March 20, 2021


New Duncan Tavern history reveals Kentucky’s rich early life

By Judy Owens
Public Relations Chairman Kentucky Society, DAR

Back in 1940, the derelict boarding house at 323 High Street in Paris looked like a great place for a parking lot, in the eyes of the Bourbon Fiscal Court. When Julia Ardery, avid history researcher and wife of a Bourbon County judge, looked at the same property, she saw the county’s oldest stone building and visualized a centerpiece for preserving the heritage of Paris.

Through her determination, Julia Ardery bent the destiny of Duncan Tavern to her will.

Eighty years have passed since Mrs. Ardery convinced the county to sell Duncan Tavern for one dollar. A year later, the Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution took possession. Every KSDAR administration since then has repaired, restored and adored the building, showering it with attention, elbow grease and historic artifacts.

For the first time, a concise, well researched and beautifully illustrated booklet chronicling the history of Duncan Tavern is available.

The full-color publication, simply entitled “Duncan Tavern Historic Center,” was published to coincide with the first virtual State Conference of the Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

“Maintaining Duncan Tavern Historic Center is the sacred obligation of every state regent of KSDAR,” said Carol Rogow, current State Regent. “I am so proud of this excellent history of our state headquarters.” Proceeds from the sale of the booklet will benefit the Tavern.

The Tavern has been open for tours and events since 2004. But it was the immediate past administration that took a deep dive into the history of the building. A team including past State Regent Leslie Miller; Lynne Hollingsworth, retired manuscripts archivist from the Kentucky Historical Society and Selene Hutchinson, Duncan Tavern site coordinator started questioning some of the received history of the building. Using modern research methods, these women unearthed a richer, more authentically Kentucky story. Julie Payne, a private art dealer who specializes in Kentucky artwork, volunteered to photograph and stage the rooms according to the newly-discovered facts about the tavern.

Duncan Tavern Historic Center was built around 1792 and is one of the finest examples in Kentucky of an eighteenth century early settlement building used as a tavern. Unlike many historic properties like Monticello and Mt. Vernon, the Tavern’s history is not driven by a single personality. Instead, the Tavern reflects early Kentucky life: a private residence of an iron worker, a tavern complete with boarding rooms and a ballroom and a home for a Connecticut transplant who lost a son at the Battle of Shiloh.

“My hope with the project was to connect all KSDAR members with the treasure they own and operate, and to inspire them to support our historic preservation mission and our ongoing efforts,” said Mrs. Miller, who now serves as the National Chairman of the National Society, DAR’s historic preservation committee.

The book is on sale at the Duncan Tavern gift shop for $20, plus $1.20 in Kentucky state sales tax. For shipping in Kentucky, please contact: duncantavern@att.net or call (859) 987-1788. “After an order is placed, you will be notified the total amount due, which includes

shipping. Upon receipt of payment, your order will be shipped. If you want to pick up your order at Duncan Tavern, you may do so,” said Mary Ann Hayes, Duncan Tavern Chairman.

Unfortunately the booklet cannot be shipped to out-of-state customers.

Beginning April 7, Duncan Tavern is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday. The hours are as follows: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Group orders of the Duncan Tavern Historic Center booklet are appreciated.


November 24, 2020 - Duncan Tavern Historic Center is CLOSED to in-person events until further notice.

November 10, 2020Veterans Day Video

September 23, 2020KSDAR Debutantes 2020 Video

September 17, 2020 -
Constitution Week Video

August 22, 2020

Session I: 
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Session III:  Workshops and Session V:  2021 Bus Tour Information can be found under Members Only on the Announcements Page

August 12, 2020

Summer Meeting Coming SOON!!

The video links for the 3 workshops will be on the Announcements page in the Members Only section starting August 22, 2020.

There will be a video link for the awards presentations on this page starting August 22, 2020.

May 29, 2020

Shine Like A Junior Celebration

Watch Here!

*correction to Powerpoint in the video - Kaitlin Barber is from Boone County Chapter, not Edmund Rogers Chapter.

