September 26, 2021

Local resident receives the NSDAR’s ‘Women in American History’ award

(Franklin, GA) — The James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, is pleased to announce that Carla James Brown was awarded the ‘Women In American History’ Medal on November 5, 2020.

Carla was recognized for her contributions over the previous decade to preserve our local history here in the county and around the country.

The Women in American History Award is given to a notable woman who has made outstanding contributions to the history in their community.

Carla is an active member of the Heard County Historical Society and has been editor of their newsletter since 2010. She has assisted dozens of citizens with researching their families in the Old Jail Museum.

Carla James Brown (Photo: Pamela Lyle/DAR)

In addition, she compiled and helped to retype and format the Heard County’s Highway 27 stories.

Currently, Carla spends a great amount of her time indexing the historical society’s ‘Heard and Scene’ newsletter that will be ready to print in 2021.

Carla has digitized family genealogy books in the museum by converting them to searchable documents.

Future generations will be able to search for ancestors easier due to her hard work on this project.

As an active member of the DAR, Carla has written numerous articles regarding our history for the local papers and the online publications during the past century.

Carla states, “I have worked to make the local people aware of the history that abounds here and the ancestry that many have.”

Carla has received numerous awards from the NSDAR over the previous 10 years. She has indexed over 160,000 names and received 1st Place awards from our National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Carla has worked with the Genealogical Records Committee for the DAR on all types of special projects.

Most recently, Carla submitted bible records from local families that will be available to all future generations. These bible records will be forever stored at the DAR Library in Washington, DC, the Georgia Archives, the Georgia Genealogical Society, and the Washington Library in Macon.

The members of the James Stewart Chapter wish to thank Selmah Bowen for nominating Carla and for her continued support of the history with Heard County and its residents.

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Preserving history for our future generations is a primary focus of the NSDAR. There are numerous projects that can be accomplished in the comfort and safety of our homes.

Consider becoming a member of our chapter and make your mark in the history of your county and your country.

Membership to the organization is open to women that are 18 and older and can prove direct lineal descent from a patriot or solder from the American Revolution.

Submitted by Pamela Lyle, Regent

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