TSSDAC Rededicates Historical Marker at Reelfoot Lake

Marker originally dedicated in 1985 by State Regent Mrs. Charles W. Miles III

May 27, 2017

The Tennessee State Society, Col. Gideon Macon Chapter and several local individuals and groups came together to rededicate a TSSDAC marker originally placed in 1985 to tell the story of the New Madrid Earthquake of 1811-1812 and the formation of Reelfoot Lake, which touches Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky. After nearly being stolen by vandels, local residents Ed Mayberry and David M. Laut secured the original marker and worked with local organizations to have it restored and placed at Spicer Park, an active part of Reelfoot Lake in Samburg. Some 75 people attended the re-dedication on Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. The event included Mrs. Charles W. Miles III, Honorary National Vice President and Honorary State Regent. Mrs. Miles had the marker placed as part of her State Regent Project during her term from 1982 to 1985. For more information on the marker inscription, please look in the Tennessee Marker section of the state website, tssdac.org.

TSSDAC Recognizes JROTC Cadet at Alvin C. York Institute

State Society annually recognizes a JROTC Cadet

May 2, 2017

The Tennessee State Society annually recognizes an oustanding JROTC Cadet at the Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown. This year, Cadet Blakely Kilby was recognized with a Certificate of Award recognizing him for "Outstanding ability and achievement" along with an NSDAC Medal and Cash Award. The certificate was presented as part of the ROTC Awards Ceremony held May2 at the Institute.

TSSDAC Recognized at NSDAC General Assembly

State Society and Chapters Receive Awards

April 12, 2017

The Tennessee State Society and Tennessee Chapters were recognized during the 2017 General Assembly of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists held April 9-12 in Old Alexandria, Virginia. The Tennessee State Society was recognized for Outstanding Public Relations Report and Outstanding Historic Landmarks WEb Page on the TSSDAC website. The State Society received 2nd Place for Best State Historian's Book and 3rd Place for Best State Society Website. Jamestown Chapter received 3rd Place for Best Chapter Historian Book. Col. Gideon Macon Chapter received 2nd Place for Best Chapter Website.

MTSU Center for Historic Preservation Receives Award

Recognized for its Commitment to Historic Preservation

March 2, 2017

Antoinette G. van Zelm, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, was the luncheon speaker at the TSSDAC State Assembly luncheon on March 2 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She spoke on the various projects the Center has been involved in and was joined by Jenny Andrews, a graduate student working on the Moore Farm project. At the end of her talk, Historic Landmarks and Memorials State Chairman Bettie Gustafson presented van Zelm with a Certificate honoring the Center’s work and its commitment to historic preservation.

NSDAC National President to attend 2017 State Assembly

Phyllis Best Jones will speak at Candlelight Supper

January 15, 2017

NSDAC National President Phyllis Best Jones will be a guest at the Tennessee State Society State Assembly March 2, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Murfreesboro. The state society will celebrate 85 years and was established on March 8, 1932. National President Jones will speaker at the Candlelight Supper that evening.

The National President serves a three-year term with an identified project during her term. National President Jones' project is the funding of a Spy Adventure “app” for Smartphones to be used by visitors at Mt. Vernon historical site. Targeted to guests 11-15 years, the adventure involves finding objects, characters and locations that will trigger responses, clues and challenges on the user’s Smartphone. The activity will educate users about Washington’s role in espionage during the Revolution, while allowing them to interact with the estate (Mt. Vernon) like never before.

Plans Made to Rededicate DAC Historic Marker at Reelfoot Lake

Original Marker Being Restored

December 1, 2016

A failed attempt by vandals to steal a DAC marker originally dedicated in 1985 has prompted several local community groups to band together to have the marker restored and placed at a new location at Reelfoot Lake.

The marker will be rededicated May 27, 2017, at Spicer Park in Samburg, Tennessee, on the banks of Reelfoot Lake and next to the Boat House Restaurant. Contributors to the restoration fund for the marker are The Spicer Family, Ed and Betty Mayberry, David M. Laut, Sharon Shaw Cunningham, Samburg Tourism and the Col. Gideon Macon Chapter of NSDAC.

The marker tells the story of the New Madrid Earthquake and aftershocks that took place between December 16, 1811, and March 8, 1812. In March 1985, a Tennessee State Society DAC marker was placed and dedicated at Reelfoot Lake. This was the last of three markers by (then) State Regent Mary Whayne Miles during her term (1982‐1985). Over the years, the area where the marker was placed, Air Park Complex, had become more isolated.

