Today, our members come from all over the world, and represent a wide swath of society. We are housewives, teachers, doctors, journalists, interior designers; we have an actress, a judge, and a television news personality among us. But, when we gather together, we are all Daughters of the American Revolution honoring those men and women who helped achieve American independence.
Yet it is important to remember our past history beginning with the organization of the chapter in 1925 which consisted of thirty eight charter members. The organizing members included a Titanic survivor, Elisabeth Walton Allen; Adelaide Bragg Gillespie, an author; Martha Washington Agerter Jenks, director of a film company, and Marguerita Lott, a clerk at the United States Embassy.
These original members were very much involved in the life of their adopted country, honouring our patriot ancestors and strengthening the friendship between the American people and the people of Great Britain by supporting education and playing their part during the two World Wars. We continue in that spirit today, supporting Sulgrave Manor in Oxfordshire, one of the historic homes of the Washington family, and encouraging the work of the American Museum in Britain. The Benjamin Franklin House is a long-standing commitment, and the 2nd Air Division (USAAF) Memorial Library in Norwich is another project close to our hearts.
One of our objectives is to carry out the injunction of George Washington in his farewell address to the American people, “to promote as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens abroad.”