Acadia LSDAR, honor Sandidge

In conjunction with the National Women’s History Project, Acadia Chapter LSDAR chose to honor Margaret “’Peggy” Sandidge as the chapter’s Outstanding Woman in American History at the March 6’ meeting. Sandidge was guest of honor at the chapter’s tour of Louisiana’s premier school for young ladies, The Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau and at a special lunch held at Prejean’s Restaurant. She was nominated by Elaine Hoffpauir Simon, one of last year’s recipients of the award. Barbara de la Houssaye, LSDAR Honorary State Regent and a past Outstanding Woman in American History from Acadia Chapter was also in attendance.

After Simon introduced the honoree emphasizing her many activities which help her community, Alma Reed, Acadia Chapter’s American History Chairman presented Sandidge with a lovely certificate from the chapter.

Sister Moreau provided a guided tour of the school, shrine and museum, adding humorous anecdotes along the way. Attendees listened with rapt attention as she recounted the story of the young fatally ill novice, Mary Wilson. As they visited the shrine in the Academy, she narrated the story of the only miracle in the United States to ever be confirmed by the Catholic Church, the miracle attributed to St. John Berchmans, who appeared to Mary Wilson.

Members particularly enjoyed seeing the fourth graders’ artwork, one of which was created by DAR member Isabella de la Houssaye’s granddaughter. Some members shared their memories of attending ceremonies at the school. All attending remarked about the huge camellias and azaleas which were blooming on the campus and the historic ambiance of the buildings.

Following the tour, members traveled to Prejean’s Restaurant where Sandidge was the honored guest. Chaplain Elaine Simon asked grace and then, Regent Charlene Guidry reminded members that the next meeting is scheduled in April at the home of Jo-Anne Arnaud. At that meeting, members will honor the Community Service Awards winners.

Those attending were Jo-Anne Arnaud, Margaret Brunson, Wilda Burleigh, Barbara de la Houssaye, Isabella de la Houssaye, Mitzie Gardiner, Charlene Lacombe, Camille Reed, Alma Reed, Elaine Simon and guest, Margaret Sandidge.

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