Our new Regent Kathleen Livingston Slater swearing in some of our 2018 membership class. Our chapter is growing! It's a great time to join the DAR!
Schoharie Chapter, NSDAR (1910 – 2020) - Celebrating 110 Years of Faith, Patriotism, Civic Duty and American Heritage. Proud caretakers of Lasell Hall.
The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education and consists of over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world. For more information on Membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution please visit the national membership page at https://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member. The content contained herein does not necessarily represent the position of the NSDAR. Hyperlinks to other sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.
The content contained herein does not necessarily represent the position of the NSDAR. Hyperlinks to other sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters. The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. LASELL HALL - Chapter House of Schoharie Chapter NSDAR (Open to the public by appointment) Lasell Hall was built as an inn in 1795 by Johannes Lawyer. The building was given to the Chapter by the heirs of Josiah Lasell in 1913. A public library was opened on January 15, 1916 through the efforts of local DAR members with Mrs. Leonard Tiffany (Florence K. Snyder) as the first librarian. The Chapter House has been maintained by hard-working, devoted members. Through a bequest of William W. Badgley, a member of the General Society Sons of the Revolution, the building was redecorated in 1969. It is a beautiful landmark in the Schoharie Valley, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Serving the community as a venue for special events and local celebrations Lasell Hall has become a well respected gathering hall for the general edification and enjoyment of the community. Lasell Hall is available for social gatherings or small parties. Please e-mail or call for more information.
Our new Regent Kathleen Livingston Slater swearing in some of our 2018 membership class. Our chapter is growing! It's a great time to join the DAR!
Thank you Chris Osinski for the original posting!
From a fixture on one of the world's shortest railroads.....to a private home.....to a shop.....to a museum show piece.....come and learn about the amazing history of the Middleburgh and Schoharie Railroad's last remaining Railcar! Built in 1891, Combine Car # 3 has survived the demise of both of the Schoharie Valley's Railroads, decades of abandonment and, of course......Hurricane Irene. Restored in 1982 by the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association, # 3 is currently undergoing a second restoration to repair the last of the flood damage. Come check out our progress! The Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday 12p, - 4pm.
Schoharie Chapter NSDAR partnered with Schoharie County American Legion and Schoharie Cub Scout Pack #4 to place over 125 flags on veteran graves at the Old Stone Fort Cemetery on March 22. The kids did a great job, and learned proper placement of the flag at a veteran grave. DAR members provided written flag protocol pamphlets for the Cub Scouts.
The Schoharie Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution hosted an ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) First Aid/CPR/AED class at Lasell Hall on May 9. The class was taught by Karen Cuccinello, certified ASHI instructor, First Aid/CPR/AED instructor and past Summit Rescue Squad EMT.
Topics covered included assessing for responsiveness, injury, control of bleeding, burns, breathing difficulty, and many other issues that may confront the lay person before EMS professionals arrive on the scene.
The 16 attendees included several teenagers and middle school youngsters. All were given the opportunity to practice clearing airway obstructions and CPR resuscitation on infants and adults.
Looking for something to do in Schoharie County this summer? Call these Historically savvy folks for a great walking tour of Cobleskill, Middleburgh, or Schoharie! http://www.turningpoint1777.com/
Some of these women are not familiar names. A quick read.
In honor of Mother’s Day here is a list of eight influential women of the Revolutionary Era. The Founding Mothers.
A special day at Lasell Hall, when the Episcopo/Acevedo extended families gathered for Easter Dinner. Janet Episcopo, (far left) mother of member Diane Acevedo, was sworn in, as was Diane's daughter, Maria Hellijas. This makes another 3-generation family group for our Chapter. Regent Tatiana Boba (far right) conducted the swearing-in.
American Conservative Veterans
In May of 1861, 9 year old John Lincoln "Johnny" Clem ran away from his home in Newark, Ohio, to join the Union Army, but found the Army was not interested in signing on a 9 year old boy when the commander of the 3rd Ohio Regiment told him he "wasn't enlisting infants," and turned him down. Clem tried the 22nd Michigan Regiment next, and its commander told him the same. Determined, Clem tagged after the regiment, acted out the role of a drummer boy, and was allowed to remain. Though still not regularly enrolled, he performed camp duties and received a soldier's pay of $13 a month, a sum collected and donated by the regiment's officers.
The next April, at Shiloh, Clem's drum was smashed by an artillery round and he became a minor news item as "Johnny Shiloh, The Smallest Drummer". A year later, at the Battle Of Chickamauga, he rode an artillery caisson to the front and wielded a musket trimmed to his size. In one of the Union retreats a Confederate officer ran after the cannon Clem rode with, and yelled, "Surrender you damned little Yankee!" Johnny shot him dead. This pluck won for Clem national attention and the name "Drummer Boy of Chickamauga."
Clem stayed with the Army through the war, served as a courier, and was wounded twice. Between Shiloh and Chickamauga he was regularly enrolled in the service, began receiving his own pay, and was soon-after promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was only 12 years old. After the Civil War he tried to enter West Point but was turned down because of his slim education. A personal appeal to President Ulysses S. Grant, his commanding general at Shiloh, won him a 2nd Lieutenant's appointment in the Regular Army on 18 December 1871, and in 1903 he attained the rank of Colonel and served as Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired from the Army as a Major General in 1916, having served an astounding 55 years.
