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Beacon Fire Chapter, NSDAR, Summit NJ
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Brief History:
The Beacon Fire Chapter DAR was founded in Summit, NJ in December, 1922. The chapter takes its name from the signal fire atop a hill "about a mile southeast of Chatham Bridge" during the American Revolutionary War. The hill became known as Beacon Hill. For 94 years, the chapter has worked in the local community to advance the DAR objectives of preserving history, providing education, and promoting patriotism.
Chapter Officers:

REGENT, Ruth Huneke
1st VICE REGENT,  Lois Hageman
2nd VICE REGENT, Sherel Hersch
CHAPLAIN,   Marie Robertson
TREASURER,  Lesley Quinlan
REGISTRAR,   Patricia Black
HISTORIAN,  Shirley Bittman
LIBRARIAN,  Cindy Sullivan

How to Join:
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less that eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death. No Chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed.

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Beacon Fire DAR Programs & Events 2016-2017


Wednesday, September 14                                                  7:30 PM
“Kick–Off Meeting” Prospective Members welcome!   Share your Ancestors’
Stories.  Call 908-273 5251 for details.


Tuesday, October 11                                                             10:00 AM
Private Tour of the DAR owned Schuyler-Hamilton House where Alexander Hamilton courted Elizabeth Schuyler

Wednesday November 2                                                           7:30 PM
Book Club is Back! A discussion of Ron Chernow’s fascinating book Hamilton.


Wednesday, December 7                                                            12:00 PM
Christmas Luncheon Celebrating Beacon Fire’s 94th anniversary.    



Tuesday, January 11                                                                 10:00 AM
Chapter Board Meeting/Workshop


Tuesday, April 4                                                                          7:30 PM
“The Romance of the Revolution: The Love Story of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton”.  Open to the public, Summit Public Library

Wednesday, May 3                                                                    12:00 PM
Beacon Fire Chapter Spring Luncheon and annual reports


Monday, May 30                                                                         10:00 AM
Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony - Village Green, Summit, NJ

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