Butler County Chapter NSDAR Selects Joyce Porter Hammers, Woman In History
March is Women in History month and the Butler County Chapter NSDAR has chosen to recognize Joyce Porter Hammers as our Woman in History. Joyce was born in the Eden community of Butler County and continues to reside in that area. She was married to the late Floyd Hammers and has two children: Kelley (Leo) and Clark (Debbie). She has two grandchildren Dana Felty Bynum and Clark Thomas Hammers and is looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild. She is a member of the Butler County Chapter NSDAR, KY Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and is an honorary member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International. She was invited to be a member of DKG for her many historical presentations to area schools. Mrs. Hammers is also a certified lay minister for the United Methodist Church.
Joyce began painting at age 47 after her children were grown and has become an award winning artist. She has done numerous portraits, landscapes, florals, still life and also pen and ink drawings of many Butler County landmarks. Her works have been shown in art shows throughout Western Kentucky and beyond. There was always a love of art in the Hammers home with husband Floyd also being a recognized artist.
In addition to her painting Joyce enjoys presenting dramatic monologues of historical women. Her first was a portrayal of Methodist leader Susannah Wesley which has been presented throughout the state. Another character is the Pioneer Woman in the early settlement of Kentucky, which is an adaptation from the life of her ancestor Sarah Clark, the wife of Revolutionary soldier John Porter, Jr.
Joyce has also developed a program on Native American history which has been presented to area schools complete with Indian dress and many artifacts. Mrs. Hammers has recently enjoyed creating an award winning collage on the Civil War period in American history. This has been on display at Hobson House in Bowling Green and she currently has a Civil War exhibit at the Butler County Public Library. Still another project has been the application for a Kentucky Historical marker for Bishop John Monroe Moore, Morgantown native and nationally recognized leader in Methodist Church history. Joyce has just received notification of approval for the placement of the marker.
Please join the Butler County Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in recognizing Joyce Porter Hammers as our Woman in History on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Butler County Library.