Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War hold 104th annual convention

Members of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War tents #1, #2 and #24. (Submitted photo)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War of the Department of Minnesota held their 104th Annual Convention in Minneapolis on April 26-27. The Convention kicked off with the Past President’s dinner at the Que Viet Village House on Friday followed by a council meeting. On Saturday, April 27, the Convention was held at the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church and consisted of a business meeting, live auction, and an election of officers for the year 2019-2020. Jennifer Parker was elected as the Department President, Winnie Fernstrom was elected Senior Vice President, and Kathy Palmersten was elected Junior Vice President.

The 11th Annual Dorothy Dodge Service Award was presented to Jennifer Harbal Anderson of Faribault, Minnesota. This award is given annually to a DUVCW member who is chosen by her peers for her character and helpfulness to others both within the organization and within the community.

The second award given at the Convention was the Inez Farmer Cup, which was presented to Tent #1 for having gained the most new members in the past year.

The DUVCW was organized on May 30, 1885 in Massilion, Ohio and their first meeting was held on June 3, 1885. Members must be a direct line descendant of a Union Army or Navy veteran who fought during the American Civil War and be at least 8 years of age. Local Groups, called Tents, are named for Army Nurses who served in the Civil War or any loyal woman of the Civil War era whose patriotic deeds during the years 1861-1865 were recorded.

There are three tents in Minnesota: Tent #1 Mary Starkweather in Minneapolis, Tent #2 Juline F Barr in Minneapolis and Tent #24 Barbara Burii in Montgomery.

The DUVCW honors veterans through service projects that benefit the public at the local, state and national level.

Those interested in joining or want more information about the group should email Sherry at sherry@harbalfamily.com.

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