DAR program focuses on dulcimer music of the Civil War era

The Fort Steuben Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met Dec. 8 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville with chapter Regent Jo Ann Morrison presiding.

Opening ceremonies were led by Pat Taliani, Karen Blanc and Bonnie Slemmer. Chaplain Diane Bowers gave the invocation, blessing and benediction.

The program was dulcimer music from the Civil War era presented by Alice Ann Whiteman, a resident of Georgetown, Pa. An ardent historian, Whiteman participates in living history programs depicting Civil War-era life at Gettysburg National Park. She sang and performed popular songs of that time.

Morrison introduced prospective member Carol Dulaney. Reports were given by Carol Skerbetz, secretary, and Beverly Livingston, treasurer.

Committee reports included:

— Skerbetz reported on the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, who labored to unite American Indian tribes into a strong confederation to protect Indian lands.

— The National Defender Minute was given by Bonnie Slemmer reporting on the Betty Martin Chapter near Fort Hood which started a project intended to recognize deceased veterans and active duty military personnel by letting their families know that America will never forget their service and sacrifices.

— Denese White reported that Cameo Society dues are due.

— Wadeanne Nardo, Service for Veterans, reported that white T-shirts continue to be collected and to save canceled stamps for the Veterans Administration hospitals. Sandy Briggs reported that the scholarship letters would be sent out at the beginning of 2013.

The chapter’s next meeting will be held at noon on Feb. 9 at Scaffidi’s. Vickie Joseph will lead the program on women’s issues. Lorna Young and Nardo will be greeters.