Rosalie Gould, former mayor of McGehee, was the guest speaker during the recent meeting of the Pine Bluff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Rosalie Gould, former mayor of McGehee, was the guest speaker during the recent meeting of the Pine Bluff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Helen Campbell introduced Gould. Gould presented a very interesting historical program, entitled “Japanese Internment Camps”.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941, fear spread throughout the West coast. Gould spoke of the U.S. government’s policy to displace thousands of Japanese American citizens into internment camps, some of which were located at Rohwer and Jerome, Ark.

These camp housed over 8,000 Japanese Americans. Each tar paper building at the camps housed 300 people. No plumbing or cooking facilities were in the individual buildings. A community school, food hall and baths were built for the families to use. There are four monuments at Rohwer camp and a small cemetery remaining at this time.

Guest Vivienne Schiffer, daughter of Gould, has authored a historical novel entitled, “Camp Vine”, which intermingles several stories of those involved in the Japanese Internment camps. A book signing will be given at McGehee. The book is available on the Barnes and Noble website.

Over the years, Gould has collected artifacts, documents and artwork left by the Japanese after the war. Those from the Rohwer camp are now being displayed at the Arkansas Studies Institute at Little Rock with plans being made for the articles to become a permanent exhibit.

DiAnn Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Teri Bethege led the group in singing the National Anthem. Martha Patten led the Salute to the Arkansas flag.

The Indian Minute was given by Linda Schultz, reminding us of the many contributions to our culture made by Native Americans.

Cary Swanson, Insignia chairmen, explained the chapter emblem pin and its significance. She announced that Hamilton Jewelers is the new official jeweler for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sandra Poore, DAR Service for Veteran Patients chairman, gave the history of November 11 as the official date for Veteran’s Day.

Mary Dotson, DAR Project Patriot chairman, reported that she will send signed Christmas greeting cards to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. As Conservation chairman, she reported on the dedication of land and the planting of trees in the national forest. She asked members to save Coca Cola caps now being collected as a conservation project.

DiAnn Jones, Good Citizen chairman, reported that the Dec. 15 deadline for the essay contest by a high school student has begun at St. Joseph’s High School. She updated the actions of her son, Stuart, who is serving in the military in Saudi Arabia.

Regent Sue Smith displayed copies of Bible birth, death and marriage records that are being collected by the Daughters of American History Commission and announced that members need to collect those from family members and the general public, as well.

Chaplain Kar Lynn Roberts have the benediction. After the meeting adjourned, dessert was served by the club.