Lawrence updates DAR chapter on DPA

Lawrence updates DAR chapter on DPA

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:02 pm

The Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its November meeting at the Smoke House Restaurant in Fulton. The back room was reserved for the occasion.
Margaret Adams served as program leader and Lora James served as hostess. In keeping with the Native American theme for November, the table was covered with gold, green and muted red tablecloths. The large center piece was of yellow, gold, green, burnt orange and orange silk leaves. Sunflowers, corn husks, fall flowers and apples were also used. In the center of the arrangement was a large copper and glass globe that held a large beige candle. On either side were Native American figurines and Pilgrims.
Special guests, in addition to guest speaker Bill Lawrence, were registrar Penny Hepler of the Reelfoot Chapter DAR and Vietnam veterans Glen Snow, Joe Clark and Pat James.
Regent Sallie Ferguson of the Jacob Flournoy chapter called the meeting to order. The singing of the national anthem was led by Ramona Moon. The Pledge of Allegiance and “American Creed” was led by Ms. Adams. The Native American report was given as well as the National Defense report.
The meeting was then turned over to Ms. Adams. As program leader, she introduced Lawrence.
Lawrence, a graduate of Murray State University in Kentucky, was one of the first to take part in the 1984 dig in Wickliffe, Ky. During this time, he also studied the Adams Native American mounds.
He spoke on plans for Discovery Park of America in Union City and the progress being made. He stated the park had started out as a dream of Robert Kirkland and they had talked about it for around 10  years.
The property is 50 acres. It will not be a typical museum, though it will house a variety of museum pieces. It will not be a typical park, but will have things pertaining to one. It will be a blend of both, with water features and gardens. It will consist of several themes that will include Native American, military, regional, alternative energy, as well as others. There will also be traveling displays. A tower is being planned that will be seen from the new I-69.
Since little is being taught about Native Americans in schools, this will be an outstanding place to learn, with plans for over 1,000 Native American artifacts on display or being rotated. A set of footprints, representing Native Americans will lead from how Native Americans came to America and learned to live off the land, through their history leading up to the people from across the ocean. Also, the Native Americans will be able to give their side in interviews and videos. A hologram of a statue, made of sandstone, will serve as a story teller.
This is not all that was included, but it sure let the group see what an interesting and educational feature that it will be, not only to Union City, but the entire area.
A short business meeting followed the presentation by Lawrence.
After the meeting, a delicious meal  was enjoyed by members and guests.
The next meeting will be Dec. 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Royce Oliver. Hostess, in addition to Mrs. Oliver, will be Mrs. James and Peggy Lohaus. Alice Voegeli will serve as program leader.

Published in The Messenger 11.30.11

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