DSDI convenes at Mount Vernon

A fifer led us down the hill at Mount Vernon to George Washington’s Tomb, where we sang the National Anthem and paid our respects to our nation’s first President and First Lady. It was a moving experience, part of a beautiful weekend in historic Virginia.

More than 115 DSDI members and family attended the Spring Meeting April 10-12. On Friday afternoon, the Board of Governors held a business session, followed by cocktails and dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Old Town, Alexandria. After dinner, Lisa Moore, who for 17 years was a Vice Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, delivered a moving description of Martha Washington’s life, including details of her life at Mount Vernon and as the First Lady. Lisa is a DSDI member and we were so fortunate to have her historical knowledge and observations.

Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. At the forefront of the field, the association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country. It is directed by a Board of Regents, composed of women representing nearly 30 states.

We toured the grounds, overlooking the Potomac, and walked through the house, outbuildings and museum. Afterward, we convened for the General Meeting, led by President-General Lawrence Croft.

In the evening we enjoyed a gala dinner at the hotel, with our guest speaker Nan Marshall of Savannah, who co-authored with her daughter Helen Broder the book What Would George Do? Advice from Our Founding Father. On Sunday morning, many participants attended Communion at Historic Christ Church Episcopal in Alexandria.

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