Jeannette Eckman, historian

1901 Graduation picture, Friends School, Wilmington, DE

(Miss Eckman is in the top row, second from left)

Jeannette Eckman (1882-1972). A lifelong resident of Wilmington, graduated from Wellesley College in 1905. She taught German at Wilmington High School until World War I. She took up the banner of women's suffrage. She worked for U. S. Senator T. Coleman du Pont during his two terms in office. At fifty-three she took on the job of director of the Delaware Federal Writers's Project, serving as editor for several editions of the Delaware State Guide (1938, 1947, 1955) and the New Castle Guide (1936, 1937, 1950). She continued researching New Castle as plans developed for preserving the town and orchestrated New Castle's tercentenary in 1951. After this, she spent the rest of her life reading.

From an interview with Richard Eckman, April 16, 2007 by Timothy J. Mullin, "A Fresh Look at Old New Castle's Architectural Heritage" in Delaware History 32, 1, 2007