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Arapahoe Chapter, Boulder, Colorado

 

 
bulletThe National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was  founded in 1890.  It is  a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.  Since its founding, DAR has admitted more than 800,000 members and currently boasts 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally, including all 50 states and Washington, D.C.  International chapters are in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom.
bullet The Arapahoe Chapter's initial members in 1910 were the wives of Boulder’s Founding Fathers; its mayors, University of Colorado professors, bank presidents, physicians, mining magnates, real estate moguls, farmers, ranchers, financiers, government officials, businessmen, judges, and other elected officials.  As women of distinction and influence, they were dedicated to building the community through their work in the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as through other organizations such as the Woman’s Relief Corps and the Fortnightly Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Lena Moys,
First Regent of the Arapahoe Chapter

 

bullet In the early years, the meetings were very formal and a “musicale” was always performed.  Through the 1950’s the Daily Camera had a reporter cover each meeting for the society page.  Meeting programs reflected the interests of the members and the important issues of the times, ranging from Revolutionary War history to Colorado history and conservation topics.  As WWI hovered on the horizon, retired military officers were invited to address the chapter. Immediately following the war, physicians talked about the threat of the influenza epidemic. Toward the end of the 1930’s, with war threatening again, speakers made presentations on the pressing issues of those days, whether local, national, or international.  After the war, members heard programs about the “Prospects of World Peace,” and the CU Dean of Women addressed the membership regarding “How a Changed World is Affecting Women.”
 
bulletToday's DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.  The Arapahoe Chapter has supported veterans and front line troops, from WWI to today’s conflict in Afghanistan. The chapter also provides scholarships to students, funds American Indian Schools founded by the National Society, and supports environmental and conservation programs.
 

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