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January 3, 2023
Commemorating Yorktown Day
DSDI members Andy Keller, Bruce Laubach, Anne Page and Thomas Page Nelson at the grave of Governor Thomas Nelson. On Oct. 19, 241 years ago, Thomas Nelson Jr., Signer of the Declaration of Independence and sitting Governor of Virginia, led…
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January 3, 2023
DSDI Donates Historical Hart Family Portrait to Hopewell Museum
The Society has donated a portrait of Major John Polhemus, the husband of Susannah Hart, daughter of Deborah and John Hart, to the Hopewell Museum in New Jersey.  The Hopewell Museum was delighted to receive this contribution to their collection…
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May 31, 2022
Reenactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” Speech
I was invited recently by St. John’s Church Foundation to attend at a private country manor the reenactment of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death speech” from the Second Virginia Convention held at St. John’s Church…
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May 29, 2022
The Harrison Family: Vincennes to the White House
By Shirley Hunter Smith, Ph.D | Second Vice President-General, DSDI The contributions and sacrifices made by the Signers of the Declaration of Independence are, of course, well-known, but less familiar are stories of descendants who carried on the founders’ legacy. …
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December 27, 2021
Thinking about DSDI’s future
What a happy celebration as we met in Princeton in October for our Fall Meeting! Thanks to hostess Nancy Wark and her husband Ray, many members with families and friends enjoyed each other. We met to eat and drink, travel…
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December 6, 2021
DSDI gathers in historic Princeton
DSDI gathers in historic Princeton As the old saying goes, “three is the charm.” After two previous plans were derailed by the pandemic, DSDI members enjoyed gathering in person Oct. 8-9, 2021 in Princeton, NJ for our fall meeting. Our…
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July 28, 2021
DSDI Donation Means Historic Locke Book Available to the Public
DSDI has made it possible for the remarkable 1720 book of writings by English philosopher John Locke to be placed on public display. DSDI provided an $1,800 donation in 2019 at the request of Independence National Historical Park. Recently, during…
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July 28, 2021
DSDI Celebrates a Return to Philadelphia for the Fourth of July
It was wonderful to greet each other in person again at the 114th Annual Congress in Philadelphia July 3-4, 2021. The Mayhew family planned and executed a remarkable weekend focusing on 10 students who represented their Signers. They traveled to…
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May 25, 2021
Moving Ahead Through Safest Choices
Hello DSDI Members! As we make plans to meet each other in Philadelphia for the Fourth of July, we realize that our Signers must have felt many of the same concerns facing a pandemic. Our Scholarship Committee drew attention to…
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April 15, 2021
DSDI Annual Congress | Philadelphia 2021
Dear DSDI Members – Please visit the DSDI Members Only Area of the website for details and registration information for the 4th of July Philadelphia event. You can also access this information on the DSDI Facebook group. Thank you.
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