Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lorelei Meanor first was brought to Delaware to teach English at Talley Junior High School in the Brandywine School District. Eventually earning a Ed.D from the University of Delaware, she went into administration and became a principal at New Castle County schools and then at North Laurel Elementary. Lorelei came to Sussex after her son left for college and moved to Lewes to work at Laurel.
Why Lewes? Lorelei says, "I used to bring my son here when he was little and always loved the town and the beaches. It seemed like a lovely place to retire – housing was inexpensive too in town, the fact that so much of the town had remained natural and in place – the small alleyways and historic allure of Lewes conjured up images of the past." The old beach houses on Savannah with sand right up to the steps was a scene she vividly recalls.
Bonnie Taylor suggested that Lorelei get involved at The Lewes Historical Society, and so she started as a docent at Cannonball House Lewes Maritime Museum and then moved over as an archival volunteer, processing the DeVries Business Professional Women's collection. She is now helping to digitize images from the Col. Riley E. McGarraugh Photographic Collection, an important mid-20th century resource.
In considering her estate plans, Lorelei noted that she "wanted a place that needed the money. I feel like I could do something worthwhile here and I love the idea of the Society’s education program and reaching out to children to help them understand the past. My mother was a teacher and my son is a teacher. Education runs in the family!"
Lorelei believes in the Society because of its strong commitment to preservation and education – she is so impressed by the way the Society advocates to save architecture in town and how it engages our community through education that she has decided to make a permanent investment in that effort -- through her estate plans and the Society's endowment.