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For the Win
Volume 152, Number 2
By Lena Anthony
Photograph courtesy of Twila Carter
When the Houston Astros won the World Series in November 2017, Twila Carter celebrated alongside fellow Houston residents and fans. This was the first World Series win for the team, and the victory came at just the right time—on the heels of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey just a few months before.
“It was a much-needed distraction for the entire city,” said the member of Twin Creeks DAR Chapter, Shenandoah, Texas. “Some people lost everything, and yet they talked about how exciting it was to watch the Astros win.”
For many Astros fans, winning the World Series can’t be topped. But Ms. Carter, who is executive director of the Astros Foundation and senior vice president of community relations, knows a big win is only the beginning. “I work in the feel-good side of baseball, so I know that winning the World Series means more support for our organization and a greater ability to help those in need,” she said.
The foundation has four main focus areas—youth baseball, homelessness, military appreciation and childhood cancer. Last year, it added a fifth—relief efforts in the wake of August 2017’s devastating hurricane. Astros owners and the foundation have already donated $4 million to Hurricane Harvey relief, and fundraising is still underway.
Ms. Carter started working for the Astros when Jim Crane purchased the franchise in 2011. She had previously worked for the owner in various capacities for more than a decade. She oversaw the construction of an airplane hangar and a 350,000-square-foot corporate headquarters. When she started with the Astros, she was the project manager for renovations to Minute Maid Park, including the addition of VIP rooms, a new team store and the Astros clubhouse. She also helped start the $18 million Community Leaders program, which renovates baseball and softball fields in city-owned public parks, ensuring at-risk Houston youth have a safe place to play.
After the World Series win, Ms. Carter received a letter of appreciation from a member of the community where one of the ballparks was installed. “He said that long before the Astros won the World Series, he already knew we were champions because of what we did for his community,” she recalled.
Ms. Carter thrives not on awards or recognition—although she’s received plenty of both—but on reactions, like the stunned silence of a sold-out crowd witnessing an on-field deployment ceremony for the 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion of the Texas National Guard in 2015, before it deployed to the Middle East.
“There were 42,000 people in the stands, and none of them made a peep as they witnessed this amazing sacrifice,” she said.
There was also the time the Astros invited local military families to a game—and surprised them with video messages from their loved ones deployed in Afghanistan.
“I cry every time I watch the footage,” she said. “It was a small thing for us to coordinate, but it made the biggest difference to these families.”
Ms. Carter credits her late grandfather for helping her understand the sacrifices service members make. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, during World War II, but didn’t talk to Ms. Carter about his service until he was much older.
“He was part of something so horrific, things we can’t even imagine, but he never lost sight of how proud he was to have served,” she said. “If there was a flag flying, even at a car dealership, he would stop to salute it.”
Her grandfather also inspired her to become more involved in the DAR. “When I saw his unfailing pride, a switch was flipped in me and I realized I had to do all I could to honor those who have given so much to our country,” Ms. Carter said. “And I am very fortunate that I get to do that through my work and service in DAR.”
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The Scoop on a Silversmith
Volume 152, Number 2, March/April 2018, Page 5
Photography by Mark Gulezian
Hester Bateman, a silversmith from London, England, made this ladle around 1777. Born in 1709 to a poor family, Bateman had no formal education. She married goldsmith John Bateman in 1730 and started working with him to learn the trade. When her husband died in 1760, Bateman inherited his business.
On April 16, 1761, she registered her maker’s mark—or a stamp to identify her wares—with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. It featured a script “HB” set inside a lozenge, or a diamond, shape, which was a traditional
symbol for a widow.
Until her retirement in 1790, Bateman made thousands of pieces ranging from simple spoons to elaborate hot water urns. Like many of her contemporaries, Bateman worked with manufactured sheet silver, the latest technological advancement of the time. She also kept up with current design trends, first working in the naturalistic rococo style and later switching to neoclassicism toward the end of the 1700s. Her prolific shop supplied items to retailers who resold them under their own identifying marks.
Made early in Bateman’s career, this ladle, with its scalloped sided bowl and shaped bottom, is in the exuberant rococo style. A specialist supplied her with this delicate turned handle made out of ebony or mahogany. Such ladles could be used to serve a variety of beverages from large bowls.
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State Pride on Display by Jamie Roberts
Hard-working and tenacious DAR members in 13 states and the District of Columbia have influenced the design of their states’ flags.
From German Immigrant to Revolutionary Caretaker by Nancy Mann Jackson
Almost 30 years after arriving in America, German immigrant Abigail Hartman Rice became a nurse to Colonial soldiers—while raising 21 children.
The High Cost of Freedom by Daniel Marrone, Ph.D.
Though New York delegate Francis Lewis faced arrest for signing the Declaration of Independence, it was his wife, Elizabeth Annesley Lewis, who ended up paying the highest price for her family’s brave stand for independence.
The First Woman Voter in America by Nancy Mann Jackson
Lydia Taft of Uxbridge, Mass., was reportedly the first woman to vote legally on American soil, and she did so in 1756, years before the United States even existed.
The Dilemma of a Desperate Colonial Housewife by Emily McMackin
In the summer of 1778, Bathsheba Spooner was driven to murder to save herself from a loveless marriage.
Spirited Adventures: Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va. by Bill Hudgins
Set sail to these Virginia cities full of history, military connections, watersports and year-round fun.
Historic Homes: Hopsewee Plantation by Bill Hudgins
Once home to the only father and son duo to serve as delegates to the First Continental Congress, South Carolina’s Hopsewee Plantation is now owned by a patriotic husband and wife team.
Our Patriots: Ann Fisher Miller by Nancy Mann Jackson
Despite her husband, Elijah, dying in battle and two sons succumbing to wartime disease, Miller demonstrated bravery, resilience and even hospitality in the face of personal grief.
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To Come in May/June 2018:
Bartram and Son: America’s First Botanists
Parson Weems and Colonial Revisionism
The Origin of Sewing Machines