2010 - 2013
Regent - Wendy Wyman
Vice Regent - Robin Powers
2nd Vice Regent - Nancy Malone
Chaplain - Jean Zwirek
Recording Secretary - Judy Sherpa
Corresponding Secretary - Barbara Sauvé
Registrar - Ashley Touw
Treasurer - Lynda Clark
Historian - Martha Domonkos
Librarian - Kathy Weakland
Curator - Jennifer Brylinski
|Seated: Wendy Wyman, Robin Powers, Nancy Malone, Kathy Weakland
Standing: Barbara Sauvé, Jean Zwirek, Lynda Clark, Jennifer Brylinski, Judy Sherpa, Ashley Touw
Meetings of the Chinkchewunska Chapter-DAR are held in Sussex,
New Jersey, unless otherwise stated. Guests and prospective
members are warmly welcomed at our meetings. If you are interested
in attending, please contact Barbara Sauvé at 973-875-4058
|September 17, 2012
Getting To Know Your Chapter,
Programs, & Committees
|October 15, 2012
Membership Tea and Award Ceremony
Hats and white gloves optional (but fun)
October 21, 2012
Not So Scary Halloween Party
DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
(Rain date: Oct. 28)
|November 10, 2012
Veteran’s Prayer Breakfast
DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
Program and breakfast
|December 11, 2012
Chapter Christmas Party
Details to follow
|February 16, 2013
Community Awards Luncheon
Lafayette House Restaurant in Lafayette
Awards for Community Service, History, Preservation, and the Ramsey/Stamy/Ayers Memorial Award
$5.00 per child
Easter Egg Hunt
DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
(Rain date: TBA at 12:00 PM)
$5.00 per child includes the Easter Egg Hunt, fun activities, and a photo with the Easter Bunny! We will also be giving tours of our historic museum and more!
For Advanced Registration - Recommended - please provide your family name, the number of children (and their ages)
For additional information: call 973-800-0458 or email
|April 27, 2013
Covered Dish Luncheon Honoring Good Citizens,
History Teacher of the Year, and
American History Essay winners
DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
|May 20, 2013
Tracing a Revolutionary War Soldier
|June 24, 2013
A History of the Cooper Weddings
July 26-27-28, 2013
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
Historic house tours
Frontier Guard (French & Indian War) and 27th Reg. NJ Volunteers (Civil War) re-enactors camping on grounds Vendors & crafters on grounds
Attic Treasure tables
|August 21, 2013
Trip to Ringwood Manor in Ringwood State Park, NJ
Lunch to follow
OF CHINCHEWUNKSA CHAPTER
On November 11, 1902, twelve women of Sussex County gathered
in Newton, to plan the formation of what would become Chinkchewunska
Chapter. A charter from the National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution was granted, and on January 12, 1903, the
chapter was organized. The chapter name originates from a Native
American word meaning hilltop town or town
on the side of a hill. The organizing regent was Miss
Frances A. McMurtry. At early chapter meetings, members read
papers that they wrote about American heroes and battle campaigns
of the Revolutionary War, the American flag, and patriotism.
Members expressed great interest in community, state, and national
glory of Chinkchewunska Chapter is the museum we own.
In 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ramsey presented us with the deed to a Dutch
colonial farmhouse, built in 1787 for the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, for
whom our museum is named. We also own six acres of land containing a large barn
and three historical outbuildings, a wagon house, Greek Revival privy, and ice
house. Remaining true to its origins, the only changes made to the house in all
these years are the additions of electric, plumbing, and heat. The home is listed
on both the New Jersey and the National Registers of Historic Sites and Places.
Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002.
DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum is located at 1097 Route
23, Wantage, New Jersey (4 miles north of the town of Sussex).
The museum is open from May 15 to October 15, on Thursdays
and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Come and spend
a day in the country with us.
For information, call Barbara Sauvé at 973-875-4058
continue to honor the goals of our founding members. Each year we present History
and Citizenship medals to grade school students. Good Citizen medals are
given to high school students, and we participate in the America History Essay
Contest for elementary students. We honor an American History Teacher of
the Year. We also annually honor a member of the community for outstanding service.
Our Chapter also recognizes a noted, local historian each year.
the 100 years of our Chapters existence, we have marked many historical
sites in Sussex County, as well as the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.
2012Donation to Toys for Tots
Chinkchewunska Chapter donated to Toys For Tots at their annual
Marine Major Charles Benbow accepted the toys from event chairman
Jennifer Wyman-Greenwald while Marine Corporal Adam Adams looks on.
Chinkchewunska Chapter receives recognition from NJ Historical Commission
Chinkchewunska Chapter received an Award of Recognition from the
Jersey Historical Commission for Outstanding Service to Public
Knowledge and Preservation of the History of New Jersey. Accepting
the award are: Kathy Weakland, Librarian; Jean Zwirek, Chaplain;
Wyman, Regent; and Sara Cureton, Director of the New Jersey
2012 Easter Egg Hunt at Van Bunschooten Museum
Chinkchewunska chapter members are ready for the hunt to begin!
On Sunday, April 1, 2012, our chapter members provided fun for everyone with an Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser at the DAR Van Bunschooten Museum.
Children and adults all had a wonderful time, enjoying special activities and posing for photos with the Easter bunny. Tours of the historic museum were available to all.
27, 2010 Awards Luncheon
On Saturday, February 27, 2010, the Chinckchewunska Chapter of the DAR held a luncheon to honor outstanding members of the community. This year's awards went to 3 deserving members. Maureen Lasslett received the Community Service Award; Wayne McCabe accepted the History award and Gerald DeGroat was honored for his support of the Rev. Van Bunschooten museum through the Ramsey/Stamy/Ayers award.
