On Saturday, February 22nd a meeting of the Clark County, Schuyler and Jauflione Chapters DAR was held at Luray Baptist Church in Luray, Mo.
Patsy West, State Regent, discussed the mission of the Daughters of the American Revolution to support historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The motto of the current state DAR administration is “Reach for the Stars,” and Missouri Daughters live the motto and support the mission through the work they do in their communities. For example, Missouri DAR “stars” in its support of historic preservation in our state. Today I would like to speak about the historic properties that the State Society owns or supports:
She explained to the group that Roslyn Heights, State Headquarters for Missouri DAR, in Boonville, is a Victorian mansion built in 1895. The State Society has owned Roslyn Heights for 30 years, and it is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Furnished in period pieces, Roslyn Heights is open to the public for tours.
The program also discussed Cold Water Cemetery in Florissant, Missouri, which is believed to be the oldest cemetery west of the Mississippi River in continuous operation. Founded about 1800, the cemetery contains the graves of three Revolutionary War soldiers. A public Memorial Day service is held there each year. The State Society has owned the cemetery for 50 years and it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Madonna of the Trail, a statue honoring pioneer women, is located in Lexington. The Madonna is one of 12 monuments across the United State marking the Old National Trail. The national project was initiated by a Missouri Daughter and the statues were crafted in St. Louis.
Missouri DAR has marked many historic trails, including the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, the Boonslick Trail, and several Daniel Boone trails. Last year, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the placement of the Boonslick markers in 1913.
Missouri DAR furnishes a bedroom at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. Furnishings were updated a few years ago by DAR.
The kitchen at the J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock was furnished by DAR and was the State Society’s former State Headquarters. The tavern began operating in 1834.
Missouri DAR furnishes the Missouri Room at the DAR Museum in Washington, DC. The Missouri Room, is a living room decorated in the high-Victorian style. We are currently replacing the elaborate window treatment in the Missouri Room and repairing an antique Aubusson carpet.
“Missouri Daughters ‘Reach for the Stars’ in their broad and ongoing support of historic preservation in our state and local communities, and in our room in Washington, DC,” said West.