Friday, December 27, 2013

Library of Congress at Christmas

The Library of Congress was established in 1800, during the term of President John Adams, and as a guest of the Colonel John Washington-Katherine Montgomery Chapter NSDAR in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity of visiting it.The Library, originally housed at the White House, lost all of its books when the British set fire to the House in 1814.  It was restored through the purchase of Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection of books in 1815.  Then about 70 percent of it was lost again, due to a chimney fire in the White House.  The Library was finally moved to separate housing to assure its safety but very few books remained.
However, in 1870, Librarian Ainsworth Spofford convinced Congress to pass a copyright law, which required all applicants to send the Library two copies of all books, maps and manuscripts.  This has assured the Nation of a truly fine collection.  Today, there are hundreds of miles of book stacks, in over 480 languages, housed in several locations, and all are available to any person who frequents the Library, with his/her Library card in hand.

The Library building, constructed in the late 1800s, is beautiful, and it is open to the public, for tours or personal use.  If you’re visiting Washington, I strongly recommend you place the Library on your list of places to see.  See an original Gutenberg Bible, an almost completely re-assembled set of the books purchased from Thomas Jefferson, or visit one of the featured exhibits.   Or just while away some time in the genealogy room!!
by Betsy Pessetto
1st Vice Regent

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 11th DAR Meeting/Luncheon

Brunswick Town Chapter DAR members enjoying a delicious lunch at The Frying Pan Restaurant in Southport, NC. Everyone enjoyed the luncheon and especially the waterfront view.
Regent, Jackie Craft, and Registrar, Cindy Sellers get paperwork ready for the chapters new members to sign. The membership is up to 115 ladies.

Focus on Education-Celebrate America!

On behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR President General Lynne Forney Young’s message, to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism has been achieved.  Brunswick Town Daughters of the American Revolutions (DAR)  members Diane Price, Dawn Schulte, Jackie Craft and Norma Eckard reviewed and approved a series of 4 historical biographies to be gifted to the 10 elementary schools in Brunswick County, which were purchased along with Sons of the American Revolution member, (SAR)  Ron Eckard who offered a 5th book, a Daniel Boone biography and gave credit to his National Society Sons of the American Revolution, (NSSAR) George Rogers Clark Chapter of Clarksburg, WV.

The book titles are: Ben Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson. The books lend themselves to educating students about our countries' heritage.  The books are high interest, low vocabulary, with large print and offering a bibliography. The schools are: Union Elementary, Shallotte, Waccamaw Ash Elementary in Bolivia; Lincoln in Leland; Southport Elementary; Belville in Leland; Town Creek in Winnabow; Jessie Mae Monroe in Ash; Virginia Williamson, Bolivia; and Supply Elementary.

By providing this gift of historical books to school children we are Celebrating America.

Information provided by Norma Eckard

  Dawn Schulte, Diane Price, Norma Eckard and Jackie Craft reviewed and approved books and selected a series of 4 historical biographies to be gifted to 10 elementary schools in Brunswick County. 

Each book that was donated to the elementary schools had the above label placed on the inside cover of each book.

Gina Gouger, media specialist from the Southport Elementary School poses with
Jackie Craft, regent of the Brunswick Town DAR Chapter.
Her school also received 5 biographies to share with their students.

Paula Knox, parent facilitator from the Bolivia Elementary
School received
5 historical biographies for their students.
Ms. Carlisle, Secretary and on the right is 
Sharyn  Morrison, Media Coordinator from 
the Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash. 

Terri Hamilton, Media Coordinator at the Waccamaw (k-8) School in Ash also received biographies for their students from the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Wreaths Across America December 14, 2013

 Brunswick Town Chapter DAR members present at the December 14th Wreath laying ceremony were:   Fran  Carlsen, Connie Hendrix, Carol Jutte, Rhonda Amato, Ella Maugans, Lisa Pomeranz and  Vicki Kay. 

 Along with members, some husbands of DAR known as HODars were also there to help unpack all of the  wreaths to be placed on each grave. Wreaths Across America 12-14-13 approximately 1,233 wreaths were laid this year and  last year it  was a little over 600. Fran Carlsen, our Brunswick town DAR Chapter team captain for Wreaths Across  America sent the information below for all to look at and appreciate that all over the United States many  organizations are pulling together and working toward honoring our fallen soldiers on Dec. 14th. The information  provided from Arlington Cemetery had an unbelievable job of laying 143,000 wreaths. We were part of the total  539,881 that laid wreaths for our veterans across the US.
Wilmington National Cemetery
2011 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Peace, Peace, and Farewell...
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace. peace, and farewell....

Thousands Turn Out To Remember, Honor, and Teach
To all of the military families sacrificing Christmas and the holiday season together, you are remembered and loved. Merry Christmas to you all.
This photo was taken of volunteers as they unloaded at Fort Sam Houston National in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to Terence Reynolds for sharing your photo.

Photo Shows Over 1 Million People Why We Do What We Do
This photo, shared with us by Amanda Davis, of her nephew Hunter missing his daddy at Houston National Cemetery on Saturday, December 14th, 2013.
Over 1,054,208 people saw the photo. 12,846 shared, and 1,487 people added a comment to bless this little boy, his broken heart, and his family.

Stars And Stripes Covers The Day At Arlington
143,000 wreaths at Arlington.
539,881 placed in total nationwide.
Every wreath and every volunteer has a story.

An Emotional Day For Families and Volunteers Alike
This photo was shared with us by Kelly Jordan who participated at Jacksonville, FL, and I think it captures so many emotions of the day - for our Gold Star families and for our volunteers (here in Kelly's words):

As a photojournalist I am constantly amazed by the subjects I encounter. After I shot a few frames of this woman hugging her husband's grave, I had the task I hate in situations like this, asking her name. She kindly gave me her name then grabbed me, hugged me hard and said "thank you" for your service. I explained I was not military and she said that it didn't matter and that the fact that I was showing the world how important these veterans' lives are during the wreath ceremony meant I was doing all of the families a service they could not repay.
~ Kelly Jordan, photojournalist
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