Milestone – The 100th anniversary of the Hotel du Pont

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The Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration commenced on its official 100th anniversary.

The celebration at the Wilmington hotel last month had more than 200 employees, community members and guests in attendance.

“The Hotel du Pont is truly a ’ gem’ in Wilmington, the state and the region, said Susan Stalnecker, vice president, DuPont Global Fixed Cost Modernization & Hospitality, to attendees. “For the past century, the hotel has served as a destination for world dignitaries, movie stars, politicians, sports teams, lawyers, business people, tourists, and, of course folks like you and me who enjoy fine food, lodging and the best service there is!”

“Most important to the success of the Hotel du Pont are the dedicated and hard working employees who help create memories for our guests,” said Lisa Bolten, director, DuPont Hospitality. “Without them, it’s just an empty building.”

The Hotel du Pont also announced a commemorative book, Images of America: Hotel du Pont, containing historic images of the construction, architecture, hotel rooms,  events and guests that have contributed to the Hotel du Pont’s 100-year-old history. The book is available at the hotel’s hospitality gift shop and on Amazon.

To continue the year-long celebration, several other events and special features will take place throughout the year including:

– A Centennial Speaker Series on architecture and photography, the Wyeth Collection, and the Howard Pyle Collection.

– Centennial Tea Service offered daily, featuring blends of tea from the Delaware Art Museum and the neighboring estates in the Brandywine Valley. There also will be a themed “Downton Abbey Tea” in January, inspired by the hit British television drama.

– Overnight packages with dinner, tickets to a show and accommodations.

– Hotel history tours.

For more information on these or other events as part of the Centennial Celebration, visit the Hotel duPont website.

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