Celilo Chapter, NSDAR was organized on October 12, 1978, in The Dalles, with State Regent Mrs. Thomas Brand conducting the organizational meetings. Celilo Falls (Wyam, meaning "echo of falling water" or "sound of water upon the rocks," in several native languages) was a tribal fishing area on the Columbia River, just east of the Cascade Mountains, on what is the current border between Oregon and Washington.
The name refers to a series of cascades and waterfalls on the river, as well as to the native settlements and trading villages that existed there in various configurations for 15,000 years. Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent until 1957, when the falls and nearby settlements were submerged by the construction of The Dalles Dam.
1940 Era Penny Postcard of the Celilo Falls from the Columbia River Highway, Oregon.
Chapter meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June at 11:00 A.M. at various locations in The Dalles and the Hood River area. We welcome your interest in our National Society and look forward to answering your questions.
September 20, 2017
Meeting:Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guards, Gavin McIlvenna, Sgt. Major, Retired
October 18, 2017
Meeting:History of Cemetery Tales and Characters, Dorothy Gilbertson
November 15, 2017
Meeting:WWI and WW II Remembrances
December 13, 2017
January 17, 2018
Meeting:Rotary Exchange Student of South Korea
February 21, 2018
Meeting:Columbia Gorge Community College, Celilo Nursing Scholarship, Stephanie Hoppe, Director
March 21, 2018
Meeting:Submarine Duty During Cold War--1961 - 1980, Gayle A. Ordway, ETC(SS) US Navy
April 18, 2018
Meeting: Food, Water and Waste in Disasters, Lauren Kraemer, Oregon State University Extension
May 16, 2018
Meeting: State Conference, State Awards and Installation of Officers
June 27, 2018: Social Potluck Picnic
We welcome members who wish to participate in any degree with which they are comfortable! Membership is open to any woman 18 years of age or older who can prove lineal, blood-line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, death, and generational link. Members are available to assist at every step of the application process.
If you are interested in learning more about DAR, please be sure to contact our chapter registrar to begin the application process or use our membership inquiries form. Much more information may be found at either our National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) website or our Oregon State Society DAR website.
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