Only four presidents have visited Indian Reservations including Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

The John James Audubon Chapter DAR met at the Bluebonnet Library on Nov. 18, 2019.

In a presentation called "Indians in the White House," chapter member Yvonne Lewis Day told of the many connections of Native Americans with Presidents and First Ladies all the way back to John Quincey Adams and the Treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812.

Only four presidents have visited Indian Reservations including Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

The program included many accomplishments of several first ladies including Mary Todd Lincoln, Mary Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rebecca Harriet Lane Buchanan, niece of James Buchanan.

The presentation included how Woodrow Wilson's wife Mary renamed 82 captured German vessels using Indian Names. The program concluded with the revealing of a handmade "First Ladies" quilt made by Mrs. Day. It was displayed in the meeting room.

Vice Regent Sallie McKann displayed the chapter weaving project that will be entered in the National American Heritage Contest.

Over a dozen chapter members worked on the weaving featuring colors used in the fight for Women's Right to Vote. Project Patriot Chairman Julie Noland thanked everyone who came out to help pack 447 Christmas stockings that will be shipped overseas to active duty military.

Plans were finalized for the upcoming Wreaths Across America Statehouse ceremony on Dec. 9 and the Christmas Party that will be held at the Raven's Outreach Center on Dec. 16. The chapter heard plans for a field trip to the World War II museum in January and a field trip to the Iberville Parish Museum.

Hostesses for the meeting were Denise Lindsly, Emily Wilbert, Stella Tanoos and Claire Yeargain.

Membership in the DAR is open to women of no less than eighteen years of age who can prove lineal, bloodline decent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death.

John James Audubon Chapter is a vibrant community-oriented chapter that highlights the original goals of the organization. If you are interested in finding out more about the Daughters of the American Revolution or are interested in joining our chapter, please contact mdtyler@cox.net.

Contributed by John James Audubon Chapter DAR