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Not Your Grandmother's DAR (2024)

Forget what you know about the Daughters of the American Revolution and join Mariam as she sits down with three members of Kentucky’s Lexington chapter of the DAR. Judy Owens, Robin Fisher, and Sharon Withers talk about the contemporary society and what it means to each of them, their work to research and identify patriots of color, historical preservation at McConnell's Springs and Sharon's pioneering use of DNA in DAR genealogy research, and the use of DNA to find patriots of color and their descendants. 

The oral history series mentioned in the episode is Daughter Dialogues, and is available at

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Tales from the Kentucky Room is hosted by Mariam Addarrat and produced by Erin West.

Mariam is the Manager of Collection Services. She has worked at the Lexington Public Library since 2013, where she started as a Librarian at the Central Library. Currently, she’s enjoying listening to podcasts on history, cooking, parenting, and gardening.

Erin is the Virtual Services Librarian. She's worked for Lexington Public Library since 2003 and began her work with audio editing in 2012 while working at the Northside Branch. Erin enjoys listening to history, true crime and tv show recap podcasts.

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