The Noah Coleman Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapter presented Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman with the DAR 2014 Woman in American History Award.

The Noah Coleman Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapter presented Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman with the DAR 2014 Woman in American History Award.

The awarded was presented during the DAR April 19, 2014 Chapter meeting held at Sybill’s Restaurant in St. James.  

Luge Hardman was born Lula Mae Pate in Mena, Arkansas Nov. 1, 1949.  She was the second of six children born to Doyle and Marie Pate.  She graduated from Mena High School in 1967, Henderson State University in 1971, and the University of Central Missouri graduate school in 1984.  She has served as an adjunct American History Instructor for Drury University for over 20 years. 

She taught for the Waynesville R-VI School District as a History teacher, first at Wood Middle School, then at Waynesville High School, from 1971, until she retired in 2001.

Just before she retired, she won the Missouri State DAR American History Teacher of the Year in 2001, as nominated by the Noah Coleman Chapter.  She was also honored as the Missouri Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2001, by the Missouri Council on the Social Studies. 

 Luge is married to Paul X. Hardman II, a son of Waynesville teachers, in 1974, who is now a retired Postal Clerk.  They have two children, Ryann and Paul III, and seven grandchildren.

In 2003, Hardman began her political career, being elected to the Waynesville City Council.  She had begun volunteering with the Waynesville Park Board in the 1990’s and was elected Mayor of Waynesville in 2012, all without pay.  While she was on the Park Board she helped promote improvements to the City Park and playground and added the Roubidoux Walking Trail.  The Board received the National Park Board of the Year Award in 2006 for their improvements and efforts.  Hardman was also instrumental in bringing the Smithsonian on Main Street exhibit to Waynesville in 2010.

Hardman has initiated applications for grants to preserve and improve the historic downtown square around the Pulaski County Courthouse. With these grants a new clock, new lighting, welcome signs, sidewalks and landscaping were installed and paid for in keeping with its location on Old Route 66.  Waynesville was awarded a place on the Purple Heart Trail in 2013 for its support of Disabled American Vets.  

As mayor, Harmdan has continued her efforts for historic preservation and improvements, presiding over the City Council meetings.  She has been an outstanding liaison between Waynesville and Fort Leonard Wood in the effort to keep our military post open and in full operation.  She has worked tirelessly to bring new businesses and new ground breaking for growth of the Ozark Technical College, the B & B Theaters, the new location for Columbia College, the new VA Clinic, two new shopping centers, and the expansion of the Phelps County Medical Center to Waynesville.

 Hardman  proudly refers to herself as the “downtown lady”, for her work in revitalizing a neglected downtown square area and with the help of the downtown business community and local developers, over $4,000,000 has been invested in the downtown area since the initial sidewalk and lighting grant of 2005. 

Hardman has been composing and emailing monthly newsletters to residents to keep them informed since her election to City Council.  As mayor, she continues to edit a monthly newsletter for Waynesville citizens, the Chamber of Commerce and city websites, and the newspaper.  She has overseen the research and building of the Waynesville City website. 

 She has been involved in the building of the new road to the high school and improvement of that intersection, a new road to FLW, and the planning of a round-about for the intersection of T-Highway and Highway 17. 

She has overseen the building of sidewalks across from the Middle School on Highway 17 and the recovery of the city from the massive flooding of August, 2013 which is still in progress.  Several city services have had to be relocated, and repairs to roads and bridges are still needed.

  She has also been leading the effort with the National Park Service to install an historic landmark and interpretive walking trail at Laughlin Park to highlight the Cherokee Encampment along the Roubidoux Creek, as part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.  She is now promoting her vision for a handicap accessible playground in the City Park.

The Noah Coleman DAR Chapter is honored to be able to recognize Mayor Luge Hardman for their Women in American History Project Award for 2014, “because she is making history.”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit