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Patriotic Woman

Our Chapter History:
Bellefonte Chapter was founded on October 10, 1895, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Our charter members include Mary McAllister Beaver, the wife of Pennsylvania Governor General James A. Beaver, and Mrs. Jane Irvin Shaw Thompson, a daughter-in-law of Moses Thompson who, together with General James Irvin, were the benefactors of the Farmers High School, later The Pennsylvania State University. Bellefonte Chapter has two Real Daughters, Elizabeth Evans Reese (1813-1910), and Mary Allison Rishel (1821-1912). Each of these women was a first generation daughter of a Patriot