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Boundary Stone Dedication Report

Dedication of the District of Columbia Boundary Stone NE-7 hosted by the Col. John Washington-Katherine Montgomery Chapter, DC DAR

Sunday, June 2, 2013 2:00 pm
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, MD  20722

Maryland DAR attendees:  Connie Uy (USD 1812 EVHH Chapter member as well), Lori Sebastian, and Dorothy Weberling of Harmony Hall Chapter; and Susan Skypeck, Vice Regent, Port Tobacco Chapter & USD 1812 EVHH Chapter member

The event started with DAR opening rituals of Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
After the Speakers gave their speeches, the Chapter Chaplain Alma Summerour gave a dedication prayer, then she and Chapter Regent Annie John unveiled the new plaque on the fence and concrete marker located outside the fence that protects the actual boundary stone.

Officers and members of the Grand Lodge of the DC Masons performed their Ritual of Corn, Wine, and Oil.  Approx. 35 Masons paraded to the stone and formed two lines.  They gave their ritual speeches pertaining to masonry.  Then, in separate silver goblets, corn, wine, and oil were ritually poured on the ground.  The Grand Master then formally thanked the DAR for inviting them to participate and for the great work done by DAR for History Preservation in general and of course the work with preservation of the Boundary Stones.  The Masons then formally retreated. 

Chapter Regent Annie John gave her closing remarks and Chapter Chaplain Alma Summerour gave the Benediction.

Refreshments were served and photo ops were taken with the newly dedicated stone.  New DAR friends were made.  A great time was had by all.

 

Report by: Connie Uy, President of the

Ella Virginia Houck Holloway Chapter, Maryland, USD 1812

 

P.D. Brown Memorial Library hosts War of 1812 Exhibit

For a war that took place in part in Charles County’s backyard, many of the events of the War of 1812 have been forgotten. At the P.D. Brown Memorial Library in Waldorf, however, a small part of that history is being kept alive.

The library held a ceremony last week to honor the war’s 200th anniversary and showcase the traveling exhibit the branch is hosting through mid-October.

Charles County Public Library Director Emily Ferren said the exhibit represents a small part of the library’s commitment to being a source of continuing education for the community.

“We’re a lifelong learning center,” Ferren said. “It’s wonderful to have a chance to bring something like this back to the community.”

The exhibit was coordinated in part by library employee Sally Knudsen, who said she was inspired by Branch Manager Cynthia Thornley to seek this sort of educational exhibit.

“I was motivated in part by how Cindy encourages us to present her with ideas for things to do and to host here, and I have a lot of ideas,” Knudsen said. “I just happened to stumble onto this, and I saw that the ... exhibit was at [the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore] and so that made me wonder how we could bring it down here.”

 

 

Staff photo by TIN NGUYEN Kerranne Byrd-Taft explains to her home-schooled children, from left, Jayme, Theldra and James, features of the traveling exhibit of the War of 1812 on display at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library in Waldorf. The display highlights various stages of the war in Maryland, including the British naval offensives starting at Benedict and leading up to the District of Columbia, and the siege of Fort McHenry that gave rise to “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 

Staff photo by TIN NGUYEN Carol Whitsell, president of the Ella Virginia Houck Holloway chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, speaks Sept. 26 at a reception at P.D. Brown Memorial Library in Waldorf for the traveling exhibit the library will host until mid-October. Carol Whitsell of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812’s Ella Virginia Houck Holloway chapter said the exhibit represents a continuing effort to remind the people of the area, and of the country as a whole, of the importance of this war.

“It’s really sad that children growing up now know little to nothing about the war. Even when I was in school, I can’t recall learning anything about it,” Whitsell said. “They know the American Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars, but not the War of 1812. We’ve been working with the county board of education to add more education about the War of 1812 to the curriculums, and in the next three years, we hope to see that come to fruition. We’ve been very proud to find our ancestors, and to remember them and give them their due ... they forfeited everything for our benefit, and we tend to forget them over time.”

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Washington portrait donated to T.C. Martin Elementary School

The Ella Virginia Houck Holloway chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812, under the auspice of the Thomas Stone chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented a copy of Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of George Washington to Principal Gregory R. Miller and Vice Principal Caroline Timmons of T. C. Martin Elementary School in Bryantown on Oct. 16, 2012.. Members of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Holloway chapter included chapter President Carol Whitsell and her granddaughter, Lilly Wolff, a student at Martin and a member of the Children of the American Revolution; Recording and Corresponding Secretary Anne Boone, wife of SAR member Charles Boone; Registrar Joyce Candland; chapter Treasurer, Historian and Photographer Dena Cruz; chapter Chaplain

The school gathered in the multipurpose room to witness the event.

The SAR has partnered with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association to place Washington portraits in schools across the country in an effort to instill in children the memory of Washington, the father of the country and the first president of the United States of America.

 

 

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