The Tiadaghton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held their spring dinner meeting on April 22 at the First United Methodist Church in Muncy. This was the third dinner meeting of the 2012-13 year with 43 members and guests attending.
Chapter President Tom Gouldy reported on the passing of long time Chapter member Rev. D. Gene Patterson. Gouldy and Chapter Secretary Paul Metzger paid tribute to Patterson through a short biography of his life and work in the SAR organization.
Patterson was president of the General James Potter Chapter in Coudersport, he served as president of the local Tiadaghton Chapter, president, genealogist and registrar of the PA State Society, chaplain general of the National Society and on several related committees. He was personally responsible for managing the SAR membership approval process (from application through approval) for more than 160 individuals. He also was personally responsible for managing the membership approval process for several applicants with the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was interred alongside several of his early family members at the Daniels Cemetery in Ulysses on April 27.
Gouldy also reported on the Monument Project that is targeted for the White Deer Valley to honor the 25-plus Revolutionary Soldiers buried in that area. The School of Construction and Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a model diorama and computer aided design illustrations of the winning design by students Brandon Bless and Mike Engel.
The diorama was shown to all members at the dinner meeting. This and the drawings will be shown to local and state government representatives to secure permission to construct the monument on the proposed site near the entrance of the State Game Lands. Metzger reported that the Game Commission has initially rejected use of the preferred site for the monument so the Chapter is reviewing its options.
The dinner meeting was followed with a slide photo presentation by David Lembeck, of State College, who has been studying Pennsylvania Post Office art and architecture for more than 15 years. His specialty is the time period during the Great Depression when several post office murals were painted as part of the "New Deal." In his research, he has traveled across the State and to the National Archives in College Park, Md.
He also has interviewed the few surviving artists who worked on the post office projects. He wrote and designed a driving tour of 11 post offices for the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau in Lewisburg. This tour was the basis for a 60-minute documentary produced by WVIA-TV in Pittston which aired in 2007.
He is the co-curator of "A Common Canvas," an exhibit of post office art at the State Museum in Harrisburg in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the New Deal. He also has designed walking and driving tours of State College and Center County architecture and designed the Centre County Historical Society's Heritage magazine. During his presentation, Mr. Lembeck highlighted Post Office art in our area including Muncy, Lewisburg, Danville, Milton, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove, Bloomsburg, Renovo and Northumberland.
The Sons of the American Revolution is a leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence.
As a historical, educational and patriotic, non-profit corporation, the SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols and the value of American citizenship. Men are eligible for membership with proof of lineal descent of an ancestor who was loyal to, and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence. Interested individuals should contact Paul Metzger at 435-0025 to start the membership application process.