On Wednesday, April 5th, Marcy Kimminau, Joni Lewis and Linda Wyman from the Golden based Mount Lookout Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated four volumes to the Arvada Family History Center. The books will be of great value to the Arvada community at large. The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
Donated were the three volume reference, “America’s Women in the Revolutionary Era 1760-1790: A History Through Bibliography”, edited by DAR Library Director Eric G. Grundset, is an authoritative guide to women’s and girls’ lives in the era of the American Revolution. DAR Library researchers made an effort to locate every relevant published resource about Revolutionary women possible, including books, articles, dissertations and online documents, in order to aid researchers, understand existing literature and illuminate gaps to encourage future research. This encyclopedic bibliography is sorted in several ways to make it as useful as possible, including by topic, geography and a chronology that shows how historians’ understanding of these women and girls has developed over time.
The book documents sources about America’s women from the famous to the obscure. Researchers discovered references to some unique women, such as one woman who lived as a hermit in a cave on the border of Connecticut and Massachusetts, along with documentation about famous, influential women and, most importantly, a great wealth of resources describing the daily lives of regular women of different races and classes. This focus on “average” women was a driving force of the research behind the book, which aims to find resources that paint a holistic picture of life in the revolutionary era.
Volume one contains many subject chapters including ones on general studies, African American Women, Native American Women, women in the family and society, women as mothers and their children, women’s health, women’s work in the home and elsewhere, women’s rights, religious experiences, women’s cultural life and activities, the creative activities of women in literature and writing, historical fiction, women and textiles, and women and girls in the many aspects of the war effort.
The second volumes takes a geographical approach to the broad subject incorporating materials from volume one with other locally-specific studies. It is arranged by state and region and provides extensive listings of books, articles, dissertations, theses, and other writings on the roles of women and girls across the emerging United States.
Volume three provides a listing of all of this information by author and a separate chronological section showing the development of the published literature in this field of study from the late eighteenth century to the present.
DAR also donated a book, “Pioneers of the San Juan Country”, an excellent genealogical reference for those researching ancestors from southwest Colorado.
These four volumes will be available for review by the community at the Arvada Family History Center, a public resource operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and available for the entire community. Volunteers can assist patrons in starting or extending their family tree. It is located at the rear of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7080 Independence Street, Arvada, and is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Thursdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and other times by appointment.