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Genealogy gains popularity amongst local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Do you know your family history?  The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution knew theirs, long before genealogy became popular.

Boca’s Estahakee chapter members and guests attended a holiday high tea Dec. 2 at the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. There were punch bowls, mimosas, and elaborate finger food. But this wasn’t just a ‘ladies who lunch’ gathering.

The tradition was one way for women to donate whatever soldiers needed during the American Revolution. Even socks.  “Patriots’ wives passed around a silver bowl to donate to the soldiers, even their jewelry,” explained Pamela Farthing Stern, event co-chair, and a past regent.

Every member knew her family story. Historical society director Mary Csar said she has colonial lineage on both sides. Her father’s family came from England in 1642. A grave rubbing gave Stern the right credentials.

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Co-chairs of the high tea for the Estahakee chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were Kirsten Stephenson, left, and Pamela Farthing Stern.

Genealogy is so important to member Betty Schulz, she passed her family heritage along to her daughter Katy Peterson and grandkids Kyle, 11, and Kacie, 15. “We have three generations here,” she said proudly. All in costume, too.

Taking pride in family histories is catching. So the Boca chapter is finding younger women and children are delving into their genealogy to join.  “We get to honor our past,” Stern said.

Kirsten Stephenson was the tea co-chair. Regent Sylvia Oliver greeted guests. Dr. Maria Provost played the flute for atmosphere.

By Marci Shatzman

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