Joan Hill Hanks Receives Spirit Of 1812 Award

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Joan Hill Hanks of Signal Mountain and Pat Pelfrey of Flintstone, president of the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter United States Daughters of 1812.
Joan Hill Hanks of Signal Mountain and Pat Pelfrey of Flintstone, president of the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter United States Daughters of 1812.

The Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter, Chattanooga’s only Daughters of 1812 chapter, presented the “Spirit of 1812 Award” medal to Joan Hill Hanks of Signal Mountain. 

The “Spirit of 1812 Award” medal is awarded to an individual or organization with a distinguished record of study, promotion and dedication to the preservation of the history of people, places and events of the War of 1812. The candidate must have demonstrated a committed effort to preserve a certain aspect of the War of 1812 and the culture of the time period. The award is sponsored by the local chapter, approved by the State organization and then approved by the National organization.  The purpose of this award is to recognize and thank those that are keeping the history of the War of 1812 alive.

Ms. Hanks is a native of Chattanooga and has been involved in Lineage Society work for over 30 years. She is a past president of the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter and is presently an honorary state president of the Daughters of 1812 for the State of Tennessee.  Ms. Hanks participated in three foreign overseas tours with the National Society USD 1812, visiting Dartmoor Prison near Plymouth, Ingland; Ghent, Belgium where the Treaty ending the War of 1812 was signed; and South America where we have 58 1812 sailors buried in Chile. She has has held various State and Chapter offices and served as State President from 1994-1997. 

Ms. Hanks wrote the Tennessee State Bicentennial Rap in 1996 because she wanted everybody to know that we are called the Volunteer State from the War of 1812. She has performed her “Tennessee Rap” across the state over 50 times, including television in Nashville and Chattanooga, and on the World’s Fair Stage in Knoxville with Wilma Dykdman and the UT Singers.

Ms. Hanks is now featured on the Center of Popular Music’s website at Middle Tennessee State University called “The Homeland Series”.  She attended the reception launching the new website: http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/Homeland/index.html on Nov. 16, 2012. They toured the Center which has the largest collection of all types of music in the world. Many foreigners visit the collection as they are aware of this collection than we here in America seem to be. If you go to the website listed above, click on State Songs, you will find a listing on the right of State Songs. Scroll down to the Tennessee Bicentennial Rap 1776-1996 and you can hear Ms. Hanks rap.



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