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of early-American house holds," explained my guide, Mrs. Cecil Nor ton Broy, whose duties as curator of the mu seum also include charge of the historic rooms. "Each room is named for the State society which bought it. Various chapters and members contributed the furnish ings," she continued. "We have painted the , walls in authentic Wil liamsburg colors, and many of the Daughters i have donated cherished family heirlooms." On the grand tour we passed through halls lined with glass cases of colorful quilts and cov erlets, handmade before 1830. Peeping through doorways, I saw colonial parlors, music rooms, and libraries; an early American kitchen with massive fireplace (page 588); a time-mellowed bedroom, complete with four-poster bed and china washbowl set; and a charmingly gabled "children's attic" crammed with toys and relics. There were even baby shoes worn in 1763 575 and old alphabet plates Tamas of a long-lost "ABC" age (page 589). Tamassee School, S age page It brings "book learn Browsing antique fan- cut off from regular ciers find in these rooms hundreds of acres and such prized collectors' Duncan Smith School items as a chair in which Washington and Lafayette each sat, the man tel from a house where Henry Clay lived, and fifes, flutes, and drums whose martial notes once fired the spirits of fighting colonists. Most curious of all is the New Jersey room, whose woodwork and furniture are made of old ship's timbers, and whose stained-glass windows depict scenes of the Revolution. Wood panelings and Jacobean-style furni ture were all made from the reclaimed hulk of the British ship Augusta, sunk in the Dela ware channel during the 1777 battle for con trol of the Philadelphia approaches. To the public the State rooms may be little museums, but they are by no means limited to sight-seeing. At Continental Con gress time each namesake spot becomes a lively bit of home ground as State delegations National Geographic Photographer Robert F. Sisson see Sparks the Lamp of Knowledge outh Carolina, was founded by the Daughters in 1919. ing" and vocational training to descendants of pioneers schooling by mountain isolation. Tamassee now covers Senrolls 400 students. A similar DAR project, the Kate at Grant, Alabama, trains 550 boys and girls (page 580). and committees gather there for greetings and consultations. All over the buildings, in fact, one finds this home touch in plaques acknowledging dona tions from States, chapters, or individuals to ward building their national headquarters. It is an astonishing fact that no profes sional money raisers had a part in creating this vast edifice, now worth $7,000,000. At one fund-raising session many a Daughter pledged "the price of the hat on her head." Gifts have ranged from whole structural parts to the tiniest spoons for the banquet room. In Constitution Hall, for instance, the back of each seat bears the name of a specific donor, many of whom made the presentation as a memorial to a distinguished ancestor or to a beloved DAR officer or friend.