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November 24, 2015
On Tuesday we arrived in Saint John at 11:00 am for a full day to explore the area. Saint John is Canada's oldest settlement and New Brunswick remains remarkably unspoiled.  Saint John's history dates to 1604, when the Sieur de Champlain landed nearby on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. After the defeat of the British, many of the Loyalists left the colonies and settled in Saint John in... Read More
November 23, 2015
Recent events inspired this issue’s Flashback item. On April 1, 2015, on the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President General Lynn Forney Young attended an event marking the launch of a project to digitize the Royal Archives of King George III, who reigned from 1760–1820. The effort, initiated at the request of the Queen, will both preserve and increase access to the earliest... Read More
November 19, 2015
When visiting the DAR Museum’s new exhibition Remembering the American Revolution 1776-1890, a large blue rococo-style sofa stands out from other objects.  Its historical significance prompted me to give the 18th century sofa a more authentic look in upholstery fabric and design. Colonel Thomas McKean who signed the... Read More
November 18, 2015
On Monday I was in the office so that I could meet with the Constitution Hall restoration team and get an update on the progress of the work. Things are going well, even with the challenges of working around the busy Constitution Hall performance schedule. I want to share an article that was recently featured on Quinn Evans Architects blog about the work being done in the Hall. This blog post... Read More
November 17, 2015
“You’ve Got Mail!”  the title of a popular 1998 movie was also the theme of the Office of the Registrar General during the month of October.  In the movie version, the title refers to e-mail but in Data Entry, it refers to postal mail, specifically large envelopes containing new member applications, arriving in unprecedented numbers!  In commemoration of the... Read More
November 16, 2015
In Bergen County, New Jersey there is a town no one I have ever met, who is not from that town, has ever heard of. It is named Emerson. Named for the famed poet, yet obscure enough it is New Jersey’s second best kept secret, after wherever they are hiding their most lauded gardens. My mother comes from Emerson, and I spent my summers there growing up. I grew up believing our family was well known... Read More
November 13, 2015
The second full day of the cruise began as we docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  National Chair Joy Cardinal had invited each state regent of the states we visited to write a short history of the state and its role in the Revolutionary War for our Celebrate 125! Cruise program.  Isabel Clark and her daughter, Carter, wrote about New Scotland, settled by Isabel’s maternal 12th Great Grandfather,... Read More
November 12, 2015
My dream for NSDAR’S 125th anniversary was that every member in every chapter would feel a part of the celebration.  I do hope for each of you it was a time to reflect on the amazing legacy we share as DAR members and that you feel a deeper commitment to the important work of the Society.  It has been wonderful hearing... Read More
November 9, 2015
Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee was an organizing member of the National Society and the first Librarian General. Born on November 4, 1864, in Washington, D.C., she was educated in private schools in the city and later traveled in Europe for three years, during which time she took courses at Newham College in Cambridge and at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  In 1892, she graduated from Columbian... Read More
November 6, 2015
After six days in Texas during the month of September, I again boarded a plane to travel to Grand Rapids, MI on September 24 where Theresa Tuttle, Regent, and Sharon VanWeelde, Vice Regent, of the Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter in Grand Rapids welcomed me to Michigan.  The 115th Michigan State Conference, State Regent Diane Schrift, was held at the elegant Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, with high gold... Read More

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