DAR program pays tribute to memory of the revolution

May 19, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The American Revolution created a nation that changed the world.

Imperial Valley residents who are direct descendants of those who fought in the revolution are proud of that background.

The Imperial Valley chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is dedicated to keeping the memory of those who fought in the revolution alive and is doing so with several projects.

The Valley chapter was founded in 1996. Recently the Imperial County Historical Society asked DAR to present a program of music from 1776.

DAR members researched and put together a performance in which music and important women of the revolution will be highlighted.

Betsy Ross and Molly Pitcher are among the women who will be portrayed. The performance will include the love story between John and Abigail Adams, who will be portrayed by Bob and Karla Horne of El Centro. They will sing a love song and tell of their love story.


Another story will involve the story of Deborah Jannette, who fought in the Revolutionary War dressed as a man. Her true identity wasn't discovered until after the war.

DAR members will sing songs from 1776, accompanied by the W.F. Holt pipe organ, which was recently restored and will be played by Bill Thornburg of Holtville.

"We have worked all year with each of the several ladies in the chapter, designing and making clothing of the colonial period and at each meeting," said Anne Horne, president of the local DAR chapter and an El Centro resident.

"Music from 1776 is very difficult to find," said Horne.

"It's a major project for us because we're a brand new chapter. To do a presentation of this size has been a challenge but we've had fun getting it ready."

The performance will start at 7 p.m. Friday during the Imperial County Historical Society meeting at the Pioneers' Museum, Highway 111 and Aten Road near Imperial.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for $6 but reservations must be made by calling 352-3211 before Thursday.

Another DAR project will include the opening of a DAR Revolutionary War display in the veterans gallery inside the Pioneers' Museum.

"We have recently been granted some space in the gallery at the museum by the Imperial Valley Veterans Council," said Horne.

The first display will be on women in the American Revolution and will open in September.

The display will be changed twice a year. The second display will feature African-Americans who fought in the revolution.

A third project will include the dedication of a bronze DAR marker in honor of soldiers who were a part of the 13 original colonies. The marker will be placed in the center of veterans memorial plaza at the Pioneers Museum.

The dedication will be Feb. 18, which is President's Day.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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