Daughter of the American  Revolution presents in Chariton

Jackie Beard (right) stands next to her Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) display at the Chariton Public Library. (Sharon Wilhite photo)

If one feels the need for a little patriotic boost, then look no further than the Chariton Library. There the display case holds a bit of American history as Jackie Beard displays and promotes items relating to the American Revolution and to the organization known as The Daughters of the American Revolution or the D.A.R.

What is the D.A.R., and how did Beard get involved in it? According to their official brochure, the D.A.R. is made up of a membership of “diverse women whose common bond is their lineal descent from Patriots of the American Revolution.

These women care about fostering good citizenship, want to honor their ancestors, are devoted to educating our youth, and want to preserve our past for future generations. They enjoy learning about American history, researching genealogy, coordinating local community service projects, sharing in family DAR traditions, and participating in commemorative events.” Once a member of the D.A.R., there are a lot of areas one can become involved in just like in 4-H. One can choose their area of interest such as literacy, veterans, historic preservation, etc.

Beard, who has lived in Lucas County (near Humeston) since 1996, caught the “genealogy bug” from her grandmother. Her grandmother began her ancestral research as a fun hobby in the 1960’s and ‘70s and then passed her hobby on to Jackie when she was just a 14-year-old girl. As a teenager, she was fortunate to have many living relatives from whom to ask questions about her ancestors. Beard also took research trips with her grandmother. However, it was only after her grandmother had passed away that they found papers documenting that she had been a member of the D.A.R.

Read the March 17, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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