KHC honoring DAR luminary

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A memorial plaque honoring Anna Maria Pittman will be dedicated on the front lawn of the Keizer Heritage Center on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

The plaque memorializes the namesake of the Anna Maria Pittman Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Keizer chapter was chartered on Dec. 4, 1985 and shares the mission of the DAR, which was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.

Tammy Goesch, chair of the memorial plaque project, noted the Keizer chapter embarked on the project in 2012 under the leadership of then-chapter regent Corale Goesch.

“The goal was to raise awareness of Ms. Pittman’s part in our local and regional history,” Tammy Goesch said. “While more information on her life can be found in the region – at the Willamette Heritage Center, at Willamette Mission State Park and at the Lee Mission Cemetery – Keizer itself was lacking a memorial to this major figure. Plans for a historical and educational plaque to be sited at the KHC were approved by a resolution of the City of Keizer in October 2012 and fundraising then began in earnest.”

Goesch noted donations are still being accepted.

“It is hoped this memorial plaque will pique the interest of the public to learn more about Anna Maria Pittman, pioneer, missionary, teacher, wife and mother,” Goesch said. “Her life was relatively brief, but her energy and dedication continue to inspire.”

The Keizer Heritage Center is located at 980 Chemawa Road NE, next to the Keizer Civic Center. The program will start promptly at 2 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes. There will be a dedication of the plaque for Oregon State Regent Ellen Hopkins, a presentation by the McNary AFJROTC Color Guard, period music and light refreshments.

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