October 2017 Archives

October 27, 2017

Leaving Denver a day before the Michigan State Conference, I traveled with my daughter to visit her son who is attending Northwood University just a two hour drive from the conference hotel.  The following day, I flew the short distance back to Detroit, so the routine of providing transportation for the President General would be as normal as possible.  It was anything but normal because a... Read More

October 24, 2017

One of the lesser known departments at DAR Headquarters is Events.  The Events Department coordinates internal Member and departmental space reservations and also provides substantial income for the organization through private rentals, the majority of which are weddings. We are proud of our growing relationships with... Read More

October 19, 2017

On this day in 1781, American patriots along with their French allies won the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia. A decisive victory, it was the last major land battle of the American Revolution. British Army commander Charles Cornwallis surrendered and negotiations formally to end the war began.

In 1920, DAR led a petition to have Yorktown’s “sacred acres” set aside as a public park. Founded... Read More

October 18, 2017

Throughout the month, and particularly on our 127th anniversary on October 11, DAR members across the country celebrated the National DAR Day of Service by participating in a variety of volunteer activities in their local communities in honor of the anniversary of our founding. Members organized a myriad of service projects throughout the country and I was so excited to see many of your... Read More

October 16, 2017

For most visitors, the exhibits, programs, and tours are the visible side of a museum, but a lot of overlooked routine work has to happen to protect the collections and keep other activities running smoothly. We thought we’d take this opportunity to share a few examples of the less noticeable tasks that happen around here behind the scenes.

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October 14, 2017

Whether she appreciates it or not, every Daughter has accompanied us in spirit throughout this amazing journey to commemorate not only the centennial of World War I but also our gratitude to the French citizens who aided America’s struggle for independence. And so it was truly one of the highest honors of my lifetime to carry inside me the devotion of all members when joining Mrs. Dillon to... Read More

October 13, 2017

Thursday was a time to honor our heroes.  This day, as well as the entire week, has been an act of service and will leave a thumb print on our souls.  We have walked the battlefields and cemeteries where our men and women sacrificed their lives for liberty. We explored the Franco-American Museum at Chateau de Blerancourt viewing a powerful exhibit on WWI and American  volunteers.  The combat... Read More

October 12, 2017

On Wednesday, our tour began at the historic Picpus Cemetery.   The private cemetery was created during the French Revolution, and more than 1,300 victims of the guillotine are buried here, most of them lying together in a mass grave.  Picpus Cemetery is also the final resting place of our beloved friend in liberty, the Marquis de Lafayette.  It was a fine honor to participate with President... Read More

October 11, 2017

On April 15, 1918, a 24- year- old farmer from  Nebraska, boarded the ship Madawaska at Newport News, VA, headed for France, embarking on what he titled “My Trip with the A.E.F.”, in the little book he carried with him throughout his service in World War I.  Beginning with the landing at St. Nazier, France, on April 24, until the return voyage from Brest, France, on the ship America, he kept a... Read More

October 10, 2017

Yesterday almost eighty Daughters and spouses began touring the sites where American forces played a significant role in the defense of France in World War I.  Dr. Monique Seefried, US World War I Centennial Commissioner, led the tour and shared her knowledge and insights. The sites visited are within 50 miles of Paris, and their proximity highlights the importance of these battles in... Read More

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