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May 21, 2015

Welcome to the Birmingham Territory Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, a group of patriotic, caring women dedicated to activities that promote our country’s history and heritage.

A nonpartisan group of women who have traced their lineage to patriots serving in the Revolutionary War, members support the three objects of the National Society DAR: historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor.

The more than 90 chapter members include juniors (ages 18 to 35), mothers and daughters, and sisters and friends who span the generations. The group meets for lunch on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May for project updates and interesting programs featuring history, education, conservation, national defense and women’s issues.

We welcome new members and provide help to prospects interested in tracing their descents from patriots of the American Revolution. Please click on this link for more information or to visit a meeting. 

Master Gardener and Husband of Daughter of the American Revolution (HODAR) Paul Saeger will present our February program on the rose garden at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA.  Paul is the husband of longtime member, Lanell.

The NSDAR donated the rose garden in 1971 and placed markers to commemorate the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. In all, there are over 250 roses from 96 varieties.   This will be an informative and entertaining meeting, and our last before State Conference in March. 
Blush Rose at Independence Hall
Don't forget our first meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, January 12th! Our speaker will be Jim Baggett, Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Library and Archivist for the City of Birmingham. Mr. Baggett will give a talk on a Birmingham favorite, Miss Fancy.  Miss Fancy was the elephant at the Avondale Park Zoo in the early part of last centrury. Many today may recognize Miss Fancy as the logo of a popular local micro-brewery. 

If you are not a member, but are interested in attending a meeting, please email our Birmingham Territory Membership Chair.   


To celebrate the month of Alabama's statehood (December), members of the Birmingham Territory Chapter and guests enjoyed a lovely presentation on Alabama artist, Clara Weaver Parrish (1861-1925). The program was presented by local photographer, Jean Dent. Mrs. Dent photographed stained glass windows that were commissioned by churches in Mrs. Parrish's native Selma. Mrs. Parrish was a designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany, and a talented painter, printmaker and illustrator as well.  Mrs. Dent's photographs were gorgeous and showcased the talents of both women! 

Clara Weaver Parrish stained glass window in St. Paul's Episcopal,Selma, Alabama

Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 10th, for a program on, "The Role of a Military Historian," presented by Sterling DeRamus, Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve, and attorney-at-law.  Mr. DeRamus served as the Command Historian for the U.S. Military Forces in Afghanistan from May 2010 - July 2011.  

Lunch reservations are due by this Thursday, November 5th.  If you are not a member, but are interested in learning more, please email our Birmingham Territory Membership Chair.   

What a great program we had with Cheryl Dawley, Director of Archaeology at Red Mountain Park! Ms. Dawley is head of Red Mountain Park's Oral History Project. She presented recordings of interviews with some of the men who worked in the iron ore mines during the first half of the 20th century. The recordings also included interviews with miners' wives and daughters. It was fascinating to hear the stories about their lives in and around Red Mountain. Ms. Dawley also brought several artifacts for us to see, including the last piece of iron ore that was brought out of mine No. 7 in 1962!        


Join us on October 13th to hear Cheryl Dawley, who is the Director of Archaeology at Red Mountain Park.  She will speak about the park's oral history project. The oral history project was created to honor Birmingham's iron and steel workers by collecting their stories.  We hope to see you there!  


Please make plans to attend our first meeting on September 8.  Our speaker will be Michael Stewart, Director of Heritage Funeral Home in Tuscaloosa. Mr. Stewart is a very entertaining speaker. His topic will be, "Funeral Customs of the Past."  An email for lunch reservations will be sent soon. 

If you are interested in visiting our chapter, please email our membership chair at    

Birmingham Territory will greatly miss longtime member, Mrs. Ann Carlton. The following is information excerpted from her obituary published on on May 21, 2015:

Ann Farrar Sherrod Carlton, age 96, died May 20, 2015, after a brief illness. Ann was reared in the Bibb County mining town of Piper by her parents, Benjamin and Florida Sherrod. Prior to World War II, Ann moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the War Department and married Clayton Charles ("Ole") Carlton from St. Paul, MN, in 1941. During their time in Washington, their daughter, the late Barbara Carlton Taylor, was born. 

Ann was an active and enthusiastic member of the Birmingham Territory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the George Maris Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Alabama Charter Chapter of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812, and the Southern Cross Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  

She is survived by her sister Ruth McCoy, son Eric Carlton (Cheree), grandson Tim Carlton (Lydia), granddaughter Pamela Culp (Nathan), and great grandson Chance Carlton.                 

Della Fancher, visionary of the Alabama Veteran’s Memorial Park, was our January speaker.  The Alabama Veterans Memorial Park is a 21 acre park in Birmingham, Alabama established to honor the more than 400,000 Alabama Veterans who served in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. In recognition an appreciation of her work the DAR will present Ms. Fancher with the DAR Distinguished Citizen Award at the Alabama State Society Conference in March. The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal is presented to an individual who fulfills the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. Ms. Fancher (left) is pictured here with Patrice Donnelly, Chapter Regent, 2013-2015.