At no time in our history have we been more aware of the sacrifices that our young men and women serving in the military are making for our country. The opportunity for outreach endeavors by the Colonial Dames has never been greater. We have a unique chance to become more in tune with our fellow Americans in uniform both on the battlefield and here at home. Many of our Societies are doing their part in saying Thank You, but we can always do more. Care packages are being sent from all over the US to our service people abroad; special Veterans Day Remembrance Services are being held; dinners are provided for troops in training; local Veterans Hospitals are provided with supplies and friendly faces; families of the deployed are being cared for; Christmas Sox are stuffed with fun and needed items for Veterans Hospitals; special dinners are prepared for returning troops and their families; phone cards are provided for troops to call home; books, CDs and books on tape are sent over seas; and many individual Dames show their appreciation by writing letters to our service people. These are just a few of the many projects being done by the Dames. Many other opportunities are available.
Veterans History Project A few years ago, NSCDA made a national commitment to involvement with the Veterans History Project (www.loc.gov/vets), which coordinates the interviewing of veterans of all generations and all branches of service in order to collect and preserve first-hand stories of troops, war industry workers, medical volunteers and even civilians who have lived through such extraordinary times. Just offer your time and energy and they will put you to work.
Washington Workshops The Congressional Seminar Essay Contest •The topic for 2009 was "Over the course of history which American leader has provided the greatest visionary leadership?" Read two winning essays on:Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President James Madison. • The topic for 2010 was "Discuss a major Supreme Court decision you believe to be pivotal in our nation's history. sFor more information on the Washington Workshops, go to http://www.workshops.org.
Our second History Book Club meeting will be Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 am, hosted by Dame Kinney Moore.
We will be discussing the book Mayflower Bastard, A Stranger among Pilgrims by David Lindsay. FYI, it is available on Amazon or Kindle or at the Public Library. Please RSVP by going to: email@example.com
This gives us another avenue to enjoy fellow Dames. We hope that new Dames will find this a way to get to know us and get active. It could also be organized to bring prospective candidates to your group.
Even if you cannot participate in our formal discussion group, reading good history books can remind us of our great heritage.
MARTHA WASHINGTON, An American Life by Patricia Brady - An interesting biography done with sources around Martha such as letters and diaries of family members. Martha burned almost all of the correspondence with George.
AMERICAN JEZEBEL by Eve La Plante (Anne Hutchinson) - The story of a strong and brilliant woman exiled from the Massachusetts B ay for her religious beliefs.
FIRST FAMILY by Joseph Ellis (John & Abigail Adams) - Concentrates on the relationship between John and Abigail by award winning author.
HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION by Thomas Cahill - Tells of the fall of the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, the conversion of Ireland by Saint Patrick and the influence of the Irish Church. Very readable.
MAYFLOWER BASTARD: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims by David Lindsay This is the story of Richard More who was put on the Mayflower as a small child by the husband of his natural mother. He survived against the odds and had a somewhat picaresque career as a sea captain until his death in Salem in the 1690's as one of the last living Pilgrims.
FIVE SISTERS: The Langhornes of Virginia by James Fox - This tells of a family of beautiful sisters one of whom was the inspiration for the "Gibson Girl" and another Nancy, Lady Astor, the first female Member of Parliament and wife of Waldorf Astor.
LITTLE ICE AGE by Bruce Fagin - This discusses the effect of weather on European history from the Medieval Warm period (c. 900-1300) when the Vikings reached America through the gradual cooling temperatures which disrupted agriculture and provided challenges to the people of Europe from 1300 to the mid 1800's.