The Iowa State Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists presented their Medal of Honor certificate and medal to local author, Karla Wright, at their Sept. 27 meeting. The Medal can be awarded to someone in the community for meritorious service in historical, patriot or educational endeavors.


Wright was the guest at their meeting to tell about how her genealogy path led her to discover the stories, letters and artifacts that belonged to the Ankeny family. Her book, “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter,” is a combination of storytelling, genealogy, Iowa and American history. The main character, “Miss Hattie,” was an early DAR member and a delegate from Des Moines to the national convention in 1909. As a child she would pretend to vote with her father; her life concludes with the passage of the 19th amendment and her lifelong goal to vote for the President of the United States.


Wright’s fifth great-grandmother was an Ankeny resident. She will share her fascinating discoveries of Ankeny heirlooms and Civil War letters that are stored in the State of Iowa Historical Building. Wright’s genealogy research and unending curiosity about the Ankeny family resulted in uncovering the remarkable lives of the Ankenys and memorializing their lives in “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter.”


Wright is a retired Human Resource Management Consultant with a passion for family history and genealogy. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Honorary Order of the Maryland Signers of 1775 Declaration of Independence, Ankeny Iowa Genealogy Chapter, Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines Historical Society and State Historical Society of Iowa.


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