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Log Cabin Questers

Jun 17, 2013

Nancy Schmidt was hostess to nine members of Log Cabin Questers on June 6, 2013.

President Sheila Gerot conducted the business meeting. Minutes of the April and May meetings were read and approved as corrected. Treasurer Martha Hahn gave the treasurer’s report.

Log Cabin Questers volunteered to be the State Ways and Means Committee. Sharon Hahn and Billie Nickolan planned to attend the state meeting in Adel on June 15, to learn more about the responsibilities for serving that role. The group decided to take a field trip in August to Nauvoo, Ill. Karen Lyons will be the tour director, and share details at the next meeting. Martha Hahn shared a thank-you note from a DAR officer, for the donation made to the Alexander Young Log House in Sunset Park.

The program, patriotic memorabilia, was led by Dorothy Koehler. Each member shared information about a patriotic item they brought. Dorothy told of a recent trip to Washington, D.C., showing many pictures of Washington, D.C., historic sights. The red, white, and blue theme was carried out in the refreshments served, as members enjoyed social time.

The next meeting will be held on July 11, at the home of Billie Nickolan, with Sharon Hahn as co-hostess. Members are asked to bring an item that looks oriental or Asian.

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jun 24, 2013 21:20

by Katie Kieffer

If you see just one movie this summer, make it Copperhead. Copperhead is worth seeing because it re-tells American history with an intimate, engaging and non-textbook approach. Away from the mighty battlefields and memorable generals we finally get to experience behind-the-scenes struggles of the Civil War through a few friends, lovers, neighbors and family members trying to speak their minds while practicing what they preach. Copperhead is based on a novel by Harold Frederic, who lived through the Civil War as a boy. The lead character, Abner Beech, opens the movie by saying: “They called us people in the North that didn’t want the war Copperheads.” When Abner’s hired boy puzzles over the hatred and violence exerted by one-time friends and neighbors, Abner explains: “War is a fever son… puts you out of your right mind; you do things you wouldn’t do when you’re sick…” Copperhead takes us into the homes of a few families who started out as neighbors with different beliefs. Instead of free speech and open debate, violence became the mode of making one’s points clear. In a particularly emotional scene, two grown men and neighbors-turned-enemies cling to each other in open despair, tears filling their eyes, as they realize they may have lost their most precious possessions in their rage.The movie was humbling to watch; it forces one to contemplate what it means, and how hard it is, to truly “love your neighbor as yourself.” As one teenage boy tells his abolitionist father pushing him to fight: “I didn’t know the ‘Lord’s work’ was killing. … There’s too many folks carryin’ swords; not enough pulling plows.” DiLorenzo explores how, after the Civil War, Americans forgot that the founders intended our union to remain strong and voluntary: “The Jeffersonian, states' rights tradition, for example, has been whitewashed from the history books thanks to the efforts of several generations of gatekeepers and court historians. …[states’ rights] was an important Northern as well as a Southern political doctrine prior to 1865.”



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