Ruth Ryno, NJDAR officer; Martha Dononkos, Chapter Historian; Bonnie Matthews, Chapter Treasurer; Wayne McCabe, History Award winner; Maureen Lasslett, Community Service award winner; Gerald DeGroat, Ramsey/Stamy/Ayers award winner; Wendy Wyman, Chapter Regent; Nancy Malone, Chapter Vice Regent; and Melva Murray, NJDAR officer.
23, 2008 Awards Luncheon
Chapter Awards Luncheon was held on Feb. 23rd 2008 at
the Lafayette House Restaurant in Lafayette, NJ. Pictured
standing are: John Covert, 27th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers
Co. F - Ramsey/Stamy/Ayers Memorial Award; Bea Kota; Martha
Domonkos; Wendy Wyman; Bonnie Matthews; Richard Clayton
and Nick Irons, Blue Kingths International Law Enforcement
Motorcycle Club NJIX, Community Service Award. Seated:
Rick Patterson, Preservation Award; Jessica Paladini,
Historically Significant Sites
year Sussex County places markers at historically significant
sites. The DAR Van Bunschooten Museum received one of
markers in June, 2006. The sign was dedicated at Christmas
complete with a musket and rifle salute by the Frontier
Guard and the
27th Regiment of NJ Volunteers.
awards luncheon was held on Feb. 24th at the Lafayette
Restaurant. We honored Suzanne Boland with the Community
Service Award; Myra Snook with the History Award; and
the Frontier Guard with the Stamy/Ayers Award. Pictured
standing are: Martha Domonkos, Mark Cocon
(Frontier Guard), Wendy Wyman, Assemblyman Guy Gregg,
Bea Kota, and Doug Pitchell (Frontier Guard). Seated:
Myra Snook and Suzanne Boland.
February display was placed in the Dorothy Henry Library
in McAfee, NJ by Jean Zwirek and Barbara Sauvé.
Five antique quilts dating from 1847 to 1890 are featured.
The patterns of the quilts are: a red calico Turkey Trot;
a silk, taffeta, and velvet Crazy Stitch carriage quilt;
a Log Cabin mourning quilt; a blue and white Shooting
Star; and a Friendship quilt where friends made individual
blocks and signed their block with their initials.
The sixth quilt in the display is a Bi-Centennial New
Jersey quilt made in 1976.
This quilt has appliques of the state bird, tree, flower
and a cornucopia to represent the Garden State. The center
is a farm scene to show Sussex County as a rural farming
community. This quilt won numerous ribbons at fairs and
shows and is now on permanent display at our museum.
(see photographs below)
Zwirek, Muriel Robertson, and Barbara Sauvé have
put our June
display at the Sussex Wantage Library. Featured are
patterns of china, cut glass goblets, and a selection
of silver from the
museum's collections. We also feature brides and have
a beautiful Irish
lace headpiece and veil worn by Muriel Robertson in
1949 and then by her daughter, Rosalyn Cosgrove, in
the 70's. Rosalyn also wore Muriel's
wedding dress. There is a picture of both of them in
A display on "Tracing Your Genealogy" has been
placed by the chapter in
the McAfee Library, McAfee, NJ.
Jean Zwirek, Barbara Sauvé,
Robertson designed the display using workbooks, family
computer software, and many reference books from the Van
Museum research library.
is also information on how to join the DAR and pamphlets
were left on the check-out counter of the library with
specific information on joining. The two paintings featured
were done by an award winning local artist, Kathi Sojka,
and depict the outbuildings at the museum. One shows the
barn, ice house, and privy and the other shows our wagon
house. Also included is an aerial photograph of the museum.
Our next display will be in June at the Sussex Wantage
Library and the theme will be china and crystal from the
Standing: Lee Daly, Wendy Wyman, Bonnie Matthews, Alan
Diane Taylor, Robert Coates, Bea Kota, Martha Domonkos
Seated: Clara Eastby, Susan Keenan, Betty Allen
chapter held its annual Awards Luncheon at the Lafayette
House Restaurant in February. Bea Kota, our regent, welcomed
over 150 guests. Bonnie Matthews, treasurer, introduced
our Community Service award winner, Diane Taylor. She
started a wonderful service program in Sussex County called
Pass It Along, which has benefited so many of our residents
in varied ways. Martha Domonkos, historian, introduced
Betty Allen who was our History Award winner. Betty is
the president of the Franklin Historical Society and she
has spent years promoting Sussex County history. Wendy
Wyman, vice regent, presented the Stamy/Ayers Award to
the Lost Art Lacers. This award is named for two wonderful
women who supported our chapter and museum for years and
the award is presented to someone who is not connected
with DAR but has given us outstanding support. The Lost
Art Lacers attend our Christmas In July event every year
and delight our visitors with their beautiful lace making
skills. Lee Daly, Susan Keenan, and Clara Eastby accepted
the award for their organization. The DAR Preservation
Award was given to Alan Terwilliger and Robert Coates
of Wantage. They are both school teachers and they had
their classes create a totem pole in Wantage Twp. to replace
a long standing totem pole landmark that was destroyed
in an auto accident. A wonderful time was had by all.
Jean Zwirek, Barbara Sauvé, and Muriel Robertson
have placed a display of hats from our museum collection
in the Sussex/Wantage Library for the month of October.
They used hats from all different eras and complimented
the hats with a parasol, gentlemens spats and gloves,
decorative hair combs, hat pins, fans, and vintage hat
The Friends of the Library have thanked us for our displays
and have asked us to do one for November (toys) and one
in June (crystal and china).
to right standing: Irene Cosh, Valerie Seufert, Elaine
Eberhart, Bonnie Matthews, Joanne Cosh, Bea Kota.
Sitting: Muriel Robertson, Jean Zwirek, Barbara Sauvé,
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