D.A.R. display at Metamora library

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer woman’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

Founded in 1890, the organization now has over 170,000 members who each have proven lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

Black Partridge, the local chapter that began in 1978 and covers Woodford and Tazewell Counties, is in Illinois District 1.

Washington resident Kenda Bond, who was 2008-2012 regent of Black Partridge DAR, has put together an informational display for the Metamora Branch of Illinois Prairie District Public Library during the month of August.

It includes a listing of DAR projects: Landstahl Regional Medical Center, Honor Flights, Illinois Veteran’s Home in Danville, and the DAR School at Tamassee, South Carolina; pictures of District 1 and local officers; and pictures of local award winners.

Anthony Davis from Lowpoint-Washburn High School was named American History teacher of Illinois in 2011.

Good Citizen Awards are given to students from each of seven area high schools. Other awards are presented to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and community members.

The June 18, 2011 dedication of the Woman Veteran’s Tribute in Mt. Vernon, Illinois is pictured in the display. Other artifacts include a scarf which visualizes the glass panels in Washington D.C. that are being restored, a porcelain sailboat representing the 2011-2013 state theme, “Sail Into the Future”, and pins from present and past themes.

Booklets and magazines explain the DAR objectives.

Anyone interested in more information on this organization may call 444-5140. Go to the IPDPL web page at www.ipdpl.org to get an overview of the DAR display. Then come to the library during the month of August for a closer look.

— Submitted by Sandy Madsen