BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
A toast by Chicago’s new British Consul General, The Honorable John Saville, the former Ambassador to Venezuela, commenced the celebration of early American history by members of the Society of Colonial Wars in the state of Illinois at their annual Winter Court.
A roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner at an elegant club proceeded an introduction to one of New England’s momentous colonial towns and massacre sites, Deerfield, Massachusetts, by Philip Zea, President of Historic Deerfield.
Chicago’s lauded preservationist and philanthropist Joe Gromacki serves as Chairman of Historic Deerfield’s Board of Directors. Brian White, IL Governor of the Colonial Warriors, told of the growing interest in hereditary societies:
“We find that as many members lose parents or have children of their own we have an interest and need to discover our roots and heritage of our family members and ancestors who founded this country.
“As our National Society General, David Trebing, has said, ‘We celebrate this period of 1607-1775, which set the foundation for national diversity.’”
Shrewdly competitive backgammon tournaments traditionally wrap up Winter Court—congratulations to first place winner, Brian Kearns, and runners-up, Christopher Straus and Ryan Ruskin, who received prizes from Historic Deerfield’s gift shop!
Newly elected Society officers and Council members include Robert Burell, John Strothman, Aaron Barlow, Geoffrey Euston, Dwight Cleveland, Philip May, Allen Carter, Tobin Richter, Albert Tippens, Todd Schwebel, Edward Rutledge, J. P. Beall, Samuel Badger, David Linville, Albert Van Alyea, John Bross, Howell Browne, William Parke, John Dryud, Leland Hutchinson, Louis Sudler, Jr., James Barr, Jr., Peter Mark, and Louis Margaglione.
Photo credit: Jesus Santos