Division mourns loss of former site interpreters

Employees of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs are mourning the loss of Elizabeth “Lib” Lynch and Carol Cutbill, both former historic-site interpreters at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Del.

Photo of Elizabeth “Lib” Lynch
Elizabeth “Lib” Lynch

Lib Lynch passed away on May 5, 2021. Born Elizabeth Joseph in Lewes in 1926, she witnessed the building and opening of the Zwaanendael Museum in 1931. After graduating from Lewes High School in the 1940s, she went on to marry George T. Lynch Jr. and raise two sons. Returning to her home town, she worked for many years for the Sussex Trust Co. before beginning her third career as a historic site interpreter at the Zwaanendael Museum where she worked for over 20 years before retiring in 2013.

According to Bridget Warner, the Zwaanendael Museum’s site manager, Lynch had “a great sense of humor and an encyclopedic knowledge of Lewes history which she loved to share with museum visitors and with people passing by as she sat on the porch” of her childhood home at Third and Market streets in Lewes. Go to the following for more information on the life of Lib Lynch.

Photo of Carol Cutbill
Carol Cutbill at work at the Zwaanendael Museum in 2015.

Artist and history buff Carol Cutbill, née Comlish, passed away on May 8, 2021 in Montgomery County, Md. She was 88 years old. Born and educated in Lordship, Conn., she married Keith Cutbill in a dress that she designed herself. Together the couple raised six children before moving to Lewes in 1988 where she immersed herself in Mid-Atlantic art and history. An accomplished painter, she also had an affinity for dancing and for antiques, working for a time in Auntie Em’s Emporium, a Lewes antique store. Cutbill served as a historic site interpreter at the Zwaanendael Museum from the late 1990s to 2018.

Warner noted that Cutbill was a kind and caring person who loved to interact with museum visitors, adding that she was “a very artistic and fashionable lady with a gift for putting colors together.“ Go to the following for more information on the life of Carol Cutbill.

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