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The Vinsans Trace Chapter

     Our chapter was organized October 9, 1970.  Mrs. Milton Smith was selected as Organizing Regent of the 17 charter members.

     Our name was selected to commemorate and celebrate the trail called Vinsans Trace which was traveled by George Rogers Clark and his small band of Virginia Militia as they made their way from Kaskaskia to Vincennes.  This trail was also used by settlers moving west and passed through the area where Flora was founded.  On September 8, 2001, our chapter placed and rededicated a bronze plaque at the site of the B&O Depot, which has been marked as a National Trust Landmark.  This plaque had originally been dedicated at a location in the Flora McKendree School yard in 1976.  On October 8, 2005, we dedicated a life-sized bronze statue of Clark, which was designed for us by Don Morris, a Flora native, at the Depot site.

     We have also placed a monument on the Clay County Courthouse grounds in Louisville, IL, naming four Revolutionary War patriots buried in Clay County and a plaque at the grave of Hannah Skelton, daughter of a Revolutionary soldier.

     We annually participate in the Flora Academic Foundation Scholarship and were proud to sponsor a 2005 Jane Farwell Smith Scholarship winner, Lydia McGrew.  We annually award five DAR Good Citizens Awards to students from the high schools in our area.  In 2005, we participated for the first time in the DAR American History awards and honored the winner, her parents, and her teacher at our monthly meeting.

     In tribute to our deceased members, we purchase historic flags which are displayed at the Flora Public Library and are available for loan to the public to be used in ceremonies and parades.

     Vinsans Trace has presented a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the local Junior High School.  Constitution Week is commemorated by a proclamation by the mayor of Flora, a display in the public library, and spot radio announcements.

     We annually participate in the Flora Academic Foundation's Appleknocker Arts and Craft Fair, distributing flags, flag codes, and bookmarks to students and parents.  We hold a drawing on that day for larger flags and a doll which has been donated by one of our members.  This gives us an opportunity to talk to interested parties about membership in our organization.

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