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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, Martha Vogel, 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

RegentMartha Vogel
Vice RegentDonna Brunstad
ChaplainDenali Porter
Recording SecretaryDenni Kjos
Corresponding SecretaryCoralie Stevens
TreasurerBeverly Przybylski
RegistrarTerri Potts
LibrarianAmy Bradshaw
CustodianBeverly Kirkpatrick
DirectorsSue Owen
Deanna Peterson
Marcia Rudick

Multnomah Chapter Meetings and Programs

If you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact Chapter Regent Martha Vogel, 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 June, July and August. We hope to see you!

September 24, 2014; 11:00 a.m:
Tracy Prince, PhD, Author, Scholar in Residence Portland State University, has been a guest in the past and is returning to talk about her new book, Portland Slab Town published in 2013. Tracy has spent her career teaching and writing about race, gender and social equity. She will present a slide show about Portland’s early days reaching back to its beginnings in the Oregon Territory and through the first decades (when the city was covered with forests where Native Americans camped and Chinese immigrants farmed around Guilds Lake) up to WWII. Books will be available to purchase and autograph.

October 22, 2014; TIME TBD:
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Pittock Mansion is the subject of our fall tour. This is a French Renaissance “chateau,” sitting atop the West Hills with a panoramic view of our beautiful city. Located at 3229 NW Pittock Drive, the mansion was built as a private home for newspaper magnet, Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. A docent will lead our tour and after that, as Bogart used to say “everything will be Jake” with lunch at Jakes Famous Crawfish Restaurant, 401 SW 12th Avenue, Portland. This is one of the oldest establishments in the city, founded in 1892. Plan to join us for this yearly historic preservation tour!

November 19, 2014 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m:
We are meeting a week earlier this month due to Thanksgiving. Chapter member Beverly Przybylski, with many years of experience at the state and National levels, will lead this talk as we have “A Conversation about DAR”. Beverly has been asked to talk about the many different ways we can involve ourselves in relation to the National programs and committees that are offered through the local chapters as well as at the state level. DAR can feel like a maze and sometimes may be confusing for new members and long-time members alike. So come and join us for the day…..we need you to be involved!

December 17, 2014 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m:
Mary Wedmore, a correspondent docent for DAR, will be our guest from Dexter, Oregon, located near Eugene. She will delight us with a program from the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) museum collection of “Christmas in the DAR Period Rooms”, located in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington DC, which will be shown on a 32” screen. The DAR Period Rooms (from the different states) are exceptional and a wonderful experience to see in person. But if you haven’t visited them this will be the next best way to experience them, and all dressed up for the holidays!

January 28, 2015; 11:00 a.m:
Shaun Benson of the Volunteer Office at the Veterans Hospital in Portland will be our guest speaker. He will talk to us about the needs of our veterans (both male and female) and how we can best support this group. This support system dates back to the years of the Revolutionary War when the soldiers were under the direction of General Washington. Citizens of our young country were asked to come forth to help the veterans and troops. So please join us to hear the latest in how we can aid these deserving veterans and young families.

February 25, 2015; 11:00 a.m:
State Regent Cindy Parnell has graciously agreed to come and speak to us about her plans during the next two years. We will also celebrate Multnomah Chapter’s 119th Birthday! Join us for an informative and festive day.

March 25, 2015 11:00 a.m:
Regina Wheeler from the Junior League of Portland will present a documentary, "Waiting for the Light: Portland's Sex Trafficking Crisis". The Junior League is a community partner in helping to stop and reduce this difficult problem among our young people. The documentary is about working with non-profit organizations, government agencies and community partners. It will provide information and resources about the city's efforts to end juvenile sex trafficking. Recently, the Portland metro region made national headlines as a hub for juvenile sex trafficking. Join us for this interesting and informative day.

April 22 2015; 11:00 a.m:
Alan Maul, director and chief archivist and coordinator for the Forestry Center, will give a Power Point presentation about the Civilian Conservation Corp. The CCC was a public work relief program that operated from 1933-1942 in the US for unemployed, unmarried men of relief families, aged 18-25, as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that helped to bring America back from the great depression.

May 27, 2015; 11:00 a.m:
Join us for our annual meeting at the Caples Complex in Columbia City. The Dr. Charles Caples house, built in 1870 and which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of our state-owned museums. The complex includes the historic home, the Knapp Memorial Social Center, a doll house, a herb garden, and a historic orchard. The museum provides volunteer opportunities and receives substantial financial support from our chapter. Directly in front of the museum is Multnomah Chapter owned Ruth Rose Richardson Park and one block away is Pixie Park. Plan to come and stroll the grounds, visit the museum and see the beautiful river views and finish with a delightful lunch served by the local Mount St. Helens Chapter. Speaker TBA.

June 24, 2015; TIME TBA:
Spring tour with two choices: We will decide at the March or April meeting whether to visit the museum at the state hospital in Salem or visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. The state museum visit would be a follow up to the talk we heard in September 2013 by Dr. Cutler. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch would be at the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and Museum in downtown Salem where there are interesting little shops in the mill complex and always a current display in the museum. The second choice, is a tour of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, followed by lunch at the historic Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Conrad BechlePennsylvania
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. Benjamin BrewerPennsylvania
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
Leonard BushVirginia
Pvt. John CaffeyMaryland
Peter CarterVirginia
Philip ChelfVirginia
Pvt. Thomas ClearwaterNew York
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
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
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
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
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
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Adam ZumwaltVirginia

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