Historical Preservation

Manatee Chapter honors Dr. Gail Kettlewell – Women in American History Award 2017

Margaret Smelser, Dr. Gail Kettlewell and Regent Sharon Spry

Manatee Chapter Genealogy Workshop January 28, 2017

This year Saramana SAR asked to join us for our third annual Genealogy Workshop. Finding new members is vital for both Saramana SAR and Manatee Chapter DAR.  Dick Mahaffey, Past President, Preston Adams, Treasurer and Doug Erb, Vice President joined 20 attendees for the event. Each attendee received a packet with his/her identified Patriot, worksheets, reference materials along with the presentation so they could follow along with the program. During the two breaks Manatee Chapter Officers and members interacted with the attendees addressing questions and giving encouragement. 


Presenters were (left to right) Cindy Russell, Vice Regent; Sharon Spry, Regent;

Kathy Doddridge; Registrar & Tina Roark; Recording Secretary

2017 History Essay Award Winners – Thank you Saint Joseph’s Catholic School!

 5th Grade - 2017 History Essay Contest Winner

5th Grade – 2017 History Essay Contest Winner

6th Grade inner, 2017 History Essay Contest

6th Grade Winner, 2017 History Essay Contest

7th Grade History Essay Winner - 2017

7th Grade History Essay Winner – 2017

 Woman In History Award Winners 

Cathy Slusser, Director of Historical Resources for the Clerk of the Court, Manatee County, was presented with the Women in History Award for her continuing excellence in preserving and promoting

Untitledthe vast historical resources of the county.

Overseeing the Historical Records Library, Manatee Historical Village Park, Florida Maritime Museum, The Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee Agricultural Museum is only part of her job.

She is the author of the trilogy, From a Heavenly Land, based on the Atzeroth family of Terra Ceia.

Carol Chamberlain 2011





Our chapter honored two of our own Manatee Daughters: Carolyn Chamberlain and Janet Entwistle, with the “Women in History Award.”

Our chapter supports the Manatee Historical Commission through donations for special projects, most recently the restoration of the park’s church steeple.