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National President Jacob Shadinger

Bacone College enjoyed a two-day visit from members of the National Society Children of the American Revolution (NSCAR) recently as part of a service project tour.

Bacone College was chosen as a stop because of its rich American Indian heritage, said National President Jacob Shadinger from Rockford, Illinois.  

“We also have national programs, including veterans, conservation, patriotic education, and American Indian,” Shadinger said. “And during this revised regional tour we decided to give each region a specific focus. We thought Bacone would be a good place to learn about American Indian heritage and culture.”

The organization’s regional tour was affected by the covid 19 pandemic last year, “so in this year of recovery we decided to have an in-person service project in every region so our members could see each other again and we could give back to the community at the same time,” he said.

The tour began in Las Vegas where they did a flag retirement with the Boy Scouts, then Sedona, Arizona where they read to children at a daycare. Bacone College is the tour’s third stop of nine.

On Monday, the group toured campus and held meetings in the college’s American Indian Research Library.

“We present educational programs to our members, in form of skits usually, to teach our members about programs in a fun and encouraging way,” Shadinger said. “So, we had a filming day here. When we had a tour of the campus, all the halls, all the artwork, I was just blown away by how impressive everything is and the mission the school.”

On the second day the group had their in-person service project where all members were invited to come help serve Bacone in some way. The group of about 30 volunteers, from several states, worked on a landscaping project, weeding and mulching flower beds in the campus quad.

“Next, we are heading to Alabama to do the same thing at Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, he said. “We will have a filming day followed by another in-person service project.”