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Bette Holdos, Grace Loeffler-Guldin, Joanne Brentari, Jackie Novicki, Pastor Robert Stevens (Zion Church of Allentown, Speaker),
Shirley Blynn, Betsy Burnhauser, Barbara Esler and Janice Speer
Front Row Left to Right:
Shirley Seibert, Marian Hagopian, Betty Silfies, Janice Stephens and Carol Stefanik.
Northern Valley Gazette|
November 1, 2012
Organization of the Liberty Bell Chapter of DAR took place on October 11, 1892 at the home of Miss Minnie Mickley. There were 15 members. The chapter name was suggested by Ellen Wallworth, one of the founders of the National Society.
By 1902, chapter members were busy locating and marking the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots buried in local cemeteries. Records show a total of 368 graves were identified and marked.
In 1928, chapter members compiled a Cemetery Index. This project included the history of 9 local cemeteries and listed all known soldiers and patriots buried at these sites. The original book was donated to the National Society in 1928.
Over the years, Chapter Anniversary Luncheons have been held for the 25th, 50th, 100th, 110th, 115th and the 120th on October 20, 2012.
The Liberty Bell Chapter of DAR celebrated its 120th Anniversary with a lunch buffet. Members were honored with a presentation by Charles Dent and Julie Harhart. Pastor Robert Stephens of Zion Reform UCC Church, Allentown gave the program.
Over the years DAR Awards have been presented to local persons demonstrating outstanding qualities in Community Service and Education. Service to Veteran Patients has, and continues to be, a project of special interest to chapter members. Each year donations of money, Christmas Gifts, magazines and other items are collected for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton VA Hospital and the local outpatient clinic. Phone cards and other needed items for hospitalized service people in Germany are also collected and mailed as directed.
Liberty Bell Chapter continues to serve, meet and support the objectives of the National Society – God, Home and County.
Currently, DAR has 3000 chapters and nearly 168,000 members with the purpose of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Since its founding, DAR has had over 800,000 members around the world.
Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal bloodline descendant from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence is eligible to join. For more information go to www.dar.org.