Betsy Ross pays a visit to DAR luncheon
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.