Curator General

Written by: Curator General, Barby Frankenberry
August 12, 2016

Serving as Curator General for the National Society is truly an honor for this life-long native of West Virginia! My responsibility as Curator General will be to oversee the working of the DAR Museum and the thirty-one period rooms.

I am “Barby,” with a “Y”! Why, because my Mother wanted it that way! My full, official name is Barbara Ann McDonald Frankenberry, and many of you know I find great pleasure in taking pictures! So let me share a very brief “snapshot” of my life!

I grew up in Bunker Hill, WV, the first permanent settlement in WV, founded by Revolutionary Soldier, Colonel Morgan Morgan, in 1731. This was the beginning of my love for learning about history of the area and my Revolutionary ancestors! I lived with my mother and her parents on a dairy, beef, sheep, chicken, turkey, geese, peafowl, pheasants; you name the animal farm, where I learned many, many lessons about life. My father’s family was orchardists who grew apples, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, etc.

The C.H. Musselman Plant, Inwood, WV, the largest apple packing plant in the world at one time and the producers of Musselman Applesauce, built Musselman High School, mascot the Applemen, the school from which I graduated in 1967. In 1971, I received my B.A in Physical Education and Library Science from Shepherd College and my M.A. in Speech Communications from West Virginia University in 1983. My husband, Bob (Robert H., and an SAR member) and I married June 27, 1971. We are the proud parents of daughter, Jan Elizabeth Chancey, a DAR member; her husband, James; son, Ryan Bealman Frankenberry, an SAR member; and daughter-in-law, Gretchen.  Bob and I especially enjoy grandchildren, Conner and Regan Chancey and Julia Frankenberry as they experience all the fun life has to offer them!

In 1981, I became a member of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter, NSDAR, celebrating 95 years this year. With the golden delicious apple as the State symbol my three years as State Regent, WVDAR was “Celebrating DAR to the CORE!” because we are, Dedicated, Active and Resourceful!

I taught in the Berkeley County School system for forty-four years before my retirement, June 30, 2015. Thirty-two years were dedicated to being a library media specialist in the Musselman Middle School and Musselman High School libraries. It was humbling when my county recognized me as the 1992-93 Berkeley County Teacher of the Year, the first library media specialist to receive this award! I stay busy as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, CEOS, the Berkeley County Youth Fair Board, co-chairman of the Miss Berkeley Co. Youth Fair Contest, Chairman of the Berkeley County 4-H Style Revue Committee, and past President of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival.  Bob and I are members in the Arden United Methodist Church, Leaders of the Arden 4-H Club, Past Chiefs of the West Virginia 4-H All Stars and we each have been chosen as West Virginia Outstanding Girls Certified Track and Field Officials. We do keep busy!

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