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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Colonial Dames hold conference

  • Mary Place Chapter of Conway hosted the Colonial Dames XVII Century State Conference at Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain on Saturday February 22. The
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  • Mary Place Chapter of Conway hosted the Colonial Dames XVII Century State Conference at Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain on Saturday February 22.   The conference chairs were Cay Jones, President Mary Place Chapter;  Shirley Ann Barham, State Historian and Jo Kilduff,  Honorary State President.
     
    Attending were the State President Mary Cooper Miller; members from the John Eliot Chapter, Col. John Washington Chapter, Marquette and Joliet Chapter and Quachita Valley Chapters.
     
    Mary Place Chapter has the honor of having eight members from one family consisting of four generations.  
     
    Mary Place Chapter received the following recognition awards: Outstanding Contribution to the MacArthur Military Museum; Outstanding Contribution to the AR History Commission; Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of this Society through Veterans Services;  Second Place in recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of this Society in Public Relations; and Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of this Society through Insignia Purchases.
     
    The guest speaker was Mark Christ, the Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas heritage.  He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Mr. Christ program was the “Overview of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Arkansas”.
     
    Members of Colonial Dames XVII Century have proven their ancestry to someone living in the colonies by 1701.  Their service has also been verified.  The focus of this organization includes preserving records of heritage, asking and preservation of historic sites, supporting Veteran's programs and scholarships for students
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