Two local historical clubs recently joined forces to preserve obituary records as part of a community service project.
The London Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Madison County Genealogical Society assisted with the documentation and filing of newspaper obituaries. These records are a vital source of information to all who come to the Genealogical Society Library in their quest to trace their ancestors.
Chapter members organizing the event were Sharon Dillion, chapter chairman of Service to America; Yvonne Hiteshue, Madison County Genealogical Society President; and Grace Yerian, Library Director.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in 1890 with the mission of historic preservation, education and patriotism. The Founders envisioned this Society as one of service. DAR members are involved citizens who can be seen in serving our country and communities in many ways.
During the past three-year administration, the members exceeded their goal of 12,500,000 hours of community service. Chapters throughout the country participate as a group to embrace the DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11 to celebrate the birthday of DAR.
“The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is often looked upon as purely a lineage society and its service organization mission often goes unappreciated by the general public and even by some of its members,” a spokesperson said.
The new President General, Ann Turner Dillon has challenged the membership with a new goal of 19 million service hours by 2019 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the congressional approval of the 19th amendment.
The 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America was introduced in 1878 and it took 41 years for Congress to finally approve it on June 4, 1919, and send it on to the states for ratification. This was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States fought on both state and national levels.
There were many outstanding DAR members such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Alice S. Paul who worked long and hard to achieve the women’s right to vote. DAR members honor them and their patriot ancestors by giving back our love and appreciation of their sacrifices to the citizens of this country through volunteer services.
For DAR, every day is a “Day of Service to America.” For more information about DAR visit www.dar.org or call Yvonne Hiteshue, London Chapter Registrar at 740-852-0994.