Ladies’ Memorial Associations
In a recent issue of the SHNV there was an announcement about a book, Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause, by Caroline Janney.
The book explores the role of women in this noble cause from 1865 to 1915.  Someone now needs to write a "sequel" to this and document all the ladies’ memorial associations from 1915 to 2010.  How many are still in existence?  I know of two which are still alive and well, one in Montgomery, Alabama (Ladies’ Memorial Association of Montgomery) and one in Arkansas (Southern Memorial Association of Washington County). 
The one with which I am most familiar is the Southern Memorial Association of which I am currently the president.  The Southern Memorial Association of Washington County was begun in 1872 and has had a continuous membership since then.  According to the Arkansas History Commission, the Southern Memorial Association of Washington County is the oldest known, continuous association formed by women in the state of Arkansas.
Maybe readers of this newsletter know of other ladies’ memorial associations founded back in the 1800s and still in existence?  If so, please send me the contact information as I would like to start compiling a list.
For information about the two ladies’ memorial associations mentioned above, visit their websites:
Ladies Memorial Association of Montgomery, Alabama:
Southern Memorial Association of Washington County, Arkansas:
Deo Vindice,
Mrs. Donna Schwieder