Historic Preservation

 

“Here is your country. 

Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” 

~

Theodore Roosevelt

26th President

1901-1909

Historically Themed Meetings
 

Many of Maple Hill Chapter's meetings are organized around historical themes

with dinners, speakers and program content of interest to members.  

Some of the themes include 9-11 Moment, Teepee to Temple: The Path of Chief Nezhodain to Priest Charles T. Wright, Pearl Harbor as I Saw the Attack, A Colonial Day and Others in the Revolutionary and Other Wars.

Our meeting schedule for 2019 through 2020 reflects more themes planned for the upcoming year.

 

Mantua Makers
 

The American Heritage Committee holds workshops in the

study of period clothing, called Mantua Makers, for all interested members.

The purpose for this group is twofold: to learn about the influence of period clothing,

and to understand the difference between a costume, a reproduction, and a restoration. 

The specific period of study is just prior, during, and just after the Revolutionary War.

Members of the committee appear in full period clothing at various events. 

 

 

 

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Education

 

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance;

and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with

the power which knowledge gives."

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty."

~

James Madison

4th President

1809-1817

 

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.

Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.

…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

~

Thomas Jefferson

3rd President

1801-1809

Constitution Week

 

The Maple Hill Chapter provides

history books, Constitution Week posters, and bookmarks to

Mountain Gap Middle School.

 

American History Essay

 

The Maple Hill Chapter manages an American History Essay Contest for the

sixth-grade class at Mountain Gap Middle School.

 
Adopt-a-Classroom at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School

 

The Maple Hill Chapter participates in the 

Adopt-a-Classroom program for the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Alabama,

by providing supplies and funds for an art class.

Individual members contribute reading time and book donations,

organize parties, and crochet hand-made caps for the kindergarten students.

The chapter provides general school supplies, gift cards and other donations on a regular basis in support of KDS.

 
Book Donations to Promote Literacy

 

Monthly book drives benefit the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School,

the Huntsville Madison County Friends of the Library, and the Floyd E. “Tut” Fann Veterans Home.

Books are also donated to students at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School

during programs on historical people or events.

 
Literacy

 

Maple Hill Chapter members spend time reading to kindergarten students at

Kate Duncan Smith DAR School throughout the school year, but especially at Christmas.

We also volunteer at Lincoln Academy library and tutor students in reading.

 

 

 

 

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Patriotism

 

"We will always remember. 

We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free."

~

Ronald Reagan

40th President

1981-1989

Adopt-a-Mile Litter Clean-up

 

The Conservation Committee manages the Adopt-a-Mile project for our chapter, and members keep our ‘mile’

(Airport Road from Memorial Parkway to Leeman Ferry, in front of the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum) litter-free.

We work with Operation Green Team in playing a vital role keeping Huntsville clean.

City-wide, Adopt-a-Mile volunteers in Huntsville donate more than 1.1 million volunteer hours,

and according to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle,

“…inspire pride in our community and... make our city a better place.”

 

Bells Across America

 

On September 17 during the annual Constitution Week,

the four Huntsville area DAR chapters (Hunt’s Spring, Huntsville, Maple Hill, and Twickenham Town)

celebrate Bells Across America.

Along with local C.A.R. and SAR chapters,

DAR members gather at the Alabama Constitution Village to ring the bells

commemorating that historic moment when George Washington and thirty-eight other delegates

signed the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

 

Constitution Week Exhibits

 

Maple Hill Chapter volunteers design Constitution Week exhibits

for both the Main Library and the Madison Public Library branch of the 

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

 

Naturalization Ceremonies


Maple Hill Chapter members participate in regional naturalization ceremonies.

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American Flag Distribution
 

The Flag of the United States of America Committee

distributes American flag sets

to new homeowners of Habitat for Humanity homes in Madison County,

and had the privilege to present a flag set to a wounded warrior through Operation Finally Home.

Flags are handed out during the Visions of Vets Patriot's Mosaic dedication

at the historic Huntsville Depot on Veterans Day.

 

American Flag for a Veteran's Grave
 

The Maple Hill Chapter maintains an American flag on

U.S. Army Captain Wade C. Ramsey’s grave at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.

Captain Ramsey was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 when his company came under fire.

 
Care Packages to Soldiers
 

The Maple Hill Chapter actively supports America’s service members and their families.

We send care packages to local National Guard units deployed overseas and the service members of chapter members. The chapter also supports the Closet at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, by 

assembling care packages comprised of

magazines, game and puzzle books, food stuff, iTunes cards, holiday cards, and personal care items.

Coupons acquired through the Military Family Coupon Project are included, as well.

 

Christmas Wreaths for Veterans’ Graves
 

Members participate in the Wreaths Across America event by

fluffing and placing Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves in 

Maple Hill Cemetery and Valhalla Memory Gardens.

 

Operation Stand Down
 

Individual members participate in Operation Stand Down by donating cold-weather clothing.

 
State Veterans Home
 

The Maple Hill Chapter is actively involved with the residents of the

Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville, Alabama.

Members organize parties with activities for the residents, magic shows, refreshments and door prizes.  

On the major holidays we give gifts of handmade crocheted items and design cards

to especially recognize their service to our country. 

These veterans' stories of service are also recorded for the 

Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

 

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DAR Good Citizens Award
 

Established in 1934,

this award recognizes senior high school students who possess the qualities of good citizenship:

dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in home, school, and community.

The Maple Hill Chapter presents the annual award to

students from New Century Technology High School and James Clemens High School.

 

DAR Youth Citizenship Medals
 

This award is presented to girls and boys in

elementary, junior high school, and senior high school

who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.

The Maple Hill Chapter's National Defense Committee awards DAR Youth Citizenship medals

to a student in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Monrovia Middle School and

to a student in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades at Bob Jones High School.

 
Junior American Citizens Contest

 

The Maple Hill Chapter manages

Junior American Citizens school contests in the following categories at Monrovia Middle School: 

banner, community service, poem, poster, short story, stamp, and photo essay.

 

ROTC Medals
 

ROTC medals may be awarded to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in

secondary school, junior college, college, or university ROTC programs of the

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Naval Sea Cadets.

A student must have demonstrated qualities of dependability and good character,

adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a

fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.

The Maple Hill Chapter awards a JROTC medal to a

junior or senior student participating in the JROTC program at

James Clemens High School and Hazel Green High School.

 

 

 

 

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BESTY ROSS 2016

January Meeting