May 3, 2020

2019 Youth Awards

Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution


Stamp Contest Winners

1st Grade—Teagin Pedigo: State; Division; National
1st Grade-- Jude Simpson: State; Division; National
1st Grade—Lilly Colgate: State; Division; National
2nd Grade—Ari Rife: State; Division; National
2nd Grade—Colleen Hanna: State
3rd Grade—Landon Houp: State; Division; National
3rd Grade—Brooklyn Watson: State; Division
3rd Grade—Zac Caldwell: State; Division; National
4th Grade—Sydney Young: State
4th Grade—Harper Fox: State; Division; National
4th Grade--Roger Chandler: State; Division; National
5th Grade—Lori Ann Burkhead: State; Division; National
5th Grade—Jazlyn Shelton: State
8th Grade—Michael Phillips: State
8th Grade—Betsy Hawkins: State
10th Grade—Anna Kate Murphy: State; Division; National

Poster Contest Winners

1st Grade—Caroline Johnson: State; Division; National
1st Grade—Macy C. New: State: Division; National
1st Grade—Ava Embry: State; Division; National
2nd Grade—Bradley Deweese: State; Division; National
2nd Grade—Gracyn Glass: State; Division
2nd Grade—Natali Fernandez: State; Division; National
3rd Grade—Laney Hampton: State: Division; National
3rd Grade—Ashley Skipper: State; Division; National
3rd Grade—Keeton Deweese: State; Division; National
4th Grade—Jay Peralta: State: State; Division
4th Grade—Claire Hatter: State; Division
4th Grade—Urban Teater: State; Division; National
5th Grade—Rebekah Graham: State; Division
5th Grade—Bella Young: State; Division
5th Grade—Tracy Miller: State
11th Grade—Heydi Galtan: State; Division
12th Grade—Luke Christian Wyatt: State; Division; National


Banner Contest Group Winners

6th-8th Grade—James Burkhead: State; Division
                             Caleb Smith: State; Division
                             Taylor Hunt: State; Division

7th Grade—Andrew Murphy: State
                      Eva Elieman: State
                      Riley Murphy: State

Photography Contest Winners

4th Grade—Sawyer Sutton: State; Division; National
5th Grade—Jayden King: State
12th Grade—Ashlyn Kennedy Murphy: State; Division; National

Short Story Contest Winners

4th Grade—Kory Sulcer: State
5th Grade—Alivia Crawley: State
7th Grade—Skyler Ford: State
8th Grade—Ellie Shoulders: State
12th Grade—Adam Handley: State

Poetry Contest Winners

3rd Grade—Jenna Caroline Baker: State
4th Grade—Karoline Tudor: State
5th Grade—Porter Simpson: State
5th Grade—Brody Robert Baker: State
6th Grade—Halle Siler: State
8th Grade—Anderson Tinin: State
8th Brooklyn Dowdy: State
8th Grade—Dalton Warriner: State
12th Grade—Luke Christian Wyatt: State

Community Service Contest Winners

5th Grade—Olivia Kathleen Wilson: State


         5th Grade—Benjamin Cole Riddle: State
         6th Grade—Jada Esther Dickson: State
         7th Grade—Olivia Hernandez: State
         8th Grade—Isabella Stiles: State: Division
         Christopher Columbus Essay—Amadis Oh Davis: State


         Female: Isabella Sullivan: State
         Male: Ty Sharp: State


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Captain Jacob Van Meter Chapter
Col. John Green Chapter
Clark’s River Chapter
Dr. Thomas Walker Chapter
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Limestone Chapter
Logan Whitley Chapter
Paducah Chapter
Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter
Simpson Country Chapter

April 14, 2020

Kentucky DAR ramps up mask making mission

Louisville – Susan Kalmey, who doesn’t consider herself a seamstress, nevertheless led a group of women to sew more than 1,000 homemade masks to help protect people in the wake of COVID-19.  Her group is still sewing strong.

