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Inside this Issue

May/June 2018

Glimpse into the lives and passions of the diverse group of women who comprise today’s DAR membership.

National Treasures
Take a step inside the DAR Museum for a closer look at its fascinating collection.

More Articles
Learn about the interesting historical articles from this issue.

To Come in Our Next Issue
Preview the exciting stories to be featured in the next issue of American Spirit.

Today's Daughters
The Dog Detective

Volume 152, Number 3
By Lena Anthony
Photograph courtesy of Barbara Doty

California Daughter and veterinarian helps solve medical mysteries affecting her four-legged patients

It might be tempting to categorize all of Dr. Barbara Doty’s patients as furry. After all, she is a veterinarian who works exclusively on cats and dogs. But, to call all of her patients furry would be forgetting about Lucy, a border collie with a terrible skin condition that caused her to lose all her hair—and now it won’t grow back.

After being poked and prodded by other veterinarians, including a dermatologist, Lucy’s owner brought her to Dr. Doty at Villa Animal Hospital in Orange, Calif. As a general practitioner, Dr. Doty diagnoses and treats all types of medical conditions, from the mundane to the extremely rare.  She is hopeful that she’ll be able to help Lucy regain her “furry” status. 

“My job is a lot like solving a mystery,” said Dr. Doty, a member of Katuktu DAR Chapter, Tustin, Calif. “When a dog goes bald, there’s clearly something wrong, but what is it? Like a detective, I use the evidence, including 10 years of medical records, and critical thinking to figure it out.”

On any given day, Dr. Doty and her staff see about 30 four-legged patients. The most routine cases involve administering vaccines or cleaning a pet’s teeth. But she thrives on treating more complex conditions such as allergies, heart disease, bone infections and muscle atrophy.

“My goal is to cure the problem using every tool available, be it traditional or alternative,” she said.

Dr. Doty was in middle school when she decided to become a veterinarian. “It was the sixties in California, and we all wanted to save the world,” she said. “I decided I would save the animals.”

She moved to Idaho for college, where she met her husband, Tim, before attending veterinary school at the University of California–Davis. It was there that she honed her diagnostic skills.

“It prepared us to be critical thinkers, and in fact many of my classmates are the specialists or colleagues I consult with now on complex cases,” she said.

Outside of her busy practice, which she purchased in 2004, Dr. Doty is a tireless advocate for animals. She offers low-cost boarding for guide dogs and surgically sterilizes feral cats. Her family, which includes three now-grown children, has also raised four future guide dogs.

“My youngest son wanted a dog, but my husband and I were looking ahead to the future and weren’t sure we wanted a dog when our children were grown,” she said. “Dogs can live for 14 years. Raising a guide dog, on the other hand, is an 18-month commitment. So, he got to have dogs and do something awesome, but we don’t have an aging dog and can travel freely.”

Dr. Doty once spent much of her time off exercising and gardening, but a new passion has supplanted these hobbies—genealogy. As Chapter Registrar since 2015, Dr. Doty helps prospective members track down the missing links in their DAR applications. She even has a motto: “No prospective member left behind.”

As a result, she digs up old applications that were rejected and encourages those women to start over. She helps them by applying those same critical thinking skills she uses in her veterinary practice.

She joined the DAR with her mother, after bonding over genealogy and stories about their family history. “At the time, my dad was ill,” she said. “Genealogy gave us something other than his illness to talk about. Honestly, my interest was marginal at that time. My real interest was in supporting my mom.”

After joining more than a decade ago, her enthusiasm for all things DAR has blossomed. “I enjoy the women and the service we do together,” she said. “And as the mother of an Air Force major, I especially appreciate all of the work we do to support active military and veterans.”

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National Treasures
For Love of Lepidoptera

Volume 152, Number 

English engraver and entomologist Moses Harris first published The Aurelian: or, Natural History of English Insects in 1766. (A person who studies moths and butterflies is a lepidopterist, or what was once known as an aurelian.) The Aurelian featured more than 40 hand-colored prints and corresponding text, including this engraving depicting the life cycle of a small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly (Boloria selene) and a Clifden nonpareil moth (Catocala fraxini). Harris’s original engraving was dedicated to “The Hon[ora]ble Norborne Berkeley,” a notation found in the 1839 version in the DAR Museum’s collection.

Harris’s use of vibrant colors harkens back to his earlier work examining variations on colors and color mixing called Natural System of Colours, which was based on previous research done by Sir Isaac Newton. Harris was an accomplished artist, supplying artwork for English scientist Dru Drury’s Illustrations of Natural History (1770–1782) as well as John Coakley Lettsom’s The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion (1772). Harris also exhibited some of his illustrated works on butterflies at the Royal Academy in London.

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More Articles

Visions of America: Historic City Markets by Courtney Peter
In the 18th and 19th centuries, in city centers from coast to coast, farmers, bakers and craftsmen gathered at vast, multi-vendor marketplaces to trade their wares. Many of these historic city markets are still thriving.

Parson Weems and Colonial Revisionism by Bill Hudgins
In several biographies of early Patriots, Parson Weems did such a masterful job inventing myths of the early American era that we still recite those legends as facts today.

A Time to Sew: How the Invention of the Sewing Machine Altered American Life by Bill Hudgins
Though Elias Howe is regarded as the inventor of the sewing machine, he was only one of many who contributed to its development.

Bartram and Son: America’s First Botanists by Sharon McDonnell
Often called the Father of American Botany, John Bartram, a Pennsylvania Quaker, collected and cultivated 200 plant species throughout the 18th cen­tury. His son William found even more.

Ann Bartram Carr: Botanist, Artist, Businesswoman by Meredith Shakespeare
The granddaughter of John Bartram helped further the family’s botanical legacy, which is still evident at Bartram’s Garden, a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.


Spirited Adventures: Milwaukee, Wis. by Abbey Dean
Once a fur-trading post, Wisconsin’s largest city grew into a Midwestern manufacturing and industry hub. Today it lures visitors to attractions that highlight its eclectic international heritage and finesse for brewing beer.

Historic Homes: Hawaiian Mission Houses and Mormon Row Historic District by Jamie Roberts
For New England missionaries to Hawaii in 1820 and Mormon settlers to Wyoming near the turn of the 20th century, learning a new land and culture took grit and perseverance.

Our Patriots: John Sevier by Lena Anthony
A Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain who later went on to be the first governor of Tennessee, Sevier also courted controversy as leader of the short-lived state of Franklin.

Plus the President General’s Message and Whatnot

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To Come in July/August 2018:

John Singleton Copley, Colonial America’s Portraitist

Early American Logistics: The Conestoga Wagon

Family-Owned Orchards