the black stainless steel tags from the 1950s, and the story behind the controversial font-style changes in the early 1990s. Williams, a native of the First State, is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has worked for the state since 1995. He began his state career as a community relations officer with the Office of Highway Safety before moving to DelDOT in 1997 as primary media spokesperson. After serving as manager of DelDOT’s public relations office for six years, he joined DMV as chief of communications last year. Williams’ interest in license plates was fostered as a teenager by his grandfather. He had always had the bug for collecting, beginning with baseball cards, coins and comic books as a youth.  Williams was instrumental in the design and development of Delaware’s Centennial Plate Program that was recognized as the Best Plate of 2009 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association. The License Plates program is free to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers 744-5047 or e-mail

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Event 2

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