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Delaware Today magazine 302 Culture Calendar: Events, arts and entertainment, museums and history

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editor’s pick Masterpieces in Miniature: A Celebration of Howard Pyle
Thru Jan. 8 The Delaware Art Museum’s centennial celebration continues as its signature holiday exhibition, “Masterpieces in Miniature,” focuses on the work of Howard Pyle. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, 571-9590, delart.org

Civil War Education Series: Christmas Past
Dec. 1 Jane Peter Estes shares thoughts on many of today’s secular traditions that had their beginnings in the mid-19th century, with a special emphasis on holiday happenings during the Civil War era. Hagley Museum and Library, Del. 141, Wilmington, 658-2400, hagley.org

editor’s pick Giants: African Dinosaurs
Dec. 3-Feb. 26. Whoa. Check out life-sized dinosaur skeletons from the African continent in this “living diorama” at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 658-9111, delmnh.org

Native Holiday Centerpiece
Dec. 7 Get into the holiday spirit the natural way by making your own centerpiece arrangement with help from Bonnie Beck at the Mt. Cuba Center. Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, 239-4244, mtcubacenter.org

Mr. Dickens Comes to Dover
Dec. 9 First State Heritage Park invites you to Rose Cottage in Dover’s Victorian district for a one-man retelling of  the author’s “A Christmas Carol.” For reservations call 739-9194.

editor’s pick Sammy in the Sky Book Signing
Dec. 11 Author Barbara Walsh and illustrator Jamie Wyeth will be on hand to sign copies of their new book, “Sammy in the Sky,” a reprint of the children’s favorite. Brandywine River Museum, U.S. 1, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Holiday Lights Express
Dec. 15-23, 26-30 Take a break from shopping with an evening ride aboard a heated 1929 railcar. Trackside neighbors decorate just for you. Serenity now. Wilmington & Western Railroad, Newport-Gap Pike and Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 998-1930, wwrr.com

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