Over 3,500 members from across the US and international overseas units converged on Washington, DC last week to attend the annual National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's Continental Congress. Competing for awards with over 4,000 chapters, the Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, won 39 awards from State and two National awards. Sydney Riddle, chair of the Celebrate/125 Project, received first place for the l'Hermione Project that involved the Williamsburg Chapter giving copies of the book Revolutionary Friends by Selene Castrovilla, to every public and private elementary and middle school, as well as all regional libraries in the City of Williamsburg and James City County, for a grand total of 33 books. DAR members volunteered to purchase the books and present them to the recipients before the school year ended in 2015. The final copy was delivered by the Regent of the French Overseas Unit to the Honorable Hervé Blanché, Mayor of Rochefort, France. A second place award was presented to Regent Virginia Snyder Lee for the re-enactment of the first Continental Congress held on October 11, 1890. This program was held simultaneously at Bruton Parish Church and at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City. Members dressed in period 1890 attire to portray the 4 founding members and the first President General Mrs. Benjamin Harrison of Berkeley Plantation and wife of our 23rd president.
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