James Harlan Chapter of the DAR shared family heirlooms during their February meeting

The James Harlan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Veterans? Hall in Mt. Pleasant. There were 19 members present despite the icy weather. Hostesses Dianna Klaus, Jane Neil and Mary Savage provided a wonderful assortment of refreshments.

Regent Barbara Welander conducted a brief meeting after opening rituals. It was announced that Burlington will be the site of Southeast Iowa District Day on Oct. 10. It was also agreed to donate funds to the newly organized Iowa chapters of Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.).

Great Iowa Daughters? Heirloom Project was the program for the day. Several members brought a special family treasure they had acquired and shared its history. Maria Whetsler gave everyone a postcard of DAR?s Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C. Each postcard was stamped ?First Day Issue? with a postmark of Oct. 11, 1990, the Centennial of DAR?s founding.

Other DAR members in attendance were Wilma Lewis Whitham, Waunita Gibbons, Pat White, Carol Messer, Helen See, Registrar Carol Klopfenstein, Treasurer Kayleigh Septer, Janet Mills, Chaplain JoAnn Stout, Becky Wright, Pat Brown, Laura Beattie, Judy Rawson and Margaret Carlson.

The next meeting will be March 24, at the Mt. Pleasant Veterans? Hall. Charles Larimer will talk about his book, ?Love and Valor-Intimate Civil War Letters Between Capt. Jacob and Emeline Ritner.? Published in 2000, the book chronicles the lives of two prominent Henry County families and their friends during the Civil War. Members are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

Members of DAR descend from a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. The objectives of DAR are historical preservation and the promotion of education and patriotic endeavors. For information on joining DAR, contact Carol Klopfenstein at 319-257-6987.