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United States Daughters of 1812

Located in Grand Rapids, MI


Our Motto: "Liberty, Fraternity and Unity

PURPOSE OF THE UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812

The purposes of this society shall be to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and traditions, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military and naval life of those who molded this government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, to maintain at National Headquarters a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period and to assist in the care and maintenance of our "Real Granddaughters" in every way that will add to their comfort and happiness.

It is our goal to preserve their history forever.


CHAPTER ORGANIZATION

Our chapter was founded by Organizing President Mrs. Robert (Ann) Preston Koeze in 1996. We have members from all across West Michigan from Traverse City south to Saugatuck. We are proud that one of our chapter members Mrs. Margaret Doud (Peggy) Christie of Traverse City served as President National of the Society 2003-2006.

Our chapter meets three to four times a year in the Greater Grand Rapids Area.

OUR CHAPTER NAMESAKE

Stephen Preston was born in Bedford Co., Virginia. He is listed in the Bedford County Order Books as an ensign in the Bedford Co Militia during the War of 1812. He married Frances Turner on 1 Feb 1831 and subsequently had nine children. Their family home was built on a little knoll near Glade Hill, VA and is still standing today.

Stephen was 6 ft. 1" tall and had blue eyes and curly sandy colored hair. He was a merchant and a farmer during his lifetime.


MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

President - Helene Werner
Registrar - Judy Hull

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CHAPTER MEETING

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017

Place: Russ' Restaurant - 3531 Alpine Ave NW, Grand Rapids (phone: 616-784-2230)
Time: 11:00 am
Bring: Agenda and Minutes
Agenda: October 11, 2017 Agenda

MEETING PHOTOS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017

MINUTES

June 14, 2017 Minutes
October 6, 2016 Minutes
June 4, 2016 Minutes


    JROTC AWARDS

May 2017 JROTC
Stephen Preston Chapter awarded three JROTC awards Grand Rapids High School recipients. Chapter Chairman M. Buurma represented our chapter and presented the awards and certificates.
JROTC Recipients: Congratulations to Draven Larrick, Esmeralda Florres and Kayla Cooperwood.

May 2016 JROTC
Stephen Preston Chapter awarded two JROTC awards at Ottawa High School. Chapter Chairman M. Buurma represented our chapter and presented the awards and certificates.
JROTC Recipients: Congratulations to Paola Diaz and Dazsha Crews.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Future Events to be posted here


LINKS

United States Daughters of 1812

General Alexander Macomb Chapter, U.S.D.1812

Michigan State Society U.S.Daughters of 1812

Common Corners, WMGS

Fort McHenry

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

National Museum of American History


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