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Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society awards tribute to Beverly Hirt

Nov 03, 2013
Source: Submitted Participants in the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society Tribute Ceremony (l-r) included Kay Wood Bailey, immediate past president of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society; Joanne Masten, Smyrna mayor; Honoree Beverly Hirt, the director of the Smyrna Public Library; Alice Hohman, chairperson of the Smyrna Public Library Advisory Board; Regina Brown, vice mayor of Smyrna; Jane Schneider, 2013 Delaware Mother of Achievement and Smyrna Public Library clerk.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society has awarded a tribute to Smyrna Public Library Director Beverly Hirt. Over her 14 years of service as director, Hirt has volunteered her own time in the evenings and on weekends to search for answers to genealogical questions which have arrived at the Smyrna Public Library from the U.S. and abroad.

One of the inquiries came from France and requested information concerning World War II Major Frank Ross, an Army Air Force ace who was shot down there and was to be honored in that country.  Hirt found his burial site in a local Smyrna cemetery and also discovered a local relative, who then attended the Major Ross monument dedication in France.

The Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society had among its founders historians Irene Caley and her late husband George Caley. DDGS is a nonprofit organization established to further an interest in genealogical research. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend its meetings, which are held at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover. Email info@downstatedegenealogists.org for more information.

The Smyrna Public Library is at 107 South Main St. in Smyrna and is the oldest library in Kent County.  For more information, call 302-653-4579.

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