MERIDIAN — Members of Pushmataha Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, participated in a Historical Preservation Show-and-Tell at the chapter's first meeting of the new year.
Each member brought either a collectible or historical item and told its significance. Items shared by members included:
• Sue Thompson – a pin and a china plate hand painted by her mother, and a beautiful evening bag that belonged to her aunt.
• Mary Billups – a pocket watch that belonged to her ancestor Nathan Carswell. She received the watch on her 21st birthday.
• Gage Black – pictures of her ancestors, one wearing the same slide necklace she wore that day. Black also shared several items made of coin silver, some monogrammed with the initials of her ancestors.
• Gail Tyner – dance cards that belonged to her father and a picture of her mother in her wedding dress.
• Nell McMullen – a picture of her mother's wedding and two lace scarves and a bonnet that belonged to her ancestors.
• Gail Gilmore – two christening gowns she'd had hand sewn from her ancestors' petticoats. Her grandchildren and great-grandchild wore the gowns at their christenings.
• Zexa Aman – her collection of Choctaw Indian baskets, Mud People and an old sewing cabinet used on several plantations.
• Mahala Roberts – an ancestor's walking cane passed down from several generations. Each recipient had their initials on the cane. Also, an ancestor's baby shoe and a pipe.
• Louise Williamson – a copy of her great-grandfather's diary/journal of the Carroll County Rifle Company's "March to Gettysburg."
• Kay Wolfe – a picture of a table passed down through the generations.
• Julie Porter – a piece of McCarty Pottery she received on her 18th birthday.
The noon meeting was held Jan. 16, 2014, at Northwood Country Club. Regent Julia Porter called the meeting to order and led members in the DAR Ritual, Pledge of Allegiance and Salute to the Mississippi Flag, and the American's Creed.
Wolfe read the National Defense Report, which detailed former president Ronald Reagan's views on freedom. Billups read the American Indian Minute.
Porter welcomed the club's newest member, Laurel Van Zandt, granddaughter of Nell McMullen.
Sunshine reports were presented for Kay Bailey, Glaniece Roberts, Shirley Stoddard and the Opal Mitchell Family. Everyone was asked to remember them in their prayers.
During the business session, Angela Howington read the minutes; they were accepted. Thompson read the treasurer's report; it was filed as read.
Porter reminded the group that the MSSDAR State Conference will be held in Jackson Feb. 13-15. Wolfe will represent Pushmataha Chapter at the conference.
Alman proposed Billie Dendy as a new member. Dendy will be voted on at the chapter's next meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 13.
Hostesses for the meeting were Louise Williamson, LouAnn Lamar, Lisa Holland, Mahala Roberts, Gage Black and Elizabeth McLendon.