DAR holds hidden treasures

 Local historian Rufus Ward and Southeast Regional Director of the Archaeological Conservancy Jessica Crawford examine some of the artifacts that the DAR has had in storag
Staff Writer

The Horseshoe Robinson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution received many boxes of items that had been donated to the chapter over the course of many years.

They had been stored in the attic of the Bryan Public Library for safe keeping.

The BPL was cleaning out the attic last year and came across the property of the DAR.

"So many of the items had been donated by previous members of the DAR," Lucille South, Regent of the Horseshoe Robertson Chapter, said. "There were boxes and boxes. We took them to the First Christian Church and unpacked them."

There was vintage clothing, posters from the Gulf Ordnance Munitions Plant and Payne Field, some arrowheads and tools and many more things from West Point's history.

"We got in touch with Rufus Ward and Ben Rosencrans to look at what we have," South said. "Rufus then got in touch with Southeast Regional Director of the Archaeological Conservancy Jessica Crawford."

They were both especially interested in the Native American artifacts. There will several boxes that were full of arrowheads, banner stones and stone tools.

"Rufus brought Jessica Crawford by to view our Indian artifacts," South said."She was delighted with the variety we had, Because she wrote a thesis on beads, she was especially excited to see our special bead. She told me it is a grave item and therefore it is illegal to sell it.  She said several pieces were to be classified that way. About all we can do is loan them to a museum."

South has invited her to do a program for the DAR later this year or sometime next year.

South said she would like to have a place to put these antiquities on display. All of the items the DAR have are centered around the history of West Point and Clay County.

"We would love to be able for the school children to see what we have," South said. "It makes history come alive when you can actually see things that people used or wore many years ago. We'd love to have the opportunity to share these treasures with everyone."