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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
Doxie McCaw-Cook
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 and well-known downtown location which is accessible for mobility impaired persons. The facility has a free-to-guests parking garage for those who drive and for those who do not drive it is within a half block of TriMet's MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) Light Rail stop at King's Hill. 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 28, 2016; 11:00 a.m.:
Get to Know DAR – Why We Serve. Presented by Chapter Historian and Custodian Kelly Wiggins and assisted by Regent Beverly Przybylski. Explore what membership in DAR means, what it may do for you and how you can be a productive member. Ask your questions and take this opportunity to learn more about DAR and our chapter.

October 26, 2016; 11:00 a.m.:
Our annual field trip will be to the Historic Caples House Museum Complex in Columbia City, Oregon. This trip will include docent-led-tours of the Caples House and associated Children’s Attic (doll museum). We will also be performing interior cleaning and weather permitting, basic garden maintenance of the two chapter-owned parks in Columbia City. Lunch will be provided by Mount St. Helens Chapter.

November 16, 2016 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m.:
Oregon State Regent Alice Miles will make her official chapter visit. Mrs. Miles will present her state theme and state project during her two-year (2016-2018) administration.

December 15, 2016 (third Thursday); 11:30 a.m.:
In lieu of a chapter meeting, chapter members are invited to attend a Naturalization Ceremony at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, located at 1000 SW Third Ave., Portland at 11:30 a.m. Plan enough time to find parking and photo identification is required to enter the Courthouse. Members are free to make plans for lunch afterwards and/or attend the current exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, “Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America” now until Feb 1, 2017. It is a 10-15-minute walk from the courthouse.

January 25, 2017; 11:00 a.m.:
Commissioning of the USS Portland presented by Mike Hewlett of the Outreach Commissioning Committee. The 25,000-ton USS Portland was successfully launched in February 2016. Commissioning is expected to take place sometime in 2017. The Navy League’s Gary Piercey said the occasion “will be a great time for all of Portland to show their pride and come out to welcome the sailors from the ship that will show our city’s name around the world.”

February 22, 2017; 11:00 a.m.:
Melissa Rasmussen, a Navy veteran and the Voluntary Services Coordinator for the VA Portland Health Care System, will tell us about the Center for Women Veteran’s Health, the services they provide, and the unique ways in which they meet the special needs and challenges of some of our most traumatized women veterans. Members should plan to bring donations for Operation Diaper Bag. We will also recognize our chapter’s 121st birthday!

March 22, 2017 11:00 a.m.:
National Association of Atomic Veterans. During the height of the Cold War, hundreds of thousands of US servicemen participated in nuclear weapons tests. They were required to sign a pledge of secrecy, swearing to never disclose what they experienced. Although the oath of silence was lifted in 1996, most Americans remain unaware that atomic weapons tests occurred on a large scale, nor are they aware that troops were exposed to harmful levels of radiation during these tests. Fred Schafer, National Commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans, will speak with us about witnessing atomic test bomb blasts during his service in the Navy from 1960 to 1963.

April 26, 2017; 11:00 a.m.:
Muslim Educational Trust - Muslim American Women. “Are you an American first or a Muslim first?” American women who practice Islam are often asked this question, either directly or indirectly, and are faced with a unique challenge: how to reconcile their faith and cultural identity with their nationality at a time of increased global conflict. A member of Portland's Muslim Educational Trust will share her experiences.

May 24, 2017; 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 and our business meeting with annual reports. 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. If there is time and the weather cooperates, we will have a work party perform basic garden tasks in the parks and/or around Caples House. A delicious lunch will be served by the Mount. St. Helen’s Chapter.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Conrad BechlePennsylvania
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. Benjamin BrewerPennsylvania
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
Pvt. James BrookshireMaryland
Leonard BushVirginia
Pvt. John CaffeyMaryland
Peter CarterVirginia
Philip ChelfVirginia
Pvt. Thomas ClearwaterNew York
Benjamin CoffinMassachusetts
William CoffinNorth Carolina
Pvt. John ColeMassachusetts
Pvt. Philip CorrellPennsylvania
William CrowVirginia
Pvt. Mathew CushingVermont
Pvt. Elisha De WolfConnecticut
Sgt. John DickSouth Carolina
Pvt. William DonaldsonVirginia
Capt. Asa Douglas Sr.Massachusetts
Pvt. Benjamin EgglestonMassachusetts
Thomas FarrMassachusetts
Pvt. John FeatherlyNew York
Capt. Peregrine FitzhughVirginia
John ForqueranVirginia
Peter Forqueran, Sr.Virginia
Ensign John GearhartPennsylvania
Pvt. Truman GibbsConnecticut
Philip GloverMaryland
Pvt. William GoochNorth Carolina
Sgt. Josiah GoodaleMassachusetts
George GrahamVirginia
Henry GuthrieVirginia
Caleb HallVirginia
Leonard HallVirginia
Pvt. Charles HansfordVirginia
Pvt. Mathias HarterPennsylvania
Pvt. Josiah HaskellMassachusetts
Fifer William HaskellMassachusetts
Pvt. Abijah HawkesMassachusetts
1st Lt. William HaynieVirginia
Pvt. Samuel HeadleyNew Jersey
Pvt. Samuel HindsVirginia
James HoggNorth Carolina
Pvt. Silas HolbrookMassachusetts
James Holley, Sr.Virginia
Andrew Hoover, Jr.North Carolina
Andrew Hoover, Sr.North Carolina
Benjamin HoppingNew York
Samuel JacksonPennsylvania
David JarrattVirginia
Cpl. Isaac JohnsonVirginia
Pvt. Cornelius JonesNew York
Russell JonesNorth Carolina
Abel Judson, Jr.Connecticut
Hugh KennedyPennsylvania
Pvt. John KernPennsylvania
Capt. John KeyesConnecticut
William KirkVirginia
Pvt. Isaac KleberPennsylvania
Fifer Asa LakeVermont
Christian LaufferPennsylvania
Capt. William LeeVirginia
Sgt. James LeedsNew Jersey
Pvt. Nicholas LossingNew York
Col. William LuckettMaryland
Pvt. Benjamin Marsh, Jr.Massachusetts
Pvt. Patrick McGeePennsylvania
Nathaniel MeekerNew Jersey
Pvt. Benjamin MillerVirginia
Evan MorganSouth Carolina
William Morris, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Abner NashMassachusetts
Pvt. Thomas NorthMassachusetts
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
Capt. Turner RichardsonVirginia
Dudley Roundtree, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Job RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. John RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. Peter Rush, Jr.New Jersey
John Sargent, Sr.New Hampshire
Pvt. John SeeVirginia
Capt. Rhodes ShanklandDelaware
Pvt. Leonard Claybourne ShoemakerVirginia
Lt. Matthew SmallVirginia
Zedekiah SouthNew Jersey
Capt. Jonathan SpearMassachusetts
Pvt. Ichabod S. SpencerConnecticut
Matthew StanleyNew Hampshire
Pvt. Solomon StansburyMaryland/North Carolina
Cpl. Joseph StevensNew York
Anthony StreetVirginia
John TateVirginia
William Utley, Sr.North Carolina
Leonard VandergriftDelaware
Pvt. Nathan WarnerPennsylvania
Mathias WeaverVirginia
Capt. Constant WebsterMassachusetts
Capt. Ebenezer WebsterNew Hampshire
2nd Lt. James Whaley, Jr.Virginia
James Whaley, Sr.Virginia
Sgt. Nathaniel WhiteNew York
William WhitleyKentucky
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Adam ZumwaltVirginia

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