Daughters of American Revolution visit Gateway Museum in Morristown
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 5:56 pm

From left, Swe-kat-si Regent Sally W. Hartman; Lisa Doan, Saratoga Chapter; Marilyn Dietrich, prospective member from Stoneham, Mass.; Gloria Scott Johnson, DAR Member at Large; Swe-kat-si Chaplain Sheila Rendon; Swe-kat-si member Lois Wells; and Swe-kat-si Registrar Jennifer Bixby. (J. Steele Photo)

 MORRISTOWN -- Members of the Swe-kat-si Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently visited the Gateway Museum following a luncheon at the ancestral home of Sheila Rendon in Morristown.

Everybody brought a dish to pass and for desert Regent Sally Hartman presented an ice cream cake to commemorate the 116th birthday of Swe-kat-si which was chartered in 1896.

Registrar Jennifer Bixby announced that the group has a new member, Margaret Prudhomme of Morristown, and two new junior members, Linsay and Ellyssa Tennant, daughters of member Sylvia Tennant and granddaughters of member Lila Ferris.

Morristown is named after Gouverneur Morris, a signer of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. He was a land baron and owned a tract of land from Gouverneur to the St. Lawrence River, including the village of Morristown.

The Gateway Museum has collections of early memorabilia of the settlers, farm tools, clothing and military memorabilia of the Bogardus family and the WWII Military collections of Jamieson Steele. Featured this summer are a collection of historical photographs of the Village curated by Historian Gloria Scott Johnson. The museum is housed in the Comstock building formerly owned by William H. Comstock, a patent medicine manufacturer, featuring Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. on Sundays.

For information about the Daughters of the American Revolution contact Sally Hartman at 344-8882 or kyle57@twcny.rr.com.