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Celilo Chapter, NSDAR
The Dalles, Oregon


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 Penny Postcard of Celilo Falls

1940 Era Penny Postcard of the Celilo Falls from the Columbia River Highway, Oregon.


Regent Mary Parrott
Vice Regent Nancy Slagle
Registrar Emma Jean Smith
Recording Secretary Gladys Wesley
Corresponding Secretary Rebecca DeMorino
Chaplain Diane Parrott
Treasurer Julie Cantrell
Historian Rose Denslinger
Parlimentarian Ellen Hopkins
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.

October 19, 2016
Fieldtrip. Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America and Povey Brothers Italian Glass Windows led by Ellen Hopkins.

November 16, 2016
100th Anniversary of Historic Highway 30 presented by Chris Meinicke.

December 14, 2016
Holiday party and How to Play Bunco by the officers of the chapter.

January 18, 2017
Grab and Go Survival by - Lauren Kraemer.

February 15, 2017
Submarine Duty During the Cold War 1961-1980 by Gayle A. Ordway, ETC(SS), US Navy Retired.

March 15, 2017

April 19, 2017
Dolly Madison, The Real First Lady by Rebecca DeMarino, author.

May 24, 2017
Meeting and Social Potluck. 

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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