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Chinkchewunska Chapter - Wantage, New Jersey - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
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OFFICERS 2016 - 2019
Chinkchewunska Chapter


Ashley Ziccardi

Vice Regent

Laura Franek

Kathy Cook
Recording Secretary
Donna Templeton
Corresponding Secretary
Mary Smith
Lyle Timpson
Arlene Blazier
Assistant Treasurer
Betty Manzi
Allyn Perry
Kathy Weakland
Batty Manzi


2016-2019 Chinkchewunska Executive Board

Front Row:
Lyle Timpson, Registra; Laura Franek, Vice Regent; Ashley Ziccardi, Regent; Arlene Blazier, Treasurer; Mary Smith, Corresponding Secretary.

Back Row:
Donna Templeton, Recording Secretary; Allyn Perry, Historian; Kathy Weakland, Librarian, Betty Manzi, Asst. Treasuer & Curator; Kathy Cook, Chaplain


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 Lisaann Permunian or

July 22-24, 2016

Christmas in July - 11:00am-4:00pm


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 affairs.
The crowning 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.

Chinkchewunska Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002.

The 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 most Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Please contact Tanya O'Shea at to confirm the operating hours of the museum before planning your visit. Come and spend a day in the country with us.


We 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.

During the 100 years of our Chapter’s existence, we have marked many historical sites in Sussex County, as well as the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.

2012Donation to Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots Donation

Chinkchewunska Chapter donated to Toys For Tots at their annual Christmas party.  
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
New 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;
Wendy Wyman, Regent; and Sara Cureton, Director of the New Jersey
Historical Commission.


February 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.

2010 Awards Luncheon

Pictured are:
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.



February 23, 2008 Awards Luncheon

Chinkchewunska Chapter Awards Luncheon held  Feb. 23 2008

Chinkchewunska 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, History Award.

Recognizing Historically Significant Sites

Each year Sussex County places markers at historically significant
sites. The DAR Van Bunschooten Museum received one of these beautiful
markers in June, 2006. The sign was dedicated at Christmas In July,
complete with a musket and rifle salute by the Frontier Guard and the
27th Regiment of NJ Volunteers.


February 2007

Our awards luncheon was held on Feb. 24th at the Lafayette House
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 2007 Awards Luncheon Photograph


Our 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)
February 2007 display

June 2006

Jean Zwirek, Muriel Robertson, and Barbara Sauvé have put our June
display at the Sussex Wantage Library. Featured are five different
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 the display.


Book display at McAfee Library

MARCH 2006
A display on "Tracing Your Genealogy" has been placed by the chapter in the McAfee Library, McAfee, NJ.

Jean Zwirek, Barbara Sauvé, and Muriel Robertson designed the display using workbooks, family tree charts, computer software, and many reference books from the Van Bunschooten Museum research library.

Genealogy books on display in March 2006
There 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 museum's collection.

2006 Annual Awards Luncheon February 2006
Standing: Lee Daly, Wendy Wyman, Bonnie Matthews, Alan Terwilliger,
Diane Taylor, Robert Coates, Bea Kota, Martha Domonkos
Seated: Clara Eastby, Susan Keenan, Betty Allen

Our 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.



October 2005 project - display of hats in the Sussex/Wantage Library

October 2005
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, gentlemen’s spats and gloves, decorative hair combs, hat pins, fans, and vintage hat boxes.

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).


Chinkchewunska Chapter Officers
Left to right standing: Irene Cosh, Valerie Seufert, Elaine Eberhart, Bonnie Matthews, Joanne Cosh, Bea Kota.
Sitting: Muriel Robertson, Jean Zwirek, Barbara Sauvé, Wendy Wyman

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