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The Centennial State Chapter  was founded on September 17, 1904, at Greeley, Colorado.   It was chartered by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which was founded on October 11, 1890. The Organizing Regent was Mrs. Sarah Carr Hogarty (Mrs. M.J.). The name for this Chapter was selected because Colorado was the centennial state having been admitted to the union in the centennial year of American Independence, 1876, as the 38th state.

The Enterpean Club of Mount Vernon presented Centennial State Chapter with their gavel on June 14, 1905, as that club was disbanding. The connection between the two clubs was formed because the only veteran of the War of 1812 from Colorado was buried at Mount Vernon. The United States Daughters of 1812 placed a marker on his grave.

Article II of our by-laws states: "The objects of this society shall be to keep alive the spirit of patriotism; to perpetuate the memory of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to encourage historical research; to collect and preserve relics, records and documents relating to patriots; to the founders of the State of Colorado and to the early history of the Greeley Colony; to mark places of historical interest and to promote the celebration of patriotic anniversaries."

From inception, this chapter has been involved in projects that: advance education and patriotism, preserve historical sites and history, and uphold the Constitution of the United State of America. Some of these projects are marking and maintaining historical markers and monuments, donating to special schools that keep children from falling through the cracks, sponsoring scholarships and contests with rewards for excellence. This chapter awards a medal for excellence to an outstanding ROTC cadet at the University of Northern Colorado each year. Participating in various patriotic events is another chapter activity.

This chapter has a history of serving the community wherever needed. During wartime, chapter members worked with the Red Cross making pillows for the hospitals, collecting linens, and donating money to help purchase a blood plasma truck. This is but one example of DAR dedication to the welfare of our country. When duty calls, DAR answers the call. United We Stand.

What Centennial State Chapter Has Been Up To...

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   Preservation of markers on 10th Street in Greeley

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   National Winner of the DAR Chapter Revitalization Award 2003.

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   Membership computer workshops

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   History Nights

In 2003, Past Regent & State Organizing Secretary, Jan Livingston planned four History Nights which she hosted in her home.  Members and Guests were invited to attend these evening events where Jan prepared information on the French and Indian War, The Seven Years War, The Treaty of Paris, The Louisiana Purchase, The Spanish American War and the War of 1812.  Jan's History Nights for 2004 revolved around the "Revolutionary War and it's battles".  We anticipate what will be on the menu each summer. 

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    Reinstatement of C.A.R. Chapter, officially reinstated on November 17th, 2004

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    Photos of Weld County Cemetery Headstones on-line

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    Regent and Vice Regent visits to members

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    Good Citizen Awards in Weld County High Schools

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    Junior American Citizen Awards in Weld County Schools

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    American History Awards in Weld County Schools

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    Formation of Centennial State Chapter "Cameo Society"

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    GRC Indexing - President General's Project

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    Chapter Handbook and Yearbook Maintenance

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    Quarterly Newsletter

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    100 Year Chapter History Project

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    Index of Chapter Library

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    100th Anniversary Celebration

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    Update and Modernization of Chapter Website

 

 

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