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Colorado Chapter, NSDAR

Serving the Denver metro area

Founded in 1904

Celebrating More than 100 Years

 
 

A typical Chapter meeting with guests
A typical Chapter meeting, including guests

Colorado Chapter, serving the Denver metro area, is more than 120 members strong. We usually meet on the fourth Friday or Saturday of each month, September through May. Each meeting lasts about two hours, including coffee and dessert, patriotic exercises, business and a program. Contact the chapter if you are interested in attending our meetings. We welcome prospective members. RSVP by emailing us here.

For our brochure, you can download it here.

swearing in of new officers

Colorado Chapter swears in new officers

Projects:

Colorado Chapter has celebrated its 100th anniversary by establishing the Colorado Chapter Centenntial Scholarship Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for Denver area women continuing their education as non-traditional students. These scholarships will be presented annually and several different scholarships will be available.

Honorary State Regent Linda Sandlin with Chapter members
Honorary State Regent Linda Sandlin with Chapter members

Our Colorado Chapter, in conjunction with the National Society, supports Project Patriot which sends care packages to USS Stennis aircraft carrier. Locally, we support our veteran patients at the Denver VA Center through Christmas presents, laprobes, and money for programs.

Additionally, we contribute to the Indian and DAR schools which include Bacone College, Kate Duncan Smith School, Crossnore, Tamassee, Berry College, and Chemawa Indian School.

Our Chapter also supports the Colorado State Society scholarships and work each year to find nominees for these scholarships. To learn more, please email us by clicking here.

Past projects for Colorado Chapter include: historic grave and site markers, tree planting, flag donations, laprobes for veterans, flag donations at naturalization ceremonies, city proclamations for Constitution, and Literacy weeks. The members created a needlepoint project for the NSDAR American Heritage Project.

Our Chapter gives awards for teenage Good Citizens and Commnity Service volunteers. We hold genealogy workshops for prospective members to help them research their lineage. Our Chapter's Bridge Marathon raises money for philanthropic causes.

Luncheon    Two new members are sworn in

 

Officers:

Regent: Ruth Sarvadi

1st Vice Regent: Wendy Becker

2nd Vice Regent:  

Chaplain: Joan Chaffin

Recording Secretary: Sharon Ford

Corresponding Secretary: Tina Dudley

Treasurer: Nancy Greenley

Registrar: Sandra Carter-Duff

Historian: Carolyn Mears

Librarian:  

 

The new officers getting installed
May 2005 Officer Installation

Honorary (Past) Chapter Regents

Jane Jeffries, 1967-1971

Honorary State Regent, Past Librarian General

Halcyon Dowson, 1981-1985

Corinne Rondinelli, 1985-1987

Ruth Polliard, 1991-1997

Helen Strader, 1997-1999

Anne Skinner, 1999-2001

Jane Buck, 2001-2005

Christine "Tina" Dudley, 2005-07

Constance "Stanzi" Lucy, 2007-09

Rosalind Grenfell 2009-11

How to Join:

Contact us to learn more by clicking here.

Our Registrar will provide assistance to our applicants in completing documentation. The applicant will need to show proof of direct lineage through birth/death certificates, land deeds or other types of proof. Our members are willing to help prospective members learn how to research their lineage through genealogy workshops and other types of help.

For more information on membership, you can visit this NSDAR Membership page.

Colorado Chapter - A Quick History

Colorado Chapter was founded in 1904 by the leading wives and daughters of some of the state's most prominent citizens. Colorado Chapter has more than 100 members, who remain committed to the values and ideals of its founding members - promoting educational, historical and civic causes.

Our founding members played an integral role in the region's development. It is important to remember that before women had the right to vote, their most effective means of influencing events was through their husbands, fathers or sons, and through women's groups like DAR. These women knew how to trigger the levers of power and entice those who could do right by the most worthy causes of the day.

Our first regent was Mary Goodell Grant, the wife of Colorado's second Territorial Governor and third State Governor, James B. Grant. The family came to Colorado in 1877, living first in Leadville, then relocating to Denver in 1882. The family home in Denver was later acquired by the Colorado Historical Museum and is now called the Grant-Humphreys Mansion.

