Before joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, some 50 years ago, Margaret “Pegi” Karsner Ivancevich grew up in the small town of Versailles, KY. Even before joining, she could be found as a small child helping her mother with local DAR events and meetings for the General Marquis Calmes Chapter. Since those distant years, Pegi has moved to Spring, Texas and currently belongs to the Heritage Trails Chapter.
Pegi served as the Texas DAR Schools Chair and the National Chairman of Junior Membership, the titles she held when she first discovered her love for Hindman Settlement School. In addition to being a member of the James Still Lifetime Giving Society, she set up a special endowment called Dana’s Childrens Fund, in memorium of her late daughter Dana. The fund has truly helped our mission to forward the education of children with special needs, which is what Dana was passionate about.
Pegi’s fondest memory, of Hindman comes from her 2011 visit. She brought her dear friends, and DAR sisters, Martha Cummings and Patti Fisher along with her. Remembering the visit, Pegi stated, “It was a chilly beautiful Appalachian Fall day as Mike Mullins shared the Settlement’s colorful history. Later in his log-cabin office, with the cool air seeping through the chinked gaps, he explained the plans for what he hoped could and would be built around the May Stone Building.”
Pegi has witnessed the visions and goals of the Settlement change throughout the decades and is now seeing that continue well into the new century, but one thing has held steadfast…our mission. We, no matter which decade, have continually strived to help the children of the Appalachian region.
She, like many others, are eagerly anticipating the August dedication of the Mike Mullins Cultural Heritage Center. We thank you Pegi! Without the generosity of kind people like you, we could not do the work we do.