Group honors women in American history

The Yaquina Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented four women with its Women in American History award on March 18 in Newport. Pictured are: Mary Smothers, left, Loretta Hoagland, Delores (Dee) Pigsley, Warren Brainard (chief of the Confederated Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, accepting the award for Amanda), and Andrea Summerlin, NSDAR regent. (Courtesy photo)

Four women were honored with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Women in American History award at a luncheon on March 18 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport.

Women chosen for this recognition are those who have contributed to or made a positive difference in their own communities. They are, or have been, intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific or cultural innovators.

March is recognized as Women’s History Month and throughout history, women have made valuable contributions to this country. The NSDAR Yaquina Chapter presented a framed certificate of appreciation, a Women in American History medal, a gift certificate and a lapel pin to four women who are unsung heroes and leaders in our local communities and beyond.

This year’s honorees:

  • As the tribal chairman for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Delores (Dee) Pigsley has been actively involved in tribal government, Indian commissions and boards, committees and other government functions throughout her career. She has testified before Congress many times on various issues that affect tribes nationally.
  • Mary Clare Smothers is a retired Department of Defense schools’ educator with more than 35 years of teaching experience. She was selected as a semifinalist for the Teacher in Space program, where she trained with Christa McAuliffe at the NASA Space Center. She served as a space ambassador and presented programs throughout Europe.
  • Loretta Hoagland saw a need in her community for safe after school care and founded Neighbors for Kids (Kids Zone) in June 2010. She harnessed the energy in the small town of Depoe Bay and created a place for children to gather for educational and fun activities during the critical three-hour period after school. Neighbors for Kids offers many programs for youth of all ages.
  • Amanda was a blind Coos woman whose story, although harrowing and tragic, is also one that has elicited positive action. A nature trail and statue has been erected just south of Yachats, which commemorates Amanda’s heroism during the dark events of Oregon’s transition from native domain to U.S. statehood. The Amanda Trail is a solemn and spiritual path that remembers the original people of this area and the hardships they endured. The trail has built greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the history of the original inhabitants.

The awards event was attended by friends, family, co-workers and supporters of the recipients. These women were recognized for their personal devotion to serving others and building positive communities.

The NSDAR is a nonprofit, non-political women’s service organization founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information on membership, contact Regent Andrea Summerlin at 541-252-0515 or via email at [email protected].


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