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Local DAR chapter celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 30, 2010

For the Daily News

The Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held its 100th anniversary tea recently.
The centennial celebration was held in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. Chapter members welcomed a number of DAR guests from other chapters as well as Mississippi State Society Regent Janet Looney Whittington of Bentonia and National Vice President General Polly Hunter Grimes of Aberdeen. Chapter Regent Maxine Hamilton recognized chapter member Elizabeth Gwin, who has been a DAR member for more than 83 years. She also recognized two past chapter regents, Mary Elizabeth Thompson and Hellen Polk.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization founded in 1890 by four women who were interested in American history and proud of their lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. Women had been denied admittance in the Sons of the American Revolution, but they were equally interested in their heritage. After several informal meetings held in Washington during July and August of 1890, the initial society was founded on the same principles that we use today. Their vision and leadership has inspired more than 850,000 women to follow in their footsteps to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The NSDAR motto is “God, Home, and Country.”
The Hic-a-Sha-Ba-Ha chapter was organized on October 8, 1910 by a group of patriotic Starkville women. Evie Nash Hand was the first chapter regent. The other charter members were Maria Louise Ames, Carrie Bardwell, Stella Bardwell, Rosa Eiland, Lucene Carolina Haynes Ford, Lucene Ford Herbert, Daisy Oella Hogan, Louise Muldrow Hutchinson, Lula Muldrow Montgomery, Maggie Ingram Noel, Charlie Harrison Reynolds, Donie Lucile Sanders, Grosie Ames Saunders, Virginia Saunders Scales, Lillie Scales Slaughter, and Elizabeth Hardin Yeager.
The name Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha was taken from the presence of a spring in Starkville near the site of the present First United Methodist Church. The Choctaw Indians called the spring Hicashabaha, which, according to local tradition, means “sweet gum leaves on the water.” This fitting name was given by the Indians because there was a beautiful grove of sweet gum trees below the spring where they came to drink and to make their baskets.
Chapter members participate in genealogical research, American history education, patriotic events, and historic preservation as well as community service and current women’s issues. For information on becoming a member of DAR, contact Regent Maxine Hamilton at 324-0149.

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