DAR welcomes speaker
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcomes Speaker
photo: l-r: Barbara Marinelli, ZeeAnn Mason, Beth Anne Keates
On Saturday,October 16, 2004, during Lansdowne Chapter’smeeting, Beth Anne Keates, RegentrequestedBarbara Marinelli, Vice Regent to introduce ZeeAnn Mason, Senior Vice President, American Revolution Center.
Shown holding a print of the new center in the photo, Mrs. Mason spoke to the Lansdowne Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution about plans for the new American Revolution Center at Valley Forge – a museum currently being developed within Valley Forge National Historical Park. Architect Robert A.M. Stern designed the building thatwillhouse the largest known collection of objects and artifacts from the period of the American Revolution in an innovative, compelling manner in order to tell the story of our nation’s founding and its legacy.
Members were also informed by ZeeAnn: of the top 50 colleges in the United State, none require a course in American History; at the high school level, 6 in 10 students lack a basic knowledge of American History. Mrs. Mason commended the Daughters for their part to promote American History.
The Valley Forge Historical Society donated their collection on the American Revolution to the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge.
Valley Forge became a 3,600 acre National Park during President Gerald Ford’s administrationin 1976.
The goal of the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge is to inform, inspire and educate people about the American Revolution.