Nine members of the William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 recently attended the State Society's Spring Council in Mansfield, where the Chapter won all of the state awards, including most members attending state conference, most junior members and most Flora Adams Darling members (women from 21 to 36).
Chapter President Sharon Myers of Silver Lake won the Spirit of 1812 Award from the state and the award was presented to her by National President Virginia Apyar of Baltimore, Md.
This award is given to an individual with a distinguished record of dedication to the preservation of history or people, places and events of the War of 1812.
A candidate must be nominated by their chapter or state and must also have a letter of recommendation from a non-member.
Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart recommended Myers knowing her work on the city's bicentennial in 2012, which coincided with the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and chapter namesake William Wetmore also is noted for founding Cuyahoga Falls.
Members Claire Lucas of Stow and Elizabeth Miller of Cuyahoga Falls served as pages during the conference.
After the meeting, a rededication ceremony at the Mansfield Blockhouse was held. This is the only original blockhouse left standing in Ohio and was used as refuge from Indians during the conflict.
Hezlep's Company of Artillery War of 1812 reenactors of Portage County were in attendance at the Blockhouse with two authentic 1812 cannons, which they fired after the ceremony. Hezlep's Company assisted in preparing the ordnance stores and the construction of Fort Meigs in Perrysburg.
The Wetmore Chapter is planning memorial ceremonies for veterans buried in Peninsula on May 18, veterans buried in Stow on July 20 and veterans buried in the entire county on Sept. 21 at the Summit County Historical Society.
The SCHS is also planning a trolley tour of the veterans of 1812 graves in Glendale Cemetery on July 9. More activities will be added as the year moves forward.
To stay up-to-date on events in the area, visit the chapter's website at http://sharonmyers1.tripod.com/ and click on the Bicentennial Events link or call Sharon Myers at 330-794-5099.
Membership in the Daughters of 1812 is available to women age 18 and older who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to the country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Contact Myers for more information.