RANCHO SANTA FE – Dressed in a Colonial frock and cap, California D.A.R. member Francie Spears described herself as a “loose woman” as she began her talk on “The Wives of the Founding Fathers” during the De Anza D.A.R.’s history talk at the Morgan Run Resort and Spa.
To be a “loose woman” originally referred to a woman not wearing a corset or “stays,” Spears said. Apart from speaking about “loose women,” Spears also talked about the personal relationships between several key American figures and their wives such as George and Martha Washington, Ben and Debbie Franklin and others.
The De Anza Chapter also honored deceased Daughters Leslie Larrabee and Helen Gillette Chapin who passed away last June.
The De Anza members will be participating in Flag Day on the USS Midway. The public is encouraged to attend; admission is free to those wearing red, white and blue. The De Anza members will also ride in the Fourth of July Rancho Santa Fe parade. In August, De Anza’s registrar and active lineage committee will hold a genealogy workshop, which will help prospective members with their membership applications. Any woman 18-years or older is eligible for membership. The applicant must prove direct lineage from a patriot who gave service during the American Revolution. For more information: (858) 344-6233 or deanzadar.org.
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