If you think one person can't possibly make a difference in the battle to preserve our past, try telling that to Jacqueline Skinner. A 69-year-old suburban grandmother and genealogist, Skinner turned her concern about Delaware's endangered public records into a successful push for a new, $18 million, 80,000-square foot building. The new Delaware Public Archives should open late this year.
"The archives were in rather sad shape," says Delaware Genealogical Society president Jo Thompson. "There was water leaking in and part [of the archives] was under the parking lot and it wasn't holding up."