The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the White Hall Museum. Regent Sandra Poore called the meeting to order and led the DAR Ritual with the assistance of Chaplain Cary Swanson.
A candle lit memorial service honoring deceased member Sue Dell Black was led by Swanson.
Emily Voss and Julia Ann Beckham were introduced as new members. Poore led in the Oath of Membership and welcomed them into the chapter.
Brenda Doucey, chapter member and White Hall Museum director, welcomed members to the museum. She shared that the White Hall Museum is owned and supported by the city of White Hall. The museum opened in 1989 on property donated by the Carl and Essie Carter Family.
After several years, the museum collections outgrew the building. January 2015 was the official opening of the museum in the new building. Doucey shared the history of the collections which include military items from all wars dating back to the 1800’s as well as White Hall Fire Department equipment, White Hall School memorabilia, and an old switch board from the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
The museum is open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as for special events and local club meetings.
Poore reminded the chapter of the importance of honoring the national Constitution. She shared a proclamation signed by Mayor Shirley Washington declaring Constitution Week in Pine Bluff. The chapter joined together in reading aloud the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
Sharon Wyatt presented a program of little known facts about the Constitution. This original document is housed today in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
The meeting was closed with a benediction by Swanson. Refreshments were served and the members enjoyed viewing the displays in the museum.