General Clem died in San Antonio, Texas on 13 May 1937, exactly 3 months shy of his 86th birthday, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Cobleskill Captain Christian Brown and Schoharie Chapter NSDAR welcomed NYS Regent Nancy Wallace Zwetsch at a luncheon at Historic Bull's Head Inn in Cobleskill. A small but enthusiastic group attended, including new and prospective members.
SAVE THE DATE!
For an evening of Basic First Aid and CPR Instruction
When? May 9, 2019 - - 6:00-8:00 PM
Where? Lasell Hall, Schoharie
Good to know:
--cost is free, but donations are welcome
--all ages are welcome
--this is a non-certification course, but a certification card can be obtained from the instructor for $11
More information coming! Stay tuned for details!
Photos by Diane Acevedo. Our apologies for not getting snaps of the whole crew on this very productive day. Lasell is ready for 2019. Watch for Open House days.
National Women's History Alliance
Florence Ellinwood Allen, born on this day in 1884, was the first woman to serve on a state supreme court (Ohio) and one of the first two women to serve as a United States federal judge.
Come see this Egg-cellent and unique exhibit! Spend the day in Schoharie visiting, eating, and buying at the artisan show April 13 at the Old Stone Fort!
Huge thanks to our friends at raceprinting and package center in cobleskill ny - We are so grateful for the eggs-celent poster and brochure printing that you did for us! Come see us at the Schoharie Easter Egg Museum this April! Like and share for more news to come!
When federal marshals arrived to take Walker's rescinded Medal of Honor, the former prisoner of war is said to have greeted them with a shotgun.
"A 75-Ton Chain Once Stretched Across the Hudson River to Stop the British and Protect the Hudson Valley"
More than 200 years after the chain's construction, we shed light on its role in the Revolutionary War.
"On April 6, 1916, a little yellow car set out from New York City. It carried tools, spare parts, a teeny-tiny typewriter, an itsy-bitsy sewing machine, one stout leather trunk bursting with useful things, two smiling women, and a wee black kitten with a yellow ribbon tied around its neck." #WomensHistoryMonth
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
On this date in 1931, the Senate passed a bill officially adopting “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem of the United States of America.
Here, vocalists from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis United States Air Force Bands Heritage of America perform the national anthem before a Baltimore Ravens game.
Can you sing all of the verses?
Lakota Country Times
Still plenty of seats left for the 7PM seating and several for the 5PM seating. Join us!
Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society
Did you know the last survivor receiving a veteran's pension for service in the American Revolution is believed to be from Schoharie County? His name was Daniel Frederick Bakeman and, according to his pension application, he served in the Tryon County Militia from 1777 to 1781! Learn more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_F._Bakeman
"State Museum Launches New Netherland Online Educational Guide
February 10, 2019"
The New York State Museum has launched an online resource for educators about New York’s Dutch history.
"Catskill Creek by Thomas ColeThe Thomas Cole National Historic Site has announced the new exhibit “Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek” will be on view from May 4th to November 3rd, 2019."
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has announced a new exhibit, "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek" is set to run from May 4th to Nov 3rd.
Original posting from the Museum of the American Revolution website, via the Philadelphia Tribune.
The convergence of history, culture, memory and legacy was clear to the handful of people gathered in the secured basement of the Museum of the American Revolution.
Schoharie Chapter NSDAR had a successful New Member workshop last week at the Middleburgh Library. Participants learned to navigate the most frequented parts of the NYS and national DAR websites. Topics also reviewed as time allowed were protocol, insignia, Continental Congress, State Conference, and the Executive Board of Management. Discussion included local aspects of the chapter, ritual, officer preparation, and stewardship of Lasell Hall in Schoharie.
A truly fitting way to pay respect to one of the #USNavy's first ever female jet pilots.
Interesting online tour of fashions in early Victorian time. Scroll down, clink on [Timeline] and scroll down from there to see examples of dress. Interesting and brief.
It’s 1781. The Revolution is over, and we are no longer colonists! We are citizens of an independent nation. In wartime, we vowed to give up foreign imports. Now it’s peacetime, and our fervor has fizzled.
National Women's History Alliance
"When we tell our children about the fight for women's suffrage in America, we often tell a sanitized version of the story. We talk about letter-writing campaigns, activist conferences, and stirring speeches — and occasionally, we mention defiant suffragists being hauled to jail. But we often shy away from the darker truths about the sacrifices and suffering many suffragists had to endure in the fight for women's right to vote."
American Spirit Magazine
How do you relocate a circa-1835 home located on grounds maintained by the National Parks Service? This question was posed in 2012, and finally answered over the winter of 2017-2018. The Lockkeeper’s House, which is the oldest structure on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., now stands in a new position and place of prominence on the edge of Constitution Gardens.
