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If you are interested in more information about our chapter or about DAR, how to become a member, researching your Patriot ancestor, or you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact our Chapter Regent, Beverly Przybylski, for the location of the meeting.

On February 21, 1896, a group of 17 women met under the guidance of Mary Phelps Montgomery in order to form the first Oregon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This chapter was named "Multnomah" to honor the great Indian Chief Multnomah, who lived on an island in the Columbia River, now known as Sauvie Island.

In 1914-1915, Mary Woodworth Patterson, the wife of the future Governor of Oregon, Isaac Lee Patterson, was the Regent of Multnomah Chapter. Each Regent still wears Mrs. Patterson’s original DAR insignia during her term. In 1929-1931, the Regent was Ruth Rose Richardson, a renowned Portland attorney. Through her efforts historical markers were placed throughout the state marking the graves of many founders and pioneers of Oregon. Under her leadership, Multnomah Chapter participated fully in the restoration of the three local DAR museums: Pioneer Mothers’ Memorial Cabin, Robert Newell House and Caples House. In 1970-1971, Multnomah Chapter purchased property on the river bank in Columbia City creating the Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park.

In 1985, a memorial drinking fountain, honoring Mary Phelps Montgomery, was dedicated by Multnomah Chapter in the foyer of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1996, Multnomah Chapter NSDAR celebrated its 100th birthday with an afternoon tea marking the beginning of the OSSDAR state conference.

Each year Multnomah Chapter contributes a Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.00 to a horticulture student at Oregon State University. The Leobold/Mann American History/Education Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded at Mount Hood Community College. Other awards given are for the American History Essay contest, Outstanding Teacher of American History, DAR Good Citizens and for outstanding work in American History. The chapter also gives recognition and awards at Chemawa Indian School for art, dance, and student travel expenses.

Certificate of Membership for Mary Phelps Montgomery, our Organizing Chapter Regent

Charter Members

Mrs. Mary Phelps Montgomery
Mrs. Anna Holbrook Withington
Mrs. Mary Hooper Holbrook
Mrs. Elizabeth Withington Ball
Mrs. Jane Lewis Chapin
Mrs. Mary Andrews Ladd
Mrs. Kate Stevens Bingham
Miss Eleanor E. Gile
Miss Gertrude E Heitshu
Miss Alice H. Heitshu
Mrs. Anna Atkinson Warren
Miss Bertha Stuart
Mrs. Jane C. Card
Miss Mayannah Woodward
Mrs. Katherine S. McCamant
Mrs. Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson
Miss Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson

Multnomah Chapter Officers

RegentBeverly Przybylski
Vice RegentVina Dreke
ChaplainSandra Dupuy
Recording SecretarySharon Sebbio
Corresponding SecretaryHelen Asplund
TreasurerSusan (Sue) Owen
RegistrarTerri Potts
HistorianKelly Wiggins
LibrarianDeanna Peterson
CustodianKelly Wiggins
DirectorsBarbara Niss
Anne Boutwell
Denali Porter

Multnomah Chapter Meetings and Programs

If you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact Chapter Regent Beverly Przybylski, or Chapter Registrar Terri Potts, for the location of the meeting. We meet at a central location close-in Northeast Portland which is accessible for mobility impaired persons. The facility has a free-to-guests parking for those who drive as well as parking on the street. For those who do not drive it is within a block of Trimet lines 12 (NE Sandy Blvd) and 19 (NE Glisan). We generally meet at 11:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except November and December. We hope to see you!

September 27, 2017; 11:00 a.m.:
“DAR Insignia: Pins Are Us” Presented by our Chapter Regent, Beverly Przybylski. If you have them, wear them to the meeting. If you don’t have any, we’ll tell you how to get them! Before the meeting, check out the national website for information on DAR Official Insignia. We’ll also talk about non-official DAR pins (those ‘other’ pins), where we can wear our pins and, if there is time, we will also talk about the permissible uses of the DAR insignia and the DAR logo and how they differ.

October 25, 2017; 11:00 a.m.:
Chemeketa Chapter member Day Westine will present, “Navajo Code Talkers.” The presentation is about how the Navajo helped to win WWII and what happened to the Navajo after the war. Please bring items to this meeting for Chemawa School donation.

November 16, 2017 (third Thursday); TBA:
Chapter members will attend a Naturalization Ceremony at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Ave., Portland (intersection of SW Salmon and SW Main) at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., depending on the court calendar. Metered parking is nearby and a Smart Park is on the corner of Yamhill and Third Avenue. The MAX stop is about three blocks away. If you choose MAX, get off at either the "Morrison/SW Third" stop (Westbound) or "Yamhill" stop (Eastbound.) Photo identification required to enter the Courthouse. Lunch on your own afterwards.

December 13, 2017 (second Wednesday); 11:30 a.m.:
American Indians Chair Sue Owen and Vice Regent Vina Dreke are planning a tour of
Chemawa Indian School, including lunch with the students. Group transportation will be arranged. If you wish to donate to the school or students, a list of needs will be made available from Sue. On-going needs can also be found on the American Indians DAR website. Reservation sign-up and pre-payment will be necessary in order to reserve and rent the appropriate size transport vehicle.

January 24, 2018; 11:00 a.m.:
Becky Taylor, State First Vice Regent, will share her experience on the Franco-American Alliance DAR tour in a program titled, “WWI Commemoration.” The program will include the history of the Flanders Poppy, and the exhibit at DAR Headquarters, “Women of Resilience: DAR Service in World War I.”

