Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Vice Regent Mary Helen Jones gave a presentation for Constitution Week on Sept. 18 at Acacia Village in Utica.
Her lecture pointed out how Baron Steuben, drillmaster of the Continental Army who is buried at the Steuben Memorial State Historic Site 15 miles north of Utica, and whose statue is on the Utica Memorial Parkway at Genesee Street, was an advocate for veterans. In late 1786, many veterans were rebelling because of being taxed beyond their means. In Massachusetts the insurgent's activities became known as “Shays' Rebellion.” Captain Daniel Shays had served with distinction at the battles of Lexington, Bunker Hill, Saratoga and Stony Point. On Nov. 1, 1786 Steuben wrote a letter to the editor of the “New York Daily Advertiser” from his winter residence north of New York City pointing out the Confederation was not working; we needed a stronger federal government to protect the rights of the people who had fought so long for freedom.
Jones' lecture was followed by the screening of a DVD by the Annenburg Foundation titled “Creating the Constitution” from the Mid-York Library System.
Jones donated a copy of the local history book “Steuben, Fort Stanwix and Oriskany Battlefield Through the Years” to the Acacia Village Library on behalf of the chapter.
A regular meeting of the Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter took place at Mohawk Valley Health Care Home in Ilion on Sept. 19.
The opening DAR Ritual was followed by officer and committee reports. The chapter bylaws were amended to begin meeting on the first Wednesday. Margaret Kraeger was accepted as a transfer member and Roberta Woodard was voted an associate member. A program on NSDAR insignia and protocol was given by state Protocol Chairman Bonnie Ranieri, of the Fayettville-Owahgena Chapter. Marilyn Hughes, a 50-year member, honorary regent, and chairman of the Flag of the United States of America, bylaws and lineage research committees, was happy to have her question about wearing the original Mother-Daughter Cameo pin on the official ribbon confirmed.