To learn more about the history of this 700-square foot structure, you’ll need to read about it in the January/February 2019 issue of American Spirit. Not sure how to get a copy? Call 1-866-327-6242 to purchase one or consider visiting www.dar.org/subscribe to start a subscription today!
Try this at your next family gathering!
Family stories are a treasure. But when you hear the same ones over and over, they can get tarnished. Facilitator Priya Parker shares the simple trick that led to an unforgettable evening for her a…
Beautiful ... our valley is amazing
Well good things come to those who wait. Last year's photo of the American Bald Eagle in front of the flag had over 1 million shares, I wonder how many this one will get.
(Taken this morning.)
"The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process." (Click link for more information)
Start your genealogy research into the past today!!
DAR members across the country are passionate ambassadors for genealogical preservation and research, and the National Society is committed to being a premier provider of genealogical resources. The online databases are the culmination of 10 years of work by members volunteering to scan and index th...
This is an interesting- but kind of long - article from 2016. Includes photos. Who knew about people living at the library? Thanks to Francine Apollo for this link.
There are just 13 left.
What is the DAR?
"It's an incredible honor to be a member of DAR, and I'm proud of what my ancestors fought for. It's now my job to preserve that heritage!"
A 2-3 minute read, but will make you smile.
The Origin of the Baker's Dozen - A Beverwyck Christmas Fable
The first published version of this fable appeared in 1836, written by James Paulding, a close friend of Washington Irving*, in his "Book of St. Nicholas". Paulding was born in Nine Partners (Pine Plains) in Duchess County and it is quite likely this fable had been passed on through oral tradition.
In Paulding's story the baker lives in New Amsterdam - but over the years a number of versions surfaced, most based in Beverwyck (the name for Albany in the mid part of the 1600s).
This version appeared in the "Times Union" in 1940, written by Edgar Van Olinda, who wrote the paper's old Albany history columns in the mid-20th century.
In 1655 on Christmas Eve, so the rumor has it, the phrase, “Baker’s Dozen” made its first appearance in the vocabulary of Beverwyck among the tradesmen.
There was a Beverwyck baker who kept a little shop just off Jonker St. (State St.) .The baker’s name was Volkert Jan Pietersen Van Amsterdam, called for brevity Baas.
The gentleman in question had established quite a reputation for New Year’s cookies, which he sold up and down the Hudson River in settlements that could boast one Dutch family. Now Baas had been working hard all day and no one could begrudge him a little nip of rum to speed up production. And next week started a New Year and he probably has made some good resolutions. We mention this little deviation from the straight line not in the spirt of criticism, but to prove he was wide awake and that the following curious incident really happened.
As business dwindled down almost to the vanishing point and he was about to close up his shop, there was a knock on the door, and going to see what was abroad at that unseemly time of night, he beheld an ugly old woman who demanded a dozen New Year’s cookies; specifying each must be in the effigy of good St. Nicholas. Carefully counting out 12 of the delicacies and placing them in a bag, he was astounded when she demanded an extra one.
“I want a dozen,” was her insistent demand. Baas was just as insistent as she.
“I gave you a dozen” said Bass. “I counted them very carefully – 12 of my finest cookies.”
“One more cookie”, said the old woman “One more than 12 makes a dozen.”
The argument threatened to go on until daybreak, with neither party to the purchase willing to give ground. Finally his temper riled beyond the point of any verbal settlement on the question he grabbed her by the shoulders (however, not before he had received copper coins in payment) and pushed her out into the night.
“You can go to the devil for another cookie”, he shouted.
“You won’t get another” and shut the door in her face.
When he related the story to his wife, the kindly spirit suggested that as it was on the eve of Christmas, he might have made an exception, but by then it was too late to relent. The old woman had vanished into the night.
From that time on the business began to fall off and sundry mysterious things began to happen to his products. The dough raised to the ceiling and then fell flat as a pancake. Even the baker’s wife became afflicted with deafness. On three subsequent occasions the old woman appeared at the shop and demanded her 13th cookie.
Three times she was refused, and in desperation he exclaimed,
“Holy St. Nicholas, what shall I do?”
At that instant the venerable St. Nicholas entered the shop and asked what is was that perplexed old man and complimenting him the excellence of his likeness in the cakes he said:
“The trouble with you is that you have not absorbed the Christmas spirit. Favor the old woman. Give her what she demands and your troubles will vanish into thin air.”
And so saying he disappeared in a cloud of smoke.
At that instant there appeared the old lady, again demanding her extra cookie, and Baas was all thumbs getting the extra cookie into her bag, which he handed her and added a cheery “Merry Christmas”.
“The spell is broken,” said the witch, for that is what she was. “Now swear to me on St. Nicholas that here in Beverwyck and all the Van Rensselaer Patroonship, 13 will make a baker’s dozen.
Baas took the oath, and that is why today in every good bakery, the baker hands you an extra sample of her wares – or does she?
*Paulding and Irving were founding members of The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, established to commemorate the history and heritage of New York. Notably, the first meeting was a dinner held in 1835, the year before Paulding published this story. To the members of the Society, New York’s Dutch heritage was in danger of being lost and one of their goals was its preservation.
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