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Tierra de Mesetas Chapter NSDAR

(Land of Mesas)

For the past five years, this small but dedicated chapter has accomplished the goals of the NSDAR - preserving history, promoting education, and fostering patriotism.

Preserving history activities have included: learning the organization of riflemen after the Civil War; programs on conservation and the history of the Sugarite Canyon; a program on Abraham Lincoln; visiting and supporting local museums; visiting the vast T O Ranch Hunting Lodge (Livestock Farm) to learn its homestead origin and enjoy Dutch Oven cuisine; as well as donating books to the DAR Library on the Folsom Community and Colfax County Descendants.

Promoting education activities have included: sponsoring the Liberty Day Kids who study the United States Constitution; writing letters to the local editor on the Constitution and education; promoting the American History Essay Contest in local schools (with a New Mexico State winner in 2008 and 2010); collecting soup labels and donations to support DAR schools; as well as writing an essay for Women's Issues.

Fostering patriotism activities have included: meeting the veterans at the local VFW; learning about the nursing program during WW II; providing essential items to Veterans Hospitals; remembering chapter members' own veterans and featuring DAR women serving America; as well as inviting local veterans to lunch to hear their war stories.

This chapter holds genealogy seminars open to everyone in the community and has welcomed new members along the way. Invitations are always open to the chapter meetings especially when there are visits from the New Mexico State Regent, a DAR Museum Docent, and many local speakers who so willingly share their knowledge and experience on history, education, and patriotism.

Both radio station KRTN and the local newspaper The Raton Range help promote the activities of this chapter with meeting announcements and special features on chapter activities.

Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month except the month the New Mexico State Conference is held, and in June, July, and August. For membership information in Tierra de Mesetas Chapter, you are cordially invited to contact us.

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