Susan Crump Thorpe was honored to receive a second place win in the National American Heritage Award for Art at the 125th Continental Congress of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR) held in Washington, D.C. Thorpe is a member of the Grayson Springs Chapter, NSDAR in Leitchfield, KY. This is the first national DAR award for Thorpe and the Grayson Springs Chapter.
Her winning entry includes four genealogy fan charts showing her family and containing over 200 names of ancestors. It is a 24” by 36” mixed media – pen and ink on the fans and water color on the major Coats of Arms around the fans. It competed in the miscellaneous category and had to pass committee, then pass at the state level before going on to compete at the national level against 2,000 entries. Thorpe’s award was presented by the National Chairwoman, Annalisa Lauer Hansing.
Thorpe has been painting since 1985 and is self-taught. She has painted on canvas, murals, fabric, glass, metal, rock, and bone. She is certified in water color, oil, tole, and decorative painting and has taught classes and seminars in several states. Thorpe has also done the painting for the Grayson County Bicentennial, Old Leitchfield Depot, two for Grayson County Homemakers, and Grayson County School, which were made into prints. She estimates that she has done about 450 paintings to date.
Thorpe started researching genealogy in 1988 and has several branches of her family tree back to the Holy Land. She has 23 books of family data charts on the ancestors of her children—both her family and her husband’s—and is now considered the family genealogist for both families. She wanted to be a member of DAR since she found her patriot several years ago.
“This is a good organization, and we have a great group of women in our chapter,” said Thorpe. “We owe the founding of Grayson Springs Chapter, NSDAR to the hard work and diligence of Rose Booth. Our current Regent, Donna Wilson, is continuing in her footsteps. I encourage any woman interested in her roots, her nation, and her community to come to a meeting.”
DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Any woman 18 years or older may join the DAR by documenting her lineage to an ancestor, either male or female, who aided the cause of American independence through military, civil, or patriotic service. DAR volunteers will provide guidance and assistance with the application process.
For anyone desiring more information, please contact Donna Wilson at 270-879-3082 or email@example.com or Rose Booth at 270-589-4750.