Letter to the Editor:

Making Changes, Keeping Traditions

As the Regent of the Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) I am thrilled to announce that the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will be receiving a $10,000 special grant from National Headquarters, NSDAR. This grant will help fund the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for construction of a re-created quarters for enslaved people as part of the Revolution-era farm living-history area.

The significance of this grant is two-fold. First and foremost is that an important story about the lives of enslaved Africans during the Revolutionary era will be interpreted with historical accuracy and sensitivity. The DAR shares with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation a mission of preserving history and promoting education and a commitment to bringing history to life for our nationa's citizens and students. Portraying factual history is the only way for everyone to learn "what was" and "what can be".

Secondly, I am proud to say that today's DAR is not your "grandma's" DAR.
NSDAR has come a long way over the years to become one of the premier women's organizations working tirelessly to promote Home, God, Country, Education, Patriotism, and History. Chapter members donate over one million volunteer hours to communities nationwide. This is an organization that has changed its policies to stay current with the times without compromising their traditions and without prejudice of race, religion or nationality.

Congratulations to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and volunteers for keeping history alive and relevant without compromising historical accuracy or traditions. I hope everyone from Virginia, and beyond, will visit and explore the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Virginia Snyder Lee
Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR
City of Williamsburg

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