Karen has been a member of CVGS since 2010. She is Secretary of the CVGS Board of Directors and was recently Co-Chair for the 2013 Spring Seminar.
Born in Annapolis, MD and the daughter of a career naval officer, she married an Air Force pilot - and so has been fortunate to call home places as varied as Alaska, Japan, the Azores, Hawaii and Laredo, Texas, and has visited many more. Her favorite travel memories include spending Thanksgiving in an English pub, standing on a snowy deserted Great Wall in China, and watching an Alaska night sky fill with dancing northern lights. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in elementary education, but has been a teacher, a counselor and director of volunteers for the Red Cross, a published writer and a travel agent.
Aside from tracing her Norwegian, Irish and French Huguenot roots, Karen's interests are many, such as dollhouse miniatures, Hawaiian legends, the Iditarod, old Hollywood films, Britain's royal houses, native Alaskan ivory carvings, Southern fiction. and cookbook collecting. Karen is currently focused on recording her family's stories, traditions and anecdotes for her daughter and 11 year old grandson.
In our war for Independence, we honor heroes such as Nathan Hale, George Washington and Paul Revere. But today we’ll learn about the women who supported the patriotic cause in their own ways – sometimes even following their men onto the battlefields.