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Jamestown DAR Chapter Celebrates 120 years

Standing, from left, are Gretta Beck Cole, Patrice Powley Birner and Connie Pilato. Submitted Photo

The Jamestown Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated its 120th anniversary, postponed from September 2020, at the chapter house on Prospect Street.

Creative skits and messages were presented by members to illustrate important and memorable events of each decade. Chapter Regent Connie Pilato opened the event with a welcome to all for attending, and led the opening ritual.

Special guests included State Regent Patrice Powley Birner, District VIII Director Joan Sinclair and Gretta Beck Archer Cole, Past Vice President General and Honorary State Regent. Members of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter, and Catherine Schuyler Chapter also joined in the celebration.

Birner presented a slide show of the progress her administration has made in placing markers at places General Lafayette visited in New York on his final tour of the new republic in 1824-25.

The National Society DAR is a service organization founded in 1890. The Jamestown Chapter was founded 10 years later by Organizing Regent Stella Florine Broadhead and 31 other charter members. One of the founders of the national organization was Mary Smith Lockwood, who was born and raised in locally Smith Mills.

Members and guests had lunch catered by Elegant Edibles.

Any woman 18 years and older who can prove lineage to a patriot who aided in the American Revolution is eligible for membership. For more information on becoming a member, call 716-595-3593.

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