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Mt. Pleasant DAR chapter donates books to county historical society

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'America’s Women in the Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790: A History Through Bibliography,' a three-book set by Eric Grundset with Briana L. Diaz and Hollis L. Gentry, was recently donated by the Braddock Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to the Westmoreland County Historical Society.

Westmoreland County Historical Society library coordinator Anita Zanke said that the facility welcomes curious visitors from throughout the area and beyond.

So the recent donation of resource books by the Mt. Pleasant-based Braddock Trail chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be a welcome addition to the society's library, she said.

“We have people stopping in with all sorts of requests,” said Zanke, adding that they have even had a few visitors from other countries stop in for information.

“Every day more people come through our doors,” she said.

Knowing the society welcomes resources, local DAR chapter Registrar Rosalind Ashmun recently donated the three-book volume “America's Women in the Revolutionary Era — 1760-1790: A History Through Bibliography,” which will serve as a resource of information for the society's Greensburg-based library.

“These were given to me when we attended the (DAR) Continental Congress the last week of June,” Ashmun said. “They said, ‘Take these back and donate them to someone who can use them,'” she said.

The three books are tomes with thousands of pages of reference materials.

The DAR Braddock Trail chapter. which keeps an office in the historic Warden Mansion in the borough, also possess a set of the books in its genealogical library there.

The library is open to the public for people who are researching their family's lineage.

“These list subjects about women and women in the American Revolution,” Ashmun said. “The three-volume set is a large listing of resource information.”

The books are written and prepared by Eric Grundset with Briana L. Diaz and Hollis L. Gentry for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

While the books were originally costly to attain by the society, Ashmun said that she acquired a set for the Braddock Trail library at a reduced price.

She was even more thrilled to get the free set to donate, she added.

“There is a wealth of information in these,” Ashmun said.

Westmoreland County Historical Society executive director Lisa Hays said the society was “thrilled” to receive the donation, and its members will make the

resource books available for visitors.

“We are a non-circulating library with a highly specialized collection,” Hays said. “These will help with anyone who is doing this type of research.”

The books list resource and references on where to go to look for specific information.

“There is a lot of work in these books,” Hays said. “There was a lot of work put into assembling this information. We are in the information business, and there is a lot of information in these.”

The Braddock Trail DAR Library is open from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through fall.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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