The annual Colonial Dames XVII Century State Conference hosted by Marquette and Joliet Chapter at the Heritage Inn, Harding University, Searcy, AR. was attended by about 40 members.

State President Valerie Hartnett brought the executive board meeting to order at 9 a.m. followed by the board of management Meeting.

A memorial service was held for seven members who died during the past year.

The annual meeting followed with entertainment provided by Jean Pollard and Marjo Dill.

State Historian Cay Jones of the Mary Place Chapter — Conway’s local chapter — presented the new scrapbook, which got many accolades.

Six awards were presented to the Mary Place Chapter during the conference, as well as to other chapters.

A Past, Present and Future skit was presented by Hannah Paulson Wells representing the Future, Jo Kilduff representing the Past, and the Present was Peggy Vanderberg.

Mary Florence Taney, founder of the Arkansas Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, was portrayed by Jo Kilduff of the Mary Place Chapter.

Among the business conducted during the conference was the decision to have a 70th Birthday party for the State Society.

The original organizing meeting was held November 1947 at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. The Col. John Washington Chapter will arrange the event.

Other business was the official bestowing of the Honorary State President title on Mary Cooper Miller.

There were approvals and rejections of bylaws’ amendments, budget approval and the tabling of record archival.

The Colonial Dames XVII Century is an organization concerned with preservation of records and historic sites, education of the youth, maintaining high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism with an interest in historical colonial research.

Anyone interested in information about becoming a member may contact Cay Jones at 501-206-7133.