The colonial era heritage societies recently announced that the 16th annual George Washington Birthday Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, 2020, at the Hot Springs Country Club. The public is invited to attend. Colonial Costume is optional.

The committee announced the date at the Washington Birthday Luncheon planning meeting recently.

From Pine Bluff, the societies of Colonial Dames 17th Century, Daughters of Colonial War and Daughters of the American Revolution are represented on the committee, according to a news release.

The birthday luncheon featured speaker will be Terry Carter, Ph.D, and his presentation will be “George Washington’s Religious Beliefs.”

Carter is the associate dean at Pruet School of Christian Studies; W.O. Vaught professor of Christian History and Ministry; chairman of the Department of Christian Ministry and acting chairman of the Department of Christian Missions at Ouachita Baptist University.

An avid church historian, Carter has served as campus minister at two universities in Texas. He has been pastor or interim pastor in churches in Texas, Germany, Belgium and Arkansas. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Baptist History and Heritage Society.

The annual luncheon is known for its speakers and is regularly attended by people across the state. Each year, presentations are given by renowned speakers who have researched a little known area, event or characteristic of George Washington’s life, according to the release.

The luncheon will cost $26 and reservations must be received by Feb. 10. Checks must be made payable to Akansa Chapter NSDAR and mailed to Frankie Ochsner, 211 Brown Drive #6, Hot Springs, AR 71913-2089. Participants should include their phone number and email address for confirmation or questions. Space is limited and walk ins won’t be accepted.