Other Highlights:

1893: Charter member, Eliza F. Routt, was the first woman to cast her ballot when Colorado granted women's suffrage. She was the wife of the last Territorial Governor, State Governor and Denver mayor, John Routt.

1909: Alice Foster Cheesman and her daughter, Alice, renovated a former civil war cemetery to husband and father, Walter. The Cheesman Park Memorial still stands today as a monument to civic pride. In 1959, the Cheesman home became Colorado's official Governor's Residence.

1918-1919: Colorado Chapter's social meetings were abandoned in favor of Red Cross gauze work. One dollar per capita was taken from the Chapter treasury ($162) to purchase Liberty bonds. Fifty cents per capita were used to help restore the French village of Tilloloy. Colorado Chapter adopted three French orphans. The Chapter also provided 300 luncheons and one box of oranges for the soldiers at City Park on Colorado Day.

1923: Colorado Chapter received an invitation to the first Ball to be given by the crew of the brand new USS Colorado.

1924: The Chapter planted a large spruce tree in the Civic Center, specifying that it be used for Christmas decorating to save cutting other trees.

1927: The Chapter began to hold its meetings at the Denver Country Club. The tradition continues today.

The Depression Years: The Chapter shared financial responsibility with the State Board of Education for the salary of a teacher of Americanism and English for unemployed adults of foreign birth. The members supported Ellis Island and citizenship, including "adopting" a senior at East High School who enrolled at MIT after graduation.

World War II: The members logged 2,787 hours of work for the Red Cross committee. Colorado Chapter joined two other chapters at the Servicemen's Center - furnishing the fourth floor with comfy chairs, tables, a piano, and a flag. Every third week, chapter hostesses provided hospitality. Families also served the servicemen on an individual basis.

The Chapter's philanthropic work continues to this day. In the 1950s, an Iron Lung was donated to the Colorado General Hospital; presented a flag, a flagpole, and a bronze plaque to the Denver Botanic Gardens; and donated a flagpole, books, and tools to the Plains Conservation Center. The Chapter also participated in Operation Parent Lift during the Vietnam era. The Chapter's duty to education endures - Kate Duncan Smith School and Tamassee have received monetary assistance as well as clothing and item items. The Colorado Chapter sponsored, with other state chapters, Santa Fe Trail markers in Holly, CO, and Raton Pass. The Chapter restored a 1904 painted of Mrs. James Grant, the first regent of Colorado Chapter, and presented the painting to the Colorado Historical Society at the Grant Humphreys Mansion.

For the several years, Holm Elementary School has made cards for the Veteran Patients in Denver. Other schools have also made cards for the former soldiers.

Members of Interest:

Helen Barnum Buchtel, daughter of P.T. Barnum and wife of Dr. William Buchtel (who helped to found the University of Denver). Louella Tabor, wife of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor's son, Nathaniel, was an active member of the Chapter. Charter member Helen Brown Jones became the first woman President of the Denver Board of Education in 1913. Dr. Minnie C. Love started Children's Hospital and was elected to the Colorado State Legislature. Jane Jeffries, past member, has served as the National Librarian General.

Chapter Reminders:

* Remember to collect paperback books (no hardbacks) for the Books for Vets campaign. You can bring them to any meeting.

* Have you thought about serving as a committee chairman? We have opportunities in Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism as well as others.

* Remember to collect your can labels to help support the DAR schools. You can go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/ for a complete list. You can bring them to any meeting.

Colorado State Society, NSDAR

The Colorado State Society was founded in 1895. There are 42 chapters scattered across the state. It holds a State Conference every April. For more information on the State Society, please visit their website at http://www.coloradodar.org/

National Society, NSDAR

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors. It is a volunteer service organization whose members are descendants of the patriots that fought and won America's independence from Great Britain. The patriots were those who not only fought, but also lent aid and materials to the troops.

Any woman 18 years or older (Children of the American Revolution - CAR is for those younger than 18), regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineage is eligible to join NSDAR. The national society is comprised of more than 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and in many foreign countries. DAR members volunteer more than 55,000 hours annually and award more than $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid, which supporting schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding $1,000,000.

Contact Us: 

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Last updated: September 2, 2013.