Announcement from your Executive Director, regarding COVID-19

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Dear PTPDE Members and other Citizens,

We hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy.  Below are some ways that you
can find out information and help fellow citizens of our global community. 
Keep your family and community safe with these guidelines:
Get help for businesses:
Help others in the community:
If possible please make an appointment to give blood at As blood drives are canceled due to coronavirus concerns, one of the most important things you can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus is to give blood for patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. (Please note: To ensure everyone’s safety you must have an appointment.  No walk-ins will be allowed.) 

Circle of Understanding: Lithuania- March 29th 3-4:30pm-Bear Library-POSTPONED

Indefinite Postponement of the Circle of Understanding: Lithuania Then and Now
People to People Delaware is announcing that the March 29th Circle of Understanding on Lithuania is now being indefinitely postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.  We look forward to offering this event later in the year and hope to see many of you at that time.



Join us for a presentation of the rich, enduring history and traditions of this Northern European Country.  We will explore known ancient migration patterns that drove the formation and expansion of these Baltic-state people through the eyes of two US women of Lithuanian ancestry.  One speaker’s grandparents migrated to the US in the early 1900’s and the other migrated shortly after the Soviet Union recognized Lithuania as an independent country in 1991.
This discussion highlights Lithuania’s long-term and complex relationship with the Soviet Union and the resulting geo-political and economic challenges that faced both these women’s families and migrants of their time.  We will also highlight Lithuania’s recent victories-an enduring cultural history, impressive economic growth and modernization.
Contact Sharon Cooper, for further information.

Kim Burdick, Executive Director is retiring December 31, 2019


Fondly known as “Mrs. History,” Kim Burdick is one of Delaware’s best-known communicators. In 2008, she was named Chevalier l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government for her work commemorating French assistance in the American Revolution. In demand as a speaker and consultant on history and historic preservation issues, Kim’s recent book, Revolutionary Delaware, received first place in the Delaware Press Association competition. Several of her articles on the American Revolution can be found online at .
      In March 2017, she assisted museum staff with the opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and coordinated the Delaware-based symposium, “Voices of the Past: Black Patriots of the American Revolution.” Advisor Emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and past chairman of the Delaware Humanities Council, Kim was honored in 2016 by the State of Delaware for her work on the 50th Anniversary of the Nation’s Historic Preservation laws.




Known non-profit leader
Ability to make decisions and solve problems
Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
Ability to obtain and process information
Advocacy and lobbying
Coordination of meetings and programs
Former ELI tutor. Homestay family since early 1990s.
Strategic planning


  • MPA, Public Policy and Agency Management. School of Public Policy & Administration, College of Urban Affairs, University of Delaware. 1989-1990. *
  • MA, American Folk Culture and Museum Studies. Cooperstown Graduate Programs, SUNY Oneonta, New York.
  • CertificateDALF. French. L’Université de Neuchatel, Switzerland.
  • BA, Art History. SUNY Cortland, New York.

* MPA Thesis cited in: Rosenthal, Alan. The Third House: Lobbyists. Eagleton Institute. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1993 and  in: Boyer, William W and Edward C. Ratledge. Delaware Politics and Government. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.


2017   Delaware Press Association Communicator of Achievement
2016   Preservation 50-State of Delaware
2011   NEH- SHEAR Summer Scholar
2010   Good Citizen Medal. DESSAR
2008   Les Palmes Academiques – French Government.
2004   French Advocate of the Year. French Faculty, University of Delaware
2000-2001 Hagley-Winterthur Research Fellow.
1994   CSG Toll Fellow


  • Burdick Associates: Building History specializes in strategic planning, grant-writing, National Register Nominations, and short-term project management opportunities. Currently, Burdick Associates is providing contract managerial services to People to People Delaware. 2017-2018 programs have included grant-writing, JFC application work, bringing Mary Eisenhower, International Chairman of PtPI, to Delaware to speak at DelState University and at Widener Law School, and working on “Meet & Greet Buffets” for international scholars from U.S. Department of State SUSI programs in cooperation with U. D’s Institute for Global Studies.
  • Del Tech-Wilmington Campus(2004-2017) Retired.