Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

November 19, 2018
Friday morning found us sailing on the open seas. Our fabulous cruise through the south Caribbean was winding down. With no destinations to explore, we were free to explore our home on the water, the Summit. Special tours of usually off-limit areas of the ship were offered to passengers on our sailing day. Passengers could visit the engine room, galley, or navigation deck. The tour of the...
November 18, 2018
It was another gorgeously warm day under the Caribbean sun as DAR members eagerly disembarked to begin our excursion into historic Bridgetown, Barbados to get a taste of the city and a special glance back into history. This delightful island was uninhabited when the British arrived in 1628, but it now boasts a population of nearly 100,000. As we traveled from the port to our first stop, we...
November 17, 2018
Early on this morning, we arrived at the beautiful island of St. Lucia that covers an area of 238 square miles. Due to the profitability of the sugar industry, the ownership of the island has traded over the years between the French, the first discoverers and the British. St. Lucia was named after Saint Lucy, the saint of light by the French. Legend has it that French sailors were shipwreck here...
November 16, 2018
Those traveling on the DAR cruise were awakened this morning to the sounds of steel drums welcoming us to the port of St. Johns on the island of Antigua (an-tee’-ga). The day dawned with bright sunshine as we embarked on a day filled with adventures and history. Any rain that happened to briefly fall was quickly referred to as “liquid sunshine!” Antigua is a small volcanic island located midway...
November 15, 2018
On Day Three the weather was overcast, but the Celebrity Summit brought the Daughters to the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Our port of call in Saint Kitts was Basseterre (translated into “low lands”), which is the capital of Saint Kitts. Prior to independence it had been divided into three sections, the British in the middle and the French at each end. Saint Kitts gained its independence in...
November 14, 2018
Where can you look out your ship board window, see a rainbow, dark clouds hanging over the lush green mountains; but just wait, the wind picks up, salt spray pounds the veranda and what was there a minute ago disappears into a gray menacing ship-rocking short lived storm? On the DAR Caribbean Cruise of course! Off to the left is another ocean going cruise ship, the dark rainy clouds are now...
November 13, 2018
Anticipation was high as DAR members and many husbands stood in line to check in for embarkation on the Celebrity Summit for a cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico many of us arrived the day before our scheduled departure and enjoyed the historic old city. Recovery from the devastating hurricanes that struck the island in 2017 has been slow, but the port area is...
November 8, 2018
It was a blustery but clear October morning as I stood outside waiting for Sherry Edwards to arrive for our drive to Yorktown, Virginia and the annual celebration of Cornwallis’ surrender to Washington. This was the 237th anniversary and Yorktown Days is somewhat like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day all rolled into one. The Comte de Grasse Chapter of the DAR is primarily...
November 6, 2018
The DAR Museum is the home to more than 130 fascinating portraits. The lives and legacies of many Americans, both famous and not-so-famous are told through these likenesses. The earliest portrait dates to the 1750s while more recent ones are from the first decades of the 20th century. Works by well-known artists include John Singleton Copley, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Sully, and Ralph E. W. Earl...
November 1, 2018
For three glorious days, four members of the DAR Headquarters Genealogy Department staff, including our Director, Sara Sukol, promoted DAR at the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS) Conference in Fort Wayne, IN. Three times each year at different genealogy conferences a few members of the genealogy staff set up a conference booth to promote the organization and our genealogical resources...

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