ALL ABOUT OUR CHAPTER
WHEN WE MEET
We are an active group of women with a strong commitment to the ideals of our National Society: patriotism, service to our community and our country's veterans, education, and historic preservation. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month, at 10:00 a.m., from September through May, with no meeting in December. Most of the meetings are held in members' homes.
The Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter is the oldest chapter in New Mexico. Organized in 1898, before New Mexico became a state in 1912, it was first called the Sunshine Chapter.
In 1903, General Kearny’s daughter Ellen visited Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the U.S., and was a guest of the chapter. In 1905, the Santa Fe DAR members, desiring a chapter name of historical significance, voted to change the name to the Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter. The Daughters have placed a marker in the Santa Fe Plaza commemorating General Kearny’s 1846 annexation of New Mexico Territory for the United States of America.
WHAT WE DO
In September, we place displays in various places to commemorate Constitution Week. In November, we collect phone cards, gift cards, and books for the Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque; in December we participate in the "Wreaths Across America" Project.
We attend naturalization ceremonies when they are held in Santa Fe and give participants a miniature flag and a copy of the flag code. Our chapter has been instrumental in assisting in the research that has provided genealogical evidence of the Spanish patriots of the Santa Fe Presidio, making their descendants eligible for membership in DAR. A Christmas social is held the second Saturday of December for all DAR and SAR members and guests. In June, we participate in a Flag Ceremony on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe.