The SAR Magazine

Spring 2018

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SPRING 2018 33 One such cemetery is at The Old Stone Church in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. A mile from the New York border, this historical Dutch Reformed Colonial church dates back to 1784 and is the resting place of numerous Revolutionary War veterans. Every Memorial Day weekend, fresh, new American flags can be seen accenting these resting places, thanks to Kenneth and his 7-year-old grandson, Lennon DeForrest Conklin. One of the graves is of a direct ancestor, David Erickson (1738-1811), 2nd Regiment, Orange County, New York Militia. It is a tradition they both look forward to and enjoy. Syracuse Chapter On Jan. 20, the Syracuse Chapter presented the Silver Good Citizenship Award to Compatriot William G. Pomeroy, the founder and former owner of CXtec and TERACAI, two technology companies in Syracuse, New York, employing nearly 300 people. After receiving a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in 2004 and receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant, Pomeroy established The William G. Pomeroy Foundation to help diversify the Be the Match marrow registry, enabling more people to find a matching donor and receive a transplant. Registering more than 25,000 potential donors, 67 donor- patient matches have been found from marrow drives. The foundation also has made significant naming gifts to the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing, Patient Patio, and the expansion and renovation of Crouse's emergency department, tripling its size. Additionally, the foundation established an endowed fund for AML research at Dana- Farber Institute in Boston. The foundation also offers historic signage grant programs. Focused on historic roadside markers, national historic landmarks, legends and lore, more than 625 signs have been placed to date. As an avid genealogist, Pomeroy created the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association (APHGA) to promote interest in and the study of American history through genealogical research. The Pomeroy Anvil Trail, a project of the APHGA, celebrates the American spirit through the progress and movement of one family. Twelve monuments have been erected in New York, Ohio, Massachusetts and Maine, and the trail is always expanding! Pomeroy serves on several boards, including the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. For more information on The William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the APHGA, visit and www. . NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY Halifax Resolves Chapter Tar River Academy in Rocky Mount, North Carolina recently asked Compatriot Ken Wilson to present two programs for its students. The Battle of Kings Mountain was presented to the high school social studies classes of Ms. Charman Pearson, and the middle school classes of Ms. Jacquetta Harrison attended a presentation about U.S. flag history, etiquette and folding. Harrison also received various SAR CDs and DVDs to use as teaching aids. In total, approximately 40 students attended the two presentations. PPP The sixth- and eighth-grade classes of Halifax Academy in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina recently invited Ken Wilson of the Halifax Resolves Chapter to present a program about the Battle of Kings Mountain that took place on Oct. 7, 1780. Wilson, dressed in the attire of a Patriot militia member, told the students about the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself and the significance of this first Patriot victory since February 1776 in the Southern Campaign. Lower Cape Fear Chapter Thomas Jefferson, our country's third president, visited Charlotte to host a community dinner on Feb. 15, as part of the Mecklenburg Chapter's annual Presidents Day Community Dinner and educational outreach series. "The honor of having President Jefferson host a dinner for 256 guests and hear his stories and accounts of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, serving as a founding member of the first Continental Congress, and serving as the governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War is truly an incredible opportunity," said Tom Phlegar, program chairman, Mecklenburg Chapter. "President Jefferson's interaction with the audience and his amazing ability to recount his role in numerous historical events from a first- person point of view delighted and entertained everybody in attendance, which included SAR and DAR members." Professional historical actor, producer and director Bill Barker portrayed Jefferson. "Bill Barker portrays Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the White House, the Palace of Versailles and even in the Broadway musical 1776," said Phlegar, "giving him the opportunity to share his deep love and respect of Colonial history and the appreciation he has for the accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson." The chapter may host Founding Father Patrick Henry in February 2019. "We are also thinking of ways to involve our Americanism Poster Contest with schools winning a visit to their classroom by one of these historical figures," Phlegar said. "We then have an opportunity to garner more interest in another of our chapter goals of introducing more school children to historical figures from the Revolutionary War." OHIO SOCIETY On Feb. 10-11, Ohio SAR Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash and daughter Lisa L. Rose of the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution Elizabeth Sherman Reese Chapter traveled to Wilkes County, Georgia to attend the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek. The three- day commemorative event was sponsored by the Georgia SAR. Kenneth Conklin with his grandson, Lennon. From left, Mecklenburg Chapter members Greg Catledge, Ray Maxson and Jim Tatum posed with Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker, right) at the evening event.

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