James Harlan Chapter of DAR Meets in September

Written by Theresa Rose on September 28, 2015

James Harlan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met Saturday morning, September 26, 2015, at the Fellowship Cup in Mt. Pleasant. Twenty-eight attended, including guests Lena Schrader, Sharon Wiese and Mr. and Mrs. Lydon Swartzendruber. Chaplain JoAnn Stout and Linda Dorn provided refreshments.

Regent Barb Welander led the opening rituals and conducted a short business meeting. Yearbooks for 2015-2016 were distributed and a report was given on the District meeting, held September 15th, in the IWU Social Hall, Howe Student Activity Center. Sixty ladies attended and all raved about their afternoon tour of the Harlan-Lincoln House. Everyone agreed that Mt. Pleasant has a hidden gem.

Roberta Swartzendruber, who served as a docent for many years while living in Washington, DC, then presented a very interesting slide show program about the DAR Museum. The Iowa Room was one of the first, sponsored by the Iowa Society DAR. The museum currently houses more than 30,000 items. A new exhibit opening in the Main Gallery on October 9th is entitled Remembering the American Revolution, 1776-1890.

Others attending: Registrar Carol Klopfenstein, Vice Regent Gayle Olson, Pat Brown, Treasurer Pam Schinstock, Maria Whetsler, Carol Messer, Jane Neil, Judy Rawson, Recording Secretary Cathy Helman, Sylvia Blaesing, Dianna Klaus, Mary Savage, Wilma Lewis, Trish Woepking, Martha Allen, Kayleigh Septer, Helen See, Becky Wright, Margaret Carlson, Waunita Gibbons and Pat White.

The next meeting will be October 24th at the Fellowship Cup in Mt. Pleasant. Carol Messer and Sylvia Blaesing will report on their experience attending the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, DC.

All members of DAR descend from a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. The objectives of DAR are historical preservation and the promotion of education and patriotic endeavors. For information on joining DAR, contact Carol Klopfenstein, 319-257-6987.