Anna Maria Pittman Chapter
Oregon State Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
Keizer, Oregon
Pink Rose Pink rose

The Anna Maria Pittman Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was chartered on December 4, 1985. The name of Anna Maria Pittman was chosen to honor an early Willamette Valley pioneer. In the book With Her Own Wings Vera Joyce Nelson gives the following: Anna Maria Pittman was an Oregon "first" in several respects. She was the first white woman to set foot on the site of the old Oregon mission; she was the first Oregon poetess; she was Oregon's first white bride; the first wife of Jason Lee; mother of the first white child born on what is now Oregon soil; and she was the first white woman to be buried under Oregon sod.

A pink rose was brought around Cape Horn and planted at the Lee Mission. Cuttings were given to visitors. Many of the Oregon bushes of this famous rose originated from cuttings of the one at the Jason Lee Mission. Some may still be found at the Willamette Mission State Park, north of Keizer, Oregon. Each May, in tribute to the chapter namesake, members gather at her grave in the Lee Mission Cemetery in Salem, bringing flowers from their gardens to place on her grave. A brief ceremony commemorating Anna Maria Pittman is conducted by the chapter Chaplain. This has been an annual tradition since the chapter's chartering.


The Objectives of this Society

Historic Preservation
Patriotic Endeavor
Promotion of Education

To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and woman who achieved American Independence
...to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom.
...to foster true patriotism and love of country...
and to aid in securing for mankind all the possessions of liberty.

 
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