On September 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., from sea to shining sea, bells rang throughout America in celebration of the United States Constitution! Abendschone Chapter participated in ringing the bells in honor of the completion of the 4,400 word document — our U.S. Constitution. Constitution Week is recognized September 17-23. This is the 233rd year of the signing of the US Constitution.
This document was so important to the Daughters of the American Revolution that in 1955, the National Society petitioned the United States Congress to approve an official annual celebration of our Constitution. The following year, on August 2, 1956, President Eisenhower declared that every September 17th thereafter would mark the beginning of a week-long celebration of this unique and innate founding document. We should be proud of DAR’s involvement in the creation of this nationwide observance – and we should be sure to celebrate it publicly to remind all Americans of its significance.
Holly Blair, National Chair, Constitution Week Committee
Pictured (l to r): Shane Lewis (Berryville High), Madison Cannady (Eureka Springs High), Madison Smalley (Green Forest High – who was also the first prize essay winner), Dana Sue Busch (DAR).
The annual DAR Good Citizens Awards ceremony, given by the local Abendschone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), was held at the Cornerstone Bank in Eureka Springs on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Seniors from three local schools were given certificates, pins, and scholarship monies during the ceremony by Dana Sue Busch, DAR Good Citizens chairperson.
The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the following qualities: Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.), Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.), Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.), Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals).
The winners are Brian Hall of Berryville HIgh School, Makenzie Meyer of Eureka Springs high School, and Trinity McMahan of Green Forest High School. Also pictured is Dana Sue Busch, DAR Good Citizens committee chair.
On February 14, 2019, at the Community Bank in Berryville, the Abendschone Chapter, NSDAR conducted the 2018-19 award ceremony honoring local high school seniors.
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.
A special exhibit at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum opened in April of 2017 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I.
Museum volunteer and Abendschone Chapter NSDAR member, Suzanne Williams, collected items from Carroll County, Arkansas residents for the exhibit. Several NSDAR members made contributions. The exhibit included a uniform, original sheet music, photos, maps of France, a letter from General Pershing, a feed bucket for horses and mules, and mess kits. Visitors were especially interested in the trench art, made from shell casings and spent bullets. The exhibit continued until the end of 2018 and was well received.
WWI Display with Suzanne Williams & Margaret Scobee
WWI Liberty Bonds Poster
Oil painting of Crandall Walker, a Eureka Springs “Doughboy” who was killed in action in the battle of Argonne Forest in 1918 during World War I.