The Pemaquid Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 85th anniversary Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Head Time home where the chapter was founded Nov. 26, 1932.
The home was the birthplace of the poet Edwin Arlington Robinson, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and four-time nominee for the Nobel Prize.
In 1932, chapter organizer Jessie E. Clarke opened the home for the first meeting and the ceremony declaring the Pemaquid Chapter a part of the national society. Eighty-five years later, David and Gail Buczkowski, who purchased the home three years ago, welcomed the Pemaquid Chapter for its anniversary celebration.
According to Gail Buczkowski, chapter members approached her regarding their upcoming anniversary and asked if they could hold the celebration on the lawn.
Though Gail Buczkowski was neither a member of the chapter nor eligible to become a member, she said, “No way will you use the lawn for the celebration. You will come into the house to celebrate your anniversary.”
An article in The Lincoln County News reported the organization of the Pemaquid Chapter in November 1932. A copy of the article was displayed at the celebration along with other historical documents.
There were 22 members at the first meeting. According to the article, State Regent Mrs. Florence Danforth administered the oath of office to the new chapter’s officers: Mrs. Theodore L. Clarke, Head Tide, regent; Mrs. William B. Campbell, Boothbay Harbor, first vice regent; Mrs. Lydia Morse, Waldoboro, second vice regent; Mrs. Amy Colebrook Jewett, Head Tide, recording secretary; Mrs. Henry W. Clifford, Damariscotta, treasurer; Mrs. Grace Tibbetts Carlisle, Boothbay Harbor, chaplain; Miss Mary Kenniston, Boothbay Harbor, registrar; and Mrs. D. Paul Burleigh Conklin, Boothbay, historian. The directors were Miss Ellen M. Moore, Boothbay Harbor, chairman; Mrs. Inez Ayer, Head Tide; Miss Marjorie Higley, Boothbay; Mrs. Bert Steer, Round Pond; Mrs. Georgia Wing, Sheepscot; and Mrs. Florence Shuman, Waldoboro.
In celebration of the chapter’s 85 years, the current members and associate members re-enacted the first meeting. They dressed in the fashions of 1932, wearing hats and gloves for an afternoon tea in the same room where the chapter began.
State Regent Elizabeth Hutchinson was welcomed to the event by Pemaquid Chapter Regent Audrey Miller, of Boothbay.
According to the Daughters of the American Revolution website, the society promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism.