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Thursday, August 8, 2013 – The Pagosa Springs SUN – PREVIEW – Section 1 – Page 27

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Ann Oldham of the San Juan Historical Museum, left, holds a document presented to the museum by Jeannine Dobbins, Chapter Regent, Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR has named the late Ruby Sisson as a Woman in American History â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an honor awarded to women who made a contribution or a difference in their communities.

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Ruby Sisson named Woman in American History by DAR By Lynn Constan Special to The PREVIEW

The National Society, Daughters of the America Revolution, has recognized Ruby Sisson as a Woman in American History. This honor is awarded to women who made a contribution or a difference in their communities and can be conferred on both DAR members and non-members. Mrs. Sisson was chosen for this award by the local Sarah Platt Decker Chapter, NSDAR. Ruby Cales Sisson was a muchloved teacher in Archuleta County, first accepting a teaching position in Pagosa Springs in 1929. Except for one year during World War II, she taught continuously in Archuleta County until her retirement after the 1977-78 school year. From 1936 to 1948, she alternated between the Blanco School, a oneroom schoolhouse, and Pagosa Springs High School, where she taught math. She was an ardent conservationist. In 1978, the Colorado Education Association named her Colorado Teacher of the Year. Members of the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter met at the San

Juan Historical Society Museum on Aug. 2 to tour the museum and to present the Women in American History certificate. The museum has a fascinating collection of local artifacts including a display devoted to Mrs. Sisson and her teaching career. Museum Docent Ann Oldham, a local author and historian, accepted the certificate on behalf of the museum. The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St., on the banks of the San Juan River, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sarah Platt Decker chapter, organized in 1917, is one of 42 chapters in Colorado. Meetings are held once a month from

August through May in Durango. The 90-member chapter includes women from Durango, Pagosa Springs and Bayfield. The DAR promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution. Members of the chapter are willing to provide guidance and assistance in the preparation of your application. Those women interested in membership can contact Jeannine Dobbins, Chapter Regent, at regent. spd@hotmail.com.

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