Category Archives: Spirit of ’76

Message from the President-General | DSDI Can Make a Difference

Dear DSDI Members, What a change this year in Philadelphia as we celebrated together! Last year only one DSDI member was allowed to tap our Liberty Bell on July 4. This year, there were public lines waiting to get into … Continue reading

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Genealogy Records Return to the Colonies

For most of this century the DSDI Registrar-General’s records resided on the West Coast.  When Jim Alexander turned over the Registrar responsibilities to Wendy Davis-Bushey this summer, the records joined a multi-generational road trip from Jim’s home in Portland, Oregon, … Continue reading

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In This Together: Exploring the world with DSDI

Using masks make me nervous. With them I can’t see others’ faces and often can’t hear what they are saying. I see folks hiding behind their masks, ignoring others in what used to be our shared spaces. I miss reading … Continue reading

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President-General message

My fellow descendants: I hope everyone is well and doing their best to stay healthy. A year ago, I don’t think any of us thought that we would be living through the COVID-19 pandemic. This has changed our daily lives … Continue reading

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From the President-General

The Atlanta meeting went very well in October. I think that all who attended had a good time. Our day began with wonderful tour of the Atlanta Historical Society and a great tour of the Cyclorama, which has been beautifully … Continue reading

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President-General’s Message

Everything is going well with the Society. I’m happy to say we welcomed in 13 new senior members since our last meeting, five of which were advancements from junior member. We also welcomed seven new junior members. It is always nice to bring in new members. It shows that the … Continue reading

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President-General Message

The spring meeting of the society was a huge success! I would like to thank our Vice President-General, Lucy Tonacci, for pulling together such a good meeting, and kudos for the program that was put together at Stratford Hall. There … Continue reading

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DSDI represented at Jefferson’s birthday ceremony

On a picturesque April 13 overlooking the Tidal Basin draped in lovely blooming cherry blossoms, the 275thanniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson was celebrated with the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial. The ceremony was conducted by … Continue reading

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President-General’s Message

Dear Descendants, As we ended the year, the Society received a request for a donation to Christ Church in Philadelphia to restore Benjamin Franklin’s grave. This is the historic church where George Washington and some of your ancestors worshipped. The … Continue reading

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President-General’s Message

Dear Society Members, This Society is entrusted with keeping the memory of our ancestors alive and remembering their sacrifices.  As we met in Delaware, I couldn’t help but reflect on those three Signers, Thomas McKean, George Read and Caesar Rodney. … Continue reading

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