The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has recently hired three new historic-site interpreters for its museums in Lewes and Dover. Historic-site interpreters are the division’s front-line connection with the public, adding a human face to Delaware history. Through tours and special programming, they provide in-depth information about the state’s historic places and help bring the people and events of the past to life.
Kaitlyn Dykes and Andrew Lyter are both currently serving at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. Dykes comes to the division after working as a volunteer manager for Delaware State Parks, as a historical interpreter at the Fort Miles Historical Area in Cape Henlopen State Park and as an archaeology intern for Jamestown Rediscovery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Andrew Lyter holds a bachelor’s degree in history from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in history from that same institution. He has worked as a program coordinator and museum educator at Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, as a historic ships keeper for the Independence Seaport Museum and as a volunteer interpreter at a variety of historic sites in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Before joining the staff of The Old State House in Dover, Steven Mumford worked in a wide variety of capacities in Maryland including writing grants and other fund-raising activities; managing historic-preservation projects; and serving in administrative positions for a number of state-, county- and local-government agencies. An actor, historical interpreter and director, Mumford is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Dover English Country Dancers, has taught acting at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. and was the writer and producer of a documentary film on old Chestertown, Md. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tarkio College in Missouri and has studied historic preservation at Washington College in Chestertown.