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Hiles speaks at DAR on voting

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Waylene Hiles

The Bowling Green Chapter DAR held their monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green with 18 members and two guests attending.

The ladies began the meeting honoring the country by saying the Pledge of Allegiance, American’s Creed, the Preamble to the Constitution and by singing the National Anthem.

Jane Quade mentioned that they received the Level 1 Chapter Achievement Award at the District Meeting.

The guest speaker for the day was Waylene Hiles,  an employee at the Secretary of State’s office.  She discussed how voters can go through their website: to check their voter information.  This site allows people to find their polling place, what will actually be on their ballot, and see the latest election results.

Another topic Hiles spoke about was the Missouri State Archives website:  This site is full of interesting information. It can be used as a free genealogical tool.  It has land records dating back to the 1770’s, birth and death records dating back to the 1890’s, land grants dating back before Missouri became a state, and much more.

On this site, people can also find out about upcoming speaker presentations through the Friends of the Missouri State Archives located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City.

The Haunted Boonslick: Ghosts, Ghouls and Monsters of Missouri’s Heartland will be Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

On Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. they will present “The People of the River’s Mouth:  In Search of the Missouri Indians dating back to 1673.”

These are free presentations but if someone is unable to attend they can view these and older presentations on the archives’ website.

Hiles encouraged all of the DAR ladies to look at the home page for Secretary of State:  to view all other topics like the Wolfner Library for the Visually impaired,  lesson plans and historical presentations for kids,  how to sign up to be an election worker and many more.

In other news, the DAR ladies are busy with the preparation for the grave marking of William McQuie, a Revolutionary War Ancestor who is buried in the Bowling Green City Cemetery.  The Bowling Green DAR will hold the ceremony on Saturday Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. The community is invited to help honor McQuie and mark his grave.

In celebration of  Constitution week the DAR ladies went to several schools, the library, had a proclamation signed by the Mayor of Bowling Green, and handed out information in celebration of the Constitution.

They finished their meeting with tea.