|Tulip Grove holds September meeting |
| wcp 10-09-07 |
The Tulip Grove Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 recently held their September meeting at the Jackson Country Club. President Mrs. Bob East presided.
Chaplain Joy Bland gave the invocation. The patriotic exercises were said in unison. Julia Mestemacher read the Purposes of the National Society.
Flag Chairman Donna Cooley gave the flag fact: The flag should not be used in a receiving line for a reception.
The national defense message was “Who to Vote For.” One should follow all candidates’ views and see who stands up for what is the correct thing to do for our nation.
Mrs. East welcomed Tennessee State President Bettie Gustafson, who talked about Rachel Jackson Day. She also said that the Tennessee State Council would be March 5 in Jackson at the Old English Inn. Tulip Grove Chapter is responsible for the evening banquet.
Julia Mestemacher is making the chapter banner for the 1812 state 100th birthday in 2009. It is to have a house similar to Tulip Grove at the Hermitage and tulips in the fields.
An invitation was read on the historical marking of the Upper Green River Baptist Church on Sept. 9 in Waynesboro.
Member Joann Birmingham gave the program about St. Michael’s Church, Dartmoor, Devonshire, England. She went there this summer while doing family research.
The United States Daughters of 1812 unveiled the memorial stained glass window there on June 1,1910, in the church. On May 30, 1928, the society dedicated the Memorial Gateway to the American Cemetery, Princetown, Dartmoor, England.
In May 1987 the society daughters made a trip to England for the rededication of the stained glass window at Saint Michael’s Church, Princetown, which was placed in 1910. Also, a memorial service was held at Dartmoor Prison where more than 6,000 American prisoners were imprisoned from 1812 to 1815. At one time there were more than 7,900 prisons there. A rededication of the Door of Unity at Saint Andrews Church, Plymouth, which the National Society USD of 1812 had restored in 1930, also took place. There is an American flag and English flag inside the church building. Some 1,500 men are buried in a field. 271 are identified by name and date. In 1865 someone dug up bones and reburied them because they were French and American men.
In 1994 the area was closed to the public and put up for sale but later purchased by a church conservation fund. In 2003 a granite monument with names was placed at the Door of Unity.
This spring the church was reopened after all these years and a park museum/visitor center has been built for the public.
Mrs. Birmingham said, “I wish you could see the lovely stain glass in the church which our membership certificate is like unto it.”
Aline Roberts gave the financial report. Darlene Gingerich read the minutes, which were approved.
Mrs. East said that at the November meeting we would discuss plans for state council and bring items for the Veterans Home in Humboldt.
Mrs. Bland gave the benediction and blessing. A tasty lunch was enjoyed by all present.