During the month of January 2014, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs welcomed two new members to its staff—Charity DeGeorge and Latecia Prophet.
Magnolia, Del. resident Charity DeGeorge comes to the division after a 20-year career in the United States Air Force where she attained the rank of technical sergeant. Her work as an aircraft-engine maintenance mechanic took her to overseas deployments in Kyrgyzstan and Qatar and several assignments across the country including Dover Air Force Base. Originally from Sterling, Mass., DeGeorge joined the Air Force immediately after graduating from high school. The technical training that she received in the military provided her with a wide skill-set including the ability to disassemble and completely rebuild complex jet-engines including those utilized on A-10, F-16 and C-17 aircraft, and her subsequent career as a mechanic contributed to the safe transport of countless numbers of military personnel. DeGeorge’s job as a housekeeper with the division is her first position since retiring from the Air Force.
Historic-site interpreter Latecia Prophet is no stranger to the division’s downtown Dover museums. From 2007 to 2009, she worked at those same sites, particularly The Old State House, where her research dug deep into local African-American history including the life of Underground Railroad conductor Samuel D. Burris. Born and raised in New York City, Prophet first visited Dover when her daughter was a student at Delaware State University. Liking the quality of life that she saw there, Prophet moved to Delaware’s capital city in 1997. In 2007, when she originally applied to work for the division, her interest was based, in part, on what she would be able to learn about the history of her adopted city and state. Now, seven years later, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with young people so that they can understand how local history impacts their everyday lives.