On Wednesday the Elisha Winn Society Children of the American Revolution visited the State Capitol to receive a Proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal naming December 15 as Gwinnett County Bicentennial Day.
The Proclamation recognized the Gwinnett pioneer, Elisha Winn, with a paragraph:
“WHEREAS Gwinnett County’s governmental operations began in 1819 and the first courthouse was located at the home of Elisha Winn, in what is now Dacula. Several buildings have served as the courthouse, though the current courthouse was built in 1988; and…”
The Elisha Winn Society C.A.R. was organized in July 2018 on the grounds of the historic Elisha Winn House. Having seen the old homestead, the children have a frame of reference for the beginning of Gwinnett County two hundred years ago. During a meeting held at the Capitol, Senior Society President Emily Tindall presented a program to explain the meaning of the Proclamation and Bicentennial. Going to the Capitol, meeting the Governor, and learning about the Proclamation made it a day to remember for these youngsters. Organizing with 15 members in July, the group has grown to 41 members today.
The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is the oldest patriotic youth organization in our country. Membership is open to descendants of patriots of the American Revolution.
Members gain valuable leadership experience in conducting meetings, following parliamentary procedures and standard protocol, serving as delegates and speaking before groups at local, state and national conferences. The responsibility and privilege of selecting officers helps members gain an understanding of the democratic process.
“Good citizens cannot be made suddenly. They must grow…” Harriett Mulford Lothrop, Founder of The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, April 5, 1895.