No family or company has impacted a state as has DuPont. This is The Greatest (Delaware) Story Ever Told
I am a Delaware native. My Dad was a DuPont lifer. My sister and I wear-tested clothing that he would bring home in the '50's.
I am a playwright and actor. In 2003 I was commissioned by New Castle County to write a show for the Victorian 'Rockwood Mansion'. One of the scenes I wrote was a conversation between the 3 du Pont cousins; P.S., A.I. and Coleman regarding their purchase of the company in 1902.
My research was at Hagley Library. Once I got into it, I thought, "Wow, so very very few Delawareans know how profoundly both the du Pont family and company have changed our lives!" (Example: In the '20's, with the law of the land 'Separate But Equal', DE's way of educating children was systemically racist. P.S. du Pont turned that completely around.
And this responds to my Kickstarter program. 2 years ago I met with the DE Department of Education chairs in 1) Social Studies 2) English Language Arts and 3) Performing & Visual Arts. My show subscribes to the Standards of all three in the grades 5, 8 and 11. In fact, these educators suggested creating a 6-8 week "Unit of Instruction' with my show being the culmination.
After that I researched well over 30 underserved schools in the state (there are more); schools that P.S. helped to create. I wish to go to these schools with this Living History presentation and give these students the history and legacy of DuPont. If we are fortunate enough to overfund, we will go to additional underserved schools.
Unlike Rockefeller, Carnegie, etc, the du Ponts kept much of their philanthropy home. Delaware would not be the fabulous state it is without the presence of the du Pont family and the DuPont Company.
Through my relationship with Hagley Museum, I have procured archival photographs on the screen as I portray in First Person: E.I du Pont, Boss Henry du Pont (Pres during Civil War), P.S. du Pont and finally, a DuPont Co chemist.
This is not just a story of The Coming of Age of Delaware. It is the story of the Coming of Age of America. Every student in Delaware should understand and appreciate this story.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 30, 2012.
Jul 30, 2012 - Aug 30, 2012 (31 days)
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4 page graphic-rich color Timeline of the DuPont Company in DE - 1802-2002. This will also be a leave behind for each student in every classroom at our show. Fort DuPont Society 501(c)3 non-profit corp. EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All above + Invitation to local performance, recognition as donor and picture with E.I. or P.S. in costume. Good for entire year. Fort DuPont Society - 501(c)3 EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All above + Name on Timeline banner on front page. Distributed throughout school year of 2012-2013 Fort DuPont Society - 501(c)3 EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All above + Costume appearance at an event of your choice (does not include show). Travel fee applies to any venue outside of New Castle County. Good for entire year. Fort DuPont Society - 501(c)3 EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All above + full presentation at a classrom of your choice. Perhaps it is one of our designated underserved schools? Perhaps your child attends? Perhaps you attended that school.? Good for entire year. Travel fee applies to any venue outside of New Castle County. Fort DuPont Society - 501(c)3 EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All above + Presentation before a non-profit OR organization of your choice. Good for entire year. Fort DuPont Society - 501(c)3 EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All above + Two 2 hour walking tours of Hagley Mills with Greer Firestone as guide portraying E.I. du Pont (in costume, of course!). Your company's slide at the conclusion of our Multi-Media presentation and a banner ad on the Timeline leave-behind. IF you are an individual, we can create some other slide or brainstorm an appropriate reward. Good for entire year. Fort DuPont Society - 501(c)3 EIN 14-1898917Estimated delivery: Sep 2012