The marker is in the process of being restored and cleaned. The rededication will take place over the Memorial Day Weekend, which is an active weekend for the area.

Tennessee State Society Recognizes ROTC Student at Alvin C. York Institute

Certificate, Medal and Award Presented

April 28, 2016

Jillian Wheeler was the recipient of an NSDAC Medal, Certificate and $50 Cash Award sponsored by the Tennessee State Society NSDAC. The ROTC Awards ceremony was held April 28 at the Alvin C. York Campus in Jamestown.

The Tennessee State Society annually sponsors a cadet who demonstrates a commitment to leadership and community service. The state's eight DAC Chapter similarly recognize ROTC and JROTC students in their chapter's community.

Tennessee State Society Receives Awards at 2016 General Assembly

First Place in Best State Web Site

April 15, 2016

At the General Assembly of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, The Tennessee State Society was recognized with 1st place for best state website and 2nd place for best state history book. Col. Gideon Macon Chapter received 1st place awards for chapter web site and chapter history book.

The NSDAC General Assembly was held April 3-6, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Attending from the Tennessee State Society was Linda L. Mansur, State Regent; Linda D. Dean, National Vice President Blue Ridge Section; and June Dorman, National Bylaws Chairman and Tennessee Honorary State Regent.”

Wounded Warriors Spokesperson to Speak at 2016 State Assembly

TSSDAC State Assemby to be held March 3 in Murfreesboro

January 1, 2016

Sal Gonzales, spokesperson for Wounded Warrior Project (WPP), will speaker at the March 3, 2016, Candlelight Supper in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as part of the 84th State Assembly of the Tennessee State Society, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.

Based in Nashville, Sal became involved in WWP after being injured in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2004. “I was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) and was in a coma for about a week,” says Sal. “I woke up at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Months later, my left leg was amputated below the knee.”

Sal was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and Purple Heart for wounds he received in battle. He continues to serve his fellow warriors by sharing his story and introducing them to WPP.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001, and their families. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

National Society to Support Mt. Vernon Interactive Program

April 10, 2015

National President Phyllis Jones has chosen as her 2015-2018 national project the funding of a Spy Adventure “App” for Smartphones to be used by visitors at Mount Vernon historical site. Targeted to ages 11-15 years, the adventure will involve finding objects, characters, and locations that will trigger responses, clues, and challenges on the user’s Smartphone. The activity will educate users about Washington’s role in espionage during the Revolution, while allowing them to interact with the estate (Mount Vernon) like never before.

The Mount Vernon App is designed to be a rich and useful resource to all visitors who increasingly want information and services at their fingertips. Designed for both iPhones and Android-powered smartphones, the Mount Vernon App allows one to access an array of interesting tours, onboard maps, information on hundreds of points of interest, fun onboard challenges, a plant finder, and more. The free app can be downloaded straight onto your own device or you can rent a pre-loaded smartphone at the estate.

For more information about the Mt. Vernon Agent 711: Revolutionary Spy Adventure, click on this link.

Mrs. T. Richard Dean elected National Vice President

April 8, 2015

Linda D. Dean (Mrs. T. Richard) has been elected National Vice President, Blue Ridge Section, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (NSDAC) for 2015-2018. Mrs. Dean previously served on the NSDAC Board as National Historian (2012-2015) and National Recording Secretary (2009-2012). She is a Honorary State Regent of the Tennessee State Society.

Mrs. Dean and her husband live in Springfield, Tennessee. She is a member of the Clay Lick Chapter, Tennesse State Society, NSDAC.

Tennessee State Officers Elected for 2015-2018

Officers Elected at 2015 State Assembly in Chattanooga

March 5, 2015

The Tennessee State Society, National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists, elected officers for 2015-2018 at its 83rd State Assembly held March 4 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The following slate of officers were elected by State Assembly delegates: Linda L. Mansur, Nashville, State Regent; Cindy Waters, Mt. Juliet, First Vice Regent; Kathryn Ward, Bartlett, Second Vice Regent; Shirley Hall, Greenback, Chaplain; Marily Burchett, Old Hickory, Recording Secretary; Bettie Gustafson, Rosemark, Corresponding Secretary; Laura Bales, Chattanooga, Registrar; Faye Henson, Lawrenceburg, Historian; and Olivia Chandler, Germantown, Librarian. Phyllis Carter, Chattanooga, was appointed Treasurer Pro Tem.