Barbara Vaughn tells us, "My passion is history."
Council Member Vaughan puts that passion to work in her community.
"The Lewes City application to become a Preserve America Community was successful and we subsequently received a grant to develop a Maritime History Sign Trail which helps tourists understand and appreciate Lewes' rich history." Vaughan explains.
First settled in 1631 by Dutch colonists looking to establish a whaling community, Lewes, Delaware, (population 3,000) was the first colony in Delaware and has ever since played a pivotal role in Delaware’s history. Lewes has been home to generations of Delaware River and Bay pilots and was once the largest fishing port in the United States.
The site of the current Canalfront Park is where, for more than 250 years, boats were built and launched into the canal. A Revolutionary War fortification was also built there, from which cannon fire was exchanged during the War of 1812 with a British ship anchored in the nearby Delaware Bay.
Barbara Vaughan also looks to the future, and to the health and well-being of her community and its children.
"I was successful in having all (7) Lewes parks and playgrounds (2) declared smoke-free and it is working!" she noted.
The measure was sparked by health concerns and ongoing discussions over the number of discarded cigarette butts found littering city streets and the newly dedicated Canalfront Park.
"The whole community put their efforts into that park," said Councilwoman Barbara Vaughan. "It shouldn't be desecrated with cigarette butts.
Ms. Vaughan was elected to the City Council in May 2004. She has lived in Lewes since 1992, where she has taught history courses at the University of Delaware, Academy of Lifelong Learning. She has served on the Board and as President of the Lewes Homeowners Association; a member of the Board of the Lewes Historical Society; a member and secretary of the Lewes Pedestrian Safety Review Committee and an Ad-Hoc member of the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission. Prior to moving to Lewes, she was the Director of Admission at the Key School in Annapolis, Maryland and served as Director of Human Resources at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. Ms. Vaughan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Allegheny College.
Democratic Municipal Officials is proud to honor Barbara Vaughan as our DMO of the Month.