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Daughters of the American Revolution

Making a difference

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of the DAR

Photo of Castle Rock DAR members Debbie Mulvey, Kim Gower, Christy Brown, Jane Talus (prospective), Monica Flinner-Ross, Janice Baker and Kathy Erdman.

The Castle Rock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a strong representation in the 80108 community and is growing. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background whose lineal descent traces back to a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. Pictured above left to right are members Debbie Mulvey, Kim Gower, Christy Brown, Jane Talus (prospective), Monica Flinner-Ross, Janice Baker and Kathy Erdman.

The Castle Rock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is furthering its mission to, among other things, promote patriotism and preserve American history. At its membership meeting last month, the organization welcomed The Castle Pines Connection for a presentation and to recognize the paper’s efforts toward the preservation and publishing of the history of Douglas County.

“We want to recognize their [The Connection] important contribution, since without it, so many folks would not know the stories of how our area developed over the years,” stated DAR First Vice Regent Debbie Mulvey. “And with this program today, we’ve now learned the stories of some pretty great women who contributed to our local economy, conservation and society.”

Photo of Joe Gschwendtner and Terri Wiebold being honored by the DAR

The Castle Pines Connection Writer Joe Gschwendtner (left) and Publisher Terri Wiebold received the “Excellence in Media Local History” award from the Castle Rock Chapter of the DAR.

Photo of Joe Gschwendtner historian

Writer Joe Gschwendtner gave a captivating presentation about the women pioneers of these Wildcat Mountains, highlighting six extraordinary women and their historical contributions to the area. Alongside Castle Pines Connection Publisher Terri Wiebold, Gschwendtner was honored for his involvement in the Wildcat Lore segment of the The Connection newspaper (see previous page).

“Joe’s fervor for history and his colorful storytelling has brought a new dimension to the history of this area,” said Wiebold. “Joe and his Wildcat Lore segment have quite the following.”

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