Betsy Ross pays a visit to DAR lun­cheon

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - ORGANIZATIONS - Photos and story by Joan Bang For Main Line Me­dia News

When it comes to pre­serv­ing the his­tory, hered­ity and hon­ors that pre­vailed dur­ing the found­ing of this na­tion, the Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion (DAR) are ac­tive and in­volved in keep­ing the sac­ri­fices and me­mories of their an­ces­tors alive. For gals liv­ing along the Main Line, that of­ten means mem­ber­ship in the Jeptha Ab­bott Chap­ter (JAC) of DAR.

Deemed to be the largest chap­ter of this pa­tri­otic so­ci­ety for women in the state, JAC was named af­ter a young man who’d been born 24 years be­fore the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence came into be­ing. Ab­bott, who hailed from New Jersey, not only sur­vived the war, but man­aged to live into his mid-70s.

It was one of this gent’s an­ces­tors, El­iz­a­beth Rans­ley, who took on the task of pre­serv­ing his, and her pos­ter­ity, through the chap­ter, shortly af­ter the stock mar­ket crashed in 1929.

Through­out the up­heavals, mod­ern-day wars and eco­nomic down­turns JAC has man­aged to find the means to in­stall two stained glass win­dows at the Washington Me­mo­rial Chapel lo­cated in Val­ley Forge Park, an­other “must see” stop along the ‘road’ to find­ing out just what the Revo­lu­tion­ary War did to and for Amer­ica’s in­de­pen­dence.

Along with th­ese pa­tri­otic ef­forts, JAC has also had a hand in ed­u­ca­tion and emo­tional en­deav­ors through its as­so­ci­a­tion with the Ta­massee DAR School lo­cated in the north­west­ern cor­ner of South Carolina. Now a haven for at-risk teenage chil­dren, the area harkens back to a time when Chero­kee In­di­ans not only lived in the area, but also wel­comed oth­ers to do so as long as they be­haved in peace­ful ways.

DAR mem­bers also take that pre­cept to heart and con­tinue their ef­forts to teach oth­ers the sig­nif­i­cance of their an­ces­tors’ ef­forts to break free from Eng­land’s tyranny and tax­a­tion with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Seems to have worked.

Think there might be a pa­triot on your fam­ily tree? Check-out JAC’s web­site at www.jac­dar.org for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

“Betsy Ross” gets an as­sist with fold­ing her flag prop­erly from Carl Hoyler and David Humphrey of Rad­nor.

Ann Pat­ten of Vil­lanova greets ar­riv­ing DAR mem­bers Linda Haw­ley of Wayne, Val Cullen and Molly Schiller.

DAR chair­woman Carolyn Hoyler, Amanda Quinn, Re­gent Gayla Mcluskey of Rad­nor, and Clare Myer start the lun­cheon with a group photo.

Nancy Popielarski, the se­nior na­tional as­sis­tant reg­is­trar for Chil­dren of the Revo­lu­tion, ex­plains her du­ties to Terry Fisher and the PA So­ci­ety’s DAR Re­gent, Cynthia Sweeney.

Sally Mohr and her daugh­ter, Bar­bara Petit, wait for the pro­gram to be­gin with new DAR mem­ber Mary Mor­ri­son Tat­ters­field.

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