Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

October 4, 2018
When you think of Massachusetts, stretch your imagination beyond Boston, Concord, and Lexington. Sturbridge is in the central area of the state and is beautiful and rich in history as well. I flew into Hartford, Connecticut and had a scenic ride due north. It was a wonderful visit with the Massachusetts Daughters and I enjoyed learning about all their achievements and goals. State Regent, Holly...
October 2, 2018
Miss Hannah Bloomfield’s Receipt Book of Cookery has been in the collection of the DAR Museum since 1963. It was donated by Louise Kennard Haynes, a DAR Member. This manuscript recipe book was compiled by Bloomfield sometime before her marriage to General James Giles in 1784. Like many young women in the 18 th and early 19 th centuries Bloomfield recorded a list of recipes she thought would suit...
September 27, 2018
September is a perfect time to travel and leaving the heat of Denver for Charleston, South Carolina was a welcome visit. With ancestors from the area, I was eager to visit this charming city and meet many friends and make new ones. It was everything I hoped for and more. The South Carolina Daughters made certain that I not only toured the city, but connected with my ancestors as well. It was...
September 25, 2018
The DAR has numerous helpful resources to assist members with the preparation and submission of applications and supplementals. One such resource is Facebook, where there are several pages devoted to this topic: DAR Registrars and Members Helping Each Other ; DAR Supplementals Support Team ; and Lineage Research, NSDAR . These pages are administered by DAR members, and each site is devoted to the...
September 21, 2018
As many of you are aware, DAR employs three archivists including me. Our responsibilities include the management of both the NSDAR Archives and the Americana Collection including acquisitions, collections use and maintenance, reference services, and educational and outreach activities including exhibit planning and installation. Archivists are...
September 20, 2018
After a few days at home, I left for Bangor, Maine around noon anticipating a late evening arrival. The best laid plans often go astray and this trip was unexpectedly delayed when the plane inbound for my connection experienced a mechanical problem and arrived a full three hours late. We landed in Bangor in the wee hours and I was so grateful to see my wonderful page, Beth Calhoun. I was also...
September 17, 2018
Happy Constitution Week! September 17 th through the 23 rd is an exciting time in America. We have the opportunity to celebrate and honor the United States Constitution. Our Constitution has endured longer than any other constitution in the world. Imagine being in Philadelphia that long, hot summer in 1787. Citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania see the many influential men arriving in their city...
September 14, 2018
Following a week in the office, I departed for Burlington, Vermont on Friday morning to arrive in time for lunch with the State Regent Carol Schwenk, Vice Regent Edna Curtin and my page for the visit, Emalee Morris. Unfortunately a fog obscured my anticipated view of the mountains, but enough of the landscape was visible that I could understand why it is called the “Green Mountain State.” I was...
September 11, 2018
In July, I had the great privilege and fun of going to the Supreme Court building to dress two manikins for their current exhibit, “In Re Lady Lawyers: The Rise of Women Attorneys and the Supreme Court,” which is open to the public through 2020. The exhibit takes its title from the early 20 th century list of women admitted to argue before the Supreme Court, which was kept by an employee in the...
September 7, 2018
After a summer break, live genealogy lectures at the DAR Library are back! In a few weeks, on Tuesday, September 18 at 10 AM, I will give a talk about indirect evidence. The talk is titled “Indirect Evidence: Making the Case If You Do Not Have Direct Answers,” and I will be discussing the...

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