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U.S.D. of 1812 dedicate bench

U.S.D. of 1812 dedicate bench

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 9:17 am

U.S.D. of 1812 dedicate bench | Tennessee Society United States Daughters of 1812

U.S.D. of 1812
The Tennessee Society United States Daughters of 1812 met recently at the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson and wife Rachel, for a long awaited Memorial Bench Dedication.
The bench was donated to the Hermitage during the 2006-2009 term of TN state president Bettie Parker Gustafson.
Attending, in addition to the 1812 ladies, included second vice president national and TN honorary state president  Aline Roberts, of Sharon; The Hermitage CEO, Howard Kittrell; Pam King, Hermitage vice president of development who helped co-ordinate the event; plus others from the Hermitage and visitors passing by.
 Kittrell introduced TN state president, Charlotte Reynolds of Crossville, who brought greetings and thanked the Hermitage. She introduced Bettie Gustafson of Rosemark, honorary state president and currently serving as curator national, who gave the history of the Daughters of 1812 long association with the Hermitage.
President national Mrs. William G. Slade visited the Hermitage on Jan. 8 1909, meeting Mary Dorris, president of the Hermitage Society Association.
Following the visit, Mrs. Thomas Buford of Nashville was appointed Organizing President of the TN Society, which was founded on May 7, 1909, with Dorris a charter member.
Doriss’ granddaughter, Dorris Douglass of Franklin is currently a member of the TN Society.
Daughters of 1812 planted trees at the Hermitage in honor of their ancestors and celebrated at the Hermitage on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1915.
In 1916, the Daughters placed the first 1812 National bronze grave marker at the tomb of Andrew Jackson and beloved wife, Rachel. The 110th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans was celebrated with a special event and they attended many others through the years.
Since these early years, it has been a tradition of the 1812 ladies to come to the Hermitage on Jan. 8 each year for a Wreath Laying at the tomb.
On June 15, 2007, the ladies gathered at the tomb to proclaim Rachel Donelson Jackson Day, on the 240th Anniversary of her birthday, as an honorary member of the TN Society, U.S.D. 1812, one of only three honorary members of the National Society.
The TN Society has 11 chapters across the state with 372 members, the third largest, behind Texas and Florida.
The Dedication of the Memorial Bench was presented by state chaplain Betty Richards of Nashville; state president Charlotte Reynolds; and curator national Bettie Gustafson. Hermitage CEO Kittrell accepted the bench for the Hermitage that is located near the house overlooking Rachel’s garden and the tomb.

WCP 10.06.11

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