DAR Celebrates American History

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Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Webster Parish Library on September 14th for their annual Constitution Week program. Cindy Madden, Constitution Week Chair, set up a display in the library foyer with handouts for patrons. At the chapter meeting she presented a portion of a movie called A Perfect Union, which showed why and how the U.S. Constitution was written and adopted. She encouraged all members to participate in Bells Across America by ringing a bell on September 17 at 3:00 in honor of the adoption of the Constitution on September 17, 1778. Kathy Johnson, Donna Sutton, and Libbey Watkins served as hostesses.

On October 12, Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter met at the Webster Parish Library for the annual American Indians Program. This year’s speaker was Donna Sutton. She gave a PowerPoint presentation about the Paleolithic, Neolithic, and Archaic people of Louisiana. Over 700 Indian mounds have been documented just in Louisiana, and several are in our local area. Most were used for ceremonies and hunting camps, and a few were used for burials. Archaeologists have also found remains of prehistoric animals in Louisiana, including a hipparion (an ancient horse) in West Feliciana Parish, and a mastodon in New Iberia Parish. She showed the guests some artifacts from her collection, including a set of grinding stones, a stone hammer, and a collection of arrowheads. Hostesses for this month’s meeting were Ashln Benamati and Cindy Madden.

Any woman age 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution (1775-1783) is eligible to join DAR. Please like our Facebook page: Daughters of the American Revolution – Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter.

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