August 23, 2016
I would like to tell you a story, partially recorded in silk and wool threads stitched long ago.            In 2007 the DAR Museum purchased a rare Iowa sampler – rare because samplers made west of the Mississippi seldom appear on the market. The accompanying packet of information from Amy Finkel, Philadelphia antique dealer, has taken me down different paths of research. Much remains to be explored in the context of both American women’s history and educational history. The research has lead me to learn much about Susannah, the woman who created the sampler. Susannah McClure, the daughter of William and Cynthia Evans McClure, was born March 9, 1840

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August 19, 2016
Today is National Aviation Day, a national observation that celebrates the development of aviation!  Established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday, this day encourages us to celebrate the achievements made by both men and women in the field of aviation.  For our inaugural Tales from the Archives blog, we would like to honor one particular aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, who spoke on the “Development of Aviation” at DAR’s 42nd Continental Congress.  Amelia Earhart, while not a DAR member herself, was invited by the DAR to give an address in 1933, four years before her untimely death.  Earhart graciously accepted the invitation and gave an

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August 18, 2016
I’m often asked how or why I became a parliamentarian. My elevator speech/answer is that after I was elected and installed as state regent ten years ago I realized I didn’t really know as much as I needed to know about running a meeting using proper parliamentary procedure. I also reply that I like to color between the lines – meaning that I want to know the rules. I joined parliamentary organizations, studied, passed examinations and credentialing, and became involved at the different local, state and national levels. My background and education in law enforcement also makes it a good fit. While some argue that parliamentary procedure is too restrictive, confining, and hard to understand,

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