Saturday, July 8, 2017

July Field Trip: Old Courthouse

Members and prospective member at Old Courthouse
We went to the old courthouse in St Louis which is the first federal building west of the Mississippi River. We learned about Lewis and Clark, Native Americans and how they lived, and about the Dred Scott Case.

Lewis and Clark Expedition
We learned that Lewis and Clark bought everything in Illinois and followed the Missouri River. They picked up a Native American guide by the name of Sacagawea in Sioux nations. We learned that the Native Americans hunted Bison (Buffalo) for food, clothing, and sport.

Members participated in a mock trial.
Lastly, we learned about the Dred Scott Case through a mock trial. We got to play the parts of the different people in the trial. Dred Scott was an African American slave who wanted freedom. He went to court because he went into a couple of states where slavery was illegal. He thought he should have been freed because he was in those states. At trial, Dred Scott was declared free, but it was brought further and further up to the point where it reached the Supreme Court. They declared that Dred Scott was a still slave. Finally, he was freed by his first owner, who who bought him for a dollar and then freed him.

There was 5 members, 5 seniors, and 1 perspective member present.

Written by: Marcus, Age 13

Friday, June 16, 2017

Great Plains Regional Meeting

Several members and Seniors at Great Plains Regional Meeting
Members learned about the 2017-18 National Project, Browsing History, at the Great Plains Regional Meeting in St. Louis, MO. The regional meeting rotates between the 8 states in the region, and this year it was in our hometown! Alexander McNair members and seniors helped with various chairmanships. They were also able to participate as pages and flag bearers.

Pee Wee members recite the C.A.R
 motto: "For God and my country."
Regional meetings are run by the Region's Vice President. He or she selects members from the region to help lead the ritual during the meeting. Several of our members were able to help with the rituals.

Pee Wee member during a breakout session.
The National President has an opportunity to share information about his or her national program through skits and breakout sessions. Members are encouraged to meet new friends from other states during the breakout sessions.

Member receiving a pin from the National President

The regional meeting ends with a banquet on the second night. State Presidents share a report regarding their state projects. It is exciting to hear what the different states are doing. Also, members can receive pins at any N.S.C.A.R. meeting (regional or national convention). Several of our members and seniors received pins this year.

The Grand March
After the banquet is over, there is a Grand March! The children march in and have a dance for the rest of the evening.

There were 6 members, 1 prospective, and 7 seniors in attendance at the meeting.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June Field Trip: Scott Air Show

Several members and a senior at Scott Air Show

Members were able to see various military planes performing at the Scott Air Show. They were able to watch the Tora, Tora, Tora! show together, which recreates the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

There were 5 current members in attendance, plus two prospective members. There were also 4 seniors and 1 adult guest. Members were excited to meet our newest prospective member, who was less than a month old (not pictured due to young age).

Monday, May 29, 2017

May Field Trip 2: Memorial Day Service

Members place roses at the graves of DAR members.
Members participated in an annual Memorial Day Service for the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution. Alexander McNair Society members joined other local C.A.R. societies in placing roses at the graves of DAR members. The Missouri State Society C.A.R. also placed a wreath.

Members also learned about the history of Memorial Day from the keynote speaker at the event.

Four members and four seniors were in attendance at the event.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Field Trip 1: Battle of Fort San Carlos Commemoration

Members lead the Pledge of Allegiance
Alexander McNair members helped
lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Alexander McNair Society joined other local C.A.R. societies to participate in this commemorative event. There were 4 members and 4 seniors in attendance from the Alexander McNair Society.

While there, they learned about the history of the battle and about the renovations at the Arch. Afterwards, members explored the Children's Treehouse exhibit to learn more about St. Louis and Missouri history. 

The Society President summarized the battle:
"The Americans fought even though they were out-manned. They kept on fighting no matter what. To help them win the battle, they built a giant tower to have a better vantage point and also a better area for the cannons. They also dug a trench around a wall around the city so they could fire at the British without worrying as much about being hit."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April Field Trip: Earth Day Festival

Members braved the cooler, windy weather to meet at Forest Park for the Earth Day Festival. There were 6 members and 2 prospective members in attendance. There were also 5 seniors and 1 adult guest. Members were encouraged to check out our new website (which has been approved by national and is now linked from the national page!) to see all the awards that we received at State Conference. Prospective members were introduced and there was a brief description of how to complete the application process. Future meetings were discussed: there are two commemorative events coming up in May, and a field trip for June. Members were encouraged to check out the Youth area at the Earth Day festival. Other members had fun climbing the rock wall!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Veteran's Day Program

Members attended the Veteran's Day Program at Jefferson Barracks.

Older members helped to pass out programs to attendees. They participated in a wreath-laying and helped pass out special gifts to Veterans in attendance. They also helped with refreshments after the program.

After the services, the Senior Society President explained to younger members about service dogs. They learned about different types of service animals and how to act around them. They also discussed how service animals help veterans. Members were able to color pictures that had more information for them to talk about at home with their families.