Historian and local author describes Constitution Hall

Saturday, October 5, 2019
D.A.R. Chapter Regent Bonnie Yetter, and new member, Shirley Courtney. Contributed photo

D.A.R. not just a social group

The Alexander McNair Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution continues to grow and support the local community.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the chapter welcomed new member Shirley Courtney.

Cassville history teacher and author Steven Mann and D.A.R. Chapter Regent Bonnie Yetter. Contributed photo

Since the chapter was celebrating Constitution week they enjoyed a program by Cassville history teacher and author, Steven Mann.

Mann took members to Constitution Hall, with descriptions of the sounds and smells of the room as courageous patriots, who would be labeled as traitors and hung if caught, negotiated their way through a document that still guides our republic today.

Other members brought reports on current national defense topics and community service projects, including an upcoming bike hike event along the Missouri Katy trail to raise money for a new Fisher House in St Louis.

The Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital, similar to the Ronald McDonald houses.

“People seem to think D.A.R. is ladies sitting around in white gloves and pearl necklaces drinking tea and talking about our ancestors,” said Maella Blalock. “But today’s D.A.R. is an active women's service organization with projects supporting our local community, our state and our nation.”

The next D.A.R. meeting will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 with award winning, Kansas City artist, Sarah Poff, telling compelling stories of the common men who lived and fought alongside the famous. Her paintings portray local stories from the Civil War, pioneer times and the lineage of nine generations. Several paintings are about Barry County during the Civil War. Poff’s family has lived in Barry County since prior to the 1850 census.

The public is welcomed at all the D.A.R. programs.