Susan’s volunteer effort is a service project sponsored by the Corn Island Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, based in Louisville. In response to COVID-19, the DAR on March 21 launched a nation-wide appeal for its members to sew masks. Homemade cloth masks can extend the life of masks worn in patient care or protect others in contact with the public. Nearly 80,000 masks sewn by DAR members have been donated to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, veterans’ facilities and others who need them.

Because Susan’s husband operates a group of assisted living communities in Kentucky and Indiana, they both immediately recognized the need for the masks.

“We were on our way back from vacation in March,” Susan said. “and my husband said, I anticipate this thing getting much larger, and there is going to be tremendous need.” When Susan arrived back home in Louisville, she scoured a Facebook page called “Masks for Nurses” for patterns, headed to Walmart and bought supplies. She recruited a friend to help cut and sew. Two volunteers grew to four, and within weeks 12-15 women were sewing on behalf of the chapter.

Since then, nearly 3,000 masks have been made by Kentucky DAR members, more than half by the Corn Island Chapter.

Carol Rogow, State Regent of the Kentucky DAR, said she was proud of the generosity of the Bluegrass State.

“In the course of a few days and, perhaps, a few hours, our world passed from a state of assured calmness and deļ¬nite direction to one of change and uncertainty,” Mrs. Rogow said. “The women of DAR immediately stepped into their patriotic duty to help our country in a time of need.”

Community service is a large part of the mission of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the members of the chapter were anxious to do something useful in response to the need for protective gear.

Deanna Beineke, a long-time member of the Mary Ingles Chapter, based in Ft. Thomas, joined in on the project.

“When I went to Kroger during Senior Hour, I wore matching gloves and mask,” Beineke said. “I’m trying to maintain a sense of humor as well as a sense of service.” Beineke donated her masks to a local hospice. “I equate it with rolling bandages during World War II, just doing it in our homes instead of church basements.”

In Owensboro, the Gen. Evan Shelby Chapter is hard at work making masks for the local hospital. Sheila Jolly Pence, chaplain, is among a group making masks with a flag and other patriotic motifs.

Vickie Canham, a member of the Lexington chapter and who also serves as American Heritage National Vice-Chairman for Crafts has been sewing masks and cutting for kits for others to sew. “"God gives each of us different talents and the great thing about DAR is that there is a place for each us and our talents. When the pandemic came to our shores and Service to America called on us to sew and make cloth face masks for health care workers, I felt like I could contribute and be of service to my community."

In Pikeville, DAR member Pam Osborne is making masks and matching headbands with a button on the side so that a day of wear doesn’t result in a very sore ear.

“I love to sew,” Osborne said. “I’m in a quilting guild, so I had plenty of fabric.”

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March 28, 2020

DAR and Wreaths Across America


That is the mission of Wreaths Across America.  The Daughters of the American Revolution is a WAA corporate sponsor, specifically supporting the WAA Mobile Education Exhibit as it travels across the country to various pop-up events, fairs, and schools. The partnership between DAR and WAA helps to ensure communities across the United States learn the indelible mark our veterans have on our country and the value of honoring their sacrifices.  WAA takes great pride in its mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. The Mobile Education Exhibit will help to teach not only the next generation but also all community members and visitors about the services and sacrifices of our nation’s military. 

Lexington Chapter members Ann Hamlin and Jo Ellen Hayden are WAA site coordinators at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.  They both work extremely hard ALL year long getting ready for Wreaths Across America Day.  As this event is growing across the nation, more and more DAR chapters are getting involved.  Ann and Jo Ellen were all set to give a presentation at the State Conference this year but with the crisis we are currently facing, that will not happen.

So that YOU do not have to miss out on this opportunity, they have provided some videos for you to watch and a brochure that will let you know how you and your chapter can get involved!

Message from the Executive Director of WAA

What is Wreaths Across America?

Camp Nelson National Cemetery

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 19, 2020.

See the flyer below and get involved!

Wreaths Across America flyer