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May 5, 2013

NEWSMAKER: May 5, 2013

TERRE HAUTE — Carolyn Whitcomb Jeffries was installed as president of the State Huguenot Society of Indiana on April 21 at Meridian Hills Country Club of Indianapolis.

The State and National Huguenot societies are made up of descendants of a group of Protestants who became the center of religious and political quarrels of freedom in France. They followed the teachings of John Calvin and were members of the reformed church. The deadly fighting and massacres of Protestants began in 1547 and continued until shortly before the French Revolution in 1789. Most of the Huguenots were well-educated scholars, artists, excellent craftsmen in silver and textiles. They consequently, fled France to new homes in England, Prussia, The Netherlands, and America. Among those were many prominent family names in American history. Revere and Jay to name only a few.

Jeffries is a member and has served a number of genealogical societies both locally and statewide. She has been Parliamentarian general of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century.

She will again be installed as president of The Woman’s Department Club of Terre Haute at 507 South Sixth St., with other officers of the executive board of directors and chairmen of the various departments, including the officers if the junior department at 2 p.m. Saturday at the club house.

A collegiate scholarship will be presented to Kayla D. Lindsay of West Vigo High School, honor student and member of the junior department. David Mitchell will receive special recognition and presentation for his contributions to the Woman’s Department Club.

A tea and reception will follow at the club house.

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