Montpelier project approved by DAR

Published 6:11 pm Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two local William Taylor Chapter members, Regent Merny Erby, of Victoria, and State Chaplain Milly Casey, of Gasburg, attended the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution State Board of Management meeting held July 16, in Bristol.

They joined 234 other members from 116 chapters across Virginia in approving State Regent Judith Joy Surber’s project of underwriting a conference room at the new Claude Moore Hall, Center for the Constitution at Montpelier, home of James Madison, at a cost of $200,000.

According to Madison, the father of the constitution, “Every word of the Constitution decides a question between power and liberty.”

Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, a teaching academy, has engaged tens of thousands of professionals from all 50 states and more than 90 nations in the theory and practice of the United States Constitution.

Construction has begun on a state-of-the-art $4.7 million building containing meeting and classroom facilities, offices and a media center for video interviews and professional productions. This new building will allow the center to extend its reach to a larger community of adult learners, alumni and constitutional leaders who make up its audience.