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
At the June 14, 2019 Flag Day ceremony at the local Holiday Island Elks Lodge, members of the Abendschone Chapter, NSDAR participated, in costume, as flag bearers. Pictured in front of the flag display, representing several historic American flags ranging from pre-Revolution to the current 50 star version, are those members attending the ceremony.
Abendschone Chapter, NSDAR celebrated the 67th birthday of their chapter on December 13, 2018. The featured program was given by chapter member Donna Wenger to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the women’s right to vote. She portrayed suffrage activist Alice Paul, who led the national effort to secure the vote for women.
Pictured are Chapter Regent Margaret Scobee, Donna Wenger (in costume), and Luci Lund (niece of recently deceased member Stella Bucknam).
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.