DAR celebrates milestone memberships
The Marshall Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated their history by honoring women with milestone anniversary memberships this summer.
Several members gathered at Westport Estates in June to recognize the local DAR chapter's dedication to the education, preservation and patriotism of American history through their long-time milestone members. The DAR sponsors scholarships and essay contests for local students, and its members have the opportunity to attend DAR conferences with other chapters.
This year the organization celebrated Jo Malter with 65 years, Katherine Lewis with 50 years, Anna Marie Sharp with 25 years and Becky Gieringer with 25 years. The women have received national certificates to commemorate the occasion.
These women have seen the profound changes in the organization, such as a difference in attire they wear to DAR gatherings. They noted when they first entered the organization, they had to wear gloves and slacks were prohibited.
Chapter Regent Judy Frerking believes organizations with foundations in genealogy, such as the DAR, strive to maintain a sense of patriotism by preserving history.
"The DAR keeps history going," said member Anne Marie Sharp.
Frerking added, "before things are lost to the next generation."
Some of the women pass on their passion for family history to their own family members by initiating their daughters and granddaughters in the organization at an early age. Frerking noted the excitement and pride connected with uncovering and preserving the details of family history.
"Finding a document with an original signature, it's just the thrill of discovery," she said. "Stuff like that is just fun."