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Mannon Presents “Benedict Arnold, Hero and Traitor”

(MENA)  The James K. Polk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a guest speaker for its April meeting, with Joe Mannon,

Mannon is a wonderful storyteller and kept everyone on the edge of their seat.

Everyone knows that Benedict Arnold was a traitor, but little is known about why such a trusted general in George Washington’s Army could turn traitor.

As Bannon told the story of Arnold’s injury while leading the Battle of Saratoga where he was a hero, and then Arnold’s disappointments later that lead to his decision to turn traitor in America’s war for independence from Great Britain, everyone became so caught up in Bannon’s story that an hour passed without notice.

Now living in Mena, Mannon grew up in Mansfield, Arkansas, and earned his degree in history from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, and later gaining his Master Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Bannon taught high school history, was a high school principal, and assistant superintendent in two different school districts.

All together, Bannon spent over 30 years in public education.  And for the past twenty-plus years, he has been a Sunday School Teacher, for an adult Sunday School class at the First United Methodist Church in Mena

The next meeting of the DAR will be held on May 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Lime Tree Restaurant. The program is being presented by the OLT / Ouachita Little Theatre, The topic for the presentation will be “History of the Ouachita Little Theater.”

For information about membership in the James K. Polk Chapter of DAR, for ladies living in the Mena area, you are encouraged to contact Dotty Kinnun, Registrar (, or call Corkie Copher at (870) 334-2697.

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