NH Club News: Molly Stark DAR members attend Christmas luncheon

December 21. 2017 10:51PM
Shannon Croteau, left, regent of the Molly Stark Chapter, presents the Rev. Deborah Knowlton with the DAR Women in American History Award. With them is Wendy Stanley Jones, New Hampshire State DAR regent. 

Members of the Molly Stark Chapter of DAR created Christmas ball wreaths to donate to the Manchester VA Medical Center. From left, front row, are Shannon Croteau, Barbara Yakkey, Wendy Stanley Jones and Trish Jackson; second row, MaryJane Walsh, Marcia Walsh, Linda Wood, Samantha Croteau, Oral Foster, Linda Pitre, Deb Fox and Judy Rumack; and back row, Rebecca Paquette, Nancy Legro, Abigail Ladd, Sandra Baines, Kathy Cliver, Melissa Callender, Robina Parise and Karen O’Shaughnessy. (courtesy photos)

MANCHESTER — The Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution hosted its Christmas awards luncheon and business meeting this month at Fratello’s Italian Grille.

The New Hampshire State DAR regent, Wendy Stanley Jones, attended and spoke about the 2016-2019 State DAR Project “Investing in Independence,” which is raising money for educational scholarships.

Chapter Regent Shannon Croteau presented the DAR Women in American History Award to the Rev. Deborah Knowlton, an author who also serves Congregational Church of Hampton. Women chosen for this award have made a contribution or a difference in their local communities. The club says the award honors women who are, or have been, intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific or cultural innovators.

Knowlton also was the keynote speaker. She discussed her research for the book “Color Me Included,” which was the result of her three-year historical and spiritual search, as she transcribed clergy records from the First Congregational Church archives. In these handwritten, primary sources, she discovered details of the lives of African-Americans in documents spanning 156 years by 12 ministers. Knowlton notates names and partial histories of more than 27 African-American men, women and children from 10 towns in southeastern New Hampshire.

Also during the meeting, members created Christmas ball wreaths, which were delivered to the Manchester VA Medical Center. Manufacturer coupons also were collected for the Military Family Coupon Program.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove a lineal connection to a patriot who served in the cause of the American Revolution. For more information, contact chapter registrar Julie Morrow at julielynnford@yahoo.com.

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