All Saints Church Torresdale Hosts Historic Graveyard Tour for Flag House D.A.R.
The members of FLAG HOUSE CHAPTER, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), were the guests of the History Committee of ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH TORRESDALE on a bright and balmy Saturday afternoon, April 16th, for a history tour of the church and its graveyard.
Flag House Chapter Regent Pamela Rivera was joined by officers, members and prospective members, including Christie Link, Patricia Coyne, Kathleen Zielinski, Colleen Kolakowski, Joyce Mosley, Wendy Lenhart, Erin Rodgers Schmidt, Peg Dungan Barr and Sonia Abrams Bostic.
After Regent Rivera opened the Flag House meeting with the DAR Patriotic Ritual and reading of the NSDAR President General and National Defense reports, All Saints Episcopal Church Torresdale History Chairman Debbie Klak introduced her committee members: Carol Rifkin, Suzanne Scourfield, Sandy Pytlewski, and Hilda Vertlieb.
The group learned of the church’s history, pre-dating the American Revolution, and viewed some of its architectural features in an entertaining and enlightening program presented by Ms Klak and her committee. Then it was out to the graveyard – where enchanting stories of many souls and their final resting places were related. Highlights included graves of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War soldiers.
Finally, invigorated by the trek through the mid-18th century portion of the church’s expansive graveyard, all shared in a bountiful buffet of savory and sweet luncheon treats – and continued to share stories of their own Revolutionary War ancestors.
If you believe you might be descended from a Revolutionary War patriot, feel free to contact Flag House Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the opportunities available.
The Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a genealogy workshop at the Historical Society of Frankford on April 9th with a full house of participants. It was presented by Deborah Hershey, a certified genealogist and a member of the Harrisburg Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
This was an excellent presentation for the new genealogist which went into great detail on the documentation and process of how to really find out who you are. With all of the electronic sources now available online, it is very easy to get lost in misinformation.
Also on the agenda was Sylvia Wilkins who gave a first hand account about her search for her ancestors and the pitfalls that you may encounter in the beginning. You can read all about it at this PBS link.
This was well worth the price of admission and should become a popular annual event at the HSF.