February 28, 2018; 11:00 a.m.:
At any time disaster can strike us personally or in our community. But there are things we can do now to prevent some disasters and to mitigate the effects of the ones we can't prevent. Disaster Preparedness starts with each of us. Chapter secretary and Red Cross Casework Supervisor Sharon Sebbio, will teach us how preparation now can truly make a big difference. And remember, hope is not a plan!

February is also Multnomah Chapters birthday month! Join us as we celebrate 122 years as Oregon's oldest chapter.

March 28, 2018 11:00 a.m.:
You know you're a Daughter of the American Revolution, but do you know your patriot ancestor? Chapter Vice Regent Vina Dreke will present “How to Research Your Patriot Ancestor” as she demonstrates for us how to use the DAR website and other online resources to discover our ancestor's life story.

April 25, 2018; TBA:
Field Trip! Chapter members will tour the Portland VA Hospital at 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd. We will go in small groups for about a 45-minute tour of a ward, the research building, the prosthetics clinic, and learn about the services being provided to patients with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. There will be places to sit along the way. We will plan to carpool. Lunch on your own afterwards.

The commissioning of the USS Portland is tentatively scheduled for this month. Although we won’t make this a chapter event, we can try to sit together as a DAR chapter.

May 23, 2018; 11:00 a.m.:
Join us for our annual meeting at the historic Caples House Museum Complex in Columbia City. Visit our chapter-owned parks—the Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park and Pixie Park. We will meet in the Knapp Social Center where we will have a memorial service, our business meeting with annual reports, and election of new chapter officers for the 2018-2020 term. Plan to tour the Dr. Charles Caples residence where an early medical practitioner lived and treated patients. A lovely doll museum is also on the premises. A delicious lunch will be served by the Mount. St. Helen’s Chapter for $22.00. Honorary State Regent Cynthia Parnell will install our newly elected officers. Cindy is also the National Chair of the Americanism Committee. She will present "Americanism Committee Chapter Involvement,” a program on the three aspects of the Americanism Committee, (patriotic events, naturalization process, and award programs), and explain how our chapter can find worthy award candidates for the DAR Medal of Honor and Americanism Medal.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Benjamin BeachNew York
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
Pvt. James BrookshireMaryland
Pvt. John CaffeyMaryland
Philip ChelfVirginia
Joel CoeConnecticut
Benjamin CoffinMassachusetts
Pvt. Philip CorrellPennsylvania
William CrowVirginia
Pvt. Mathew CushingVermont
Pvt. Elisha De WolfConnecticut
Sgt. John DickSouth Carolina
Capt. Asa Douglas Sr.Massachusetts
Pvt. Benjamin EgglestonMassachusetts
Thomas FarrMassachusetts
Pvt. John FeatherlyNew York
Capt. Peregrine FitzhughVirginia
Ensign John GearhartPennsylvania
Pvt. Truman GibbsConnecticut
Philip GloverMaryland
Pvt. William GoochNorth Carolina
George GrahamVirginia
Pvt. Mathias HarterPennsylvania
Pvt. Josiah HaskellMassachusetts
Fifer William HaskellMassachusetts
Pvt. Samuel HeadleyNew Jersey
James HenryNorth Carolina
Pvt. Samuel HindsVirginia
James HoggNorth Carolina
Pvt. Silas HolbrookMassachusetts
Andrew Hoover, Jr.North Carolina
Andrew Hoover, Sr.North Carolina
Benjamin HoppingNew York
Pvt. Nathaniel HortonNew Jersey
David JarrattVirginia
Pvt. Cornelius JonesNew York
Abel Judson, Jr.Connecticut
Hugh KennedyPennsylvania
Pvt. John KernPennsylvania
Capt. John KeyesConnecticut
Capt. William LeeVirginia
Sgt. James LeedsNew Jersey
Pvt. Nicholas LossingNew York
Col. William LuckettMaryland
Col. Frederick MaclinVirginia
Pvt. Benjamin Marsh, Jr.Massachusetts
Corp. Abner MatthewsNew Hampshire
Pvt. Patrick McGeePennsylvania
Nathaniel MeekerNew Jersey
Pvt. Benjamin MillerVirginia
Evan MorganSouth Carolina
Pvt. Abner NashMassachusetts
Pvt. Thomas NorthMassachusetts
Pvt. Elisha ParkerMassachusetts
Pvt. Elias ParmenterMassachusetts
Pvt. John PattenVirginia
James PelotSouth Carolina
Col. Francis PeytonVirginia
Sgt. Silas PhelpsConnecticut
William PottsNew Jersey
Lt. Col. Levin PowellVirginia
Capt. John PutnamMassachusetts
Andrew RayVirginia
Moses RenfrewVirginia
Pvt. Francis RenoPennsylvania
Capt. Turner RichardsonVirginia
Dudley Roundtree, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Job RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. John RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. Diamond SargentMassachusetts
Pvt. John SeeVirginia
Capt. Rhodes ShanklandDelaware
Pvt. Leonard Claybourne ShoemakerVirginia
Sgt. Henry SlackMaryland
Lt. Matthew SmallVirginia
Capt. Jonathan SpearMassachusetts
Pvt. Ichabod S. SpencerConnecticut
Matthew StanleyNew Hampshire
Cpl. Joseph StevensNew York
Col. Elizur TalcotConnecticut
William Utley, Sr.North Carolina
Josiah WallaceMassachusetts
Pvt. Nathan WarnerPennsylvania
Mathias WeaverVirginia
Pvt. Joseph WhiteVirginia
Sgt. Nathaniel WhiteNew York
Pvt. Matthew WilsonPennsylvania
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia

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