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Pictured, from left, are Cindy Phillips, NSCDXVIIC state president; CCC Social Science Department Chair and History Instructor Barbara Boschert; Gloria Mitchell, NSCDXVIIC John Pulliam Chapter president; and Gail Campbell, NSCDXVIIC John Pulliam Chapter treasurer.
CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College history instructor has been sharing her love for the subject with a local organization.
CCC Social Science Department Chair and History Instructor Barbara Boschert recently spoke with Clarksdale’s John Pulliam Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVIIC (NSCDXVIIC) March 26 at the Clarksdale County Club.
The organization, founded in 1915, was designed for members to honor their ancestors who came to America before 1701 seeking religious and economic freedom. The Society’s objectives include preserving historic records and sites; promoting heraldry and research as well as charitable projects and education.
It’s Boschert’s second visit with the organization; during a prior visit in October the group spoke about early European explorers. During her recent visit, Boschert made a presentation in honor NSCDXVIIC’s Pocahontas Project, which is designed to raise funds to maintain the gravesite of Pocahontas in Gravesend, England.
"I am thankful the Colonial Dames asked me to make a presentation. …I always learn a lot when preparing a program and truly enjoy their meetings,” said Boschert.
During her recent visit, Boschert discussed several theories about the relationship of Pocahontas and John Smith; his relationship with her father, Powhatan; her captivity and eventual marriage to John Rolfe; the trip to England and the birth of their son and her death at Gravesend, England. She concluded that while the true story of her relationship with John Smith will probably never be known, most agree that the colony at Jamestown would not have survived without the help of Pocahontas in providing food for the colonists.
“We had a good time examining the historical record relating to Pocahontas and John Smith,” Boschert said. “These ladies made me really consider the evidence and the conclusions we can draw from it."
Clarksdale’s NSCDXVIIC was organized by Edwin Hughes Sample, Jr. in 1969.
Members of the chapter include: Gail Russell Brien; Gail Wood Campbell; Elizabeth Nicole Coker; Katherine Young Furr; Rebecca Bryars Hayes; Gloria Woods Mitchell; Cynthia Inis Mitchell; Sandra Louise Mitchell,; Melanie Mitchell Morris; Frances Johnson Pelegrin; Sally Hampton Powell; and Ann Garland Russell.