The members of the Marys Place Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century held their November meeting and luncheon at the home of Jo Kilduff in Conway on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Following the business meeting  they discussed plans for the hosting of the State Conference at Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain in February 2014. After the luncheon the group heard from chapter Historian Shirley Ann Barham. She presented a program for Veterans Week regarding her great-uncle Claude A. Phillips, who served in World War I in France with the Ambulance Company. He was wounded in France. She shared with the members the help and education he received from the Veterans Bureau in 1919. He completed his courses in Dental Mechanics in 1923. An occupation he continued for the rest of his working life.

The Colonial Dames XVII Century is an organization of women who honor their ancestors who contributed the building of the colonies during the 1600s. "The Object of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII shall be to: aid in the preservation of the records and of the historic sites of our country; to foster interest in historical colonial research; to aid in the education of the youth of our country; to maintain zealously those high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism which led to the independence of the Colonies and the foundation of the United States of America; to maintain a Literary of Heraldry and preserve the lineage and Coats of Arms of our Armorial Ancestors; and to develop a library specializing in the 17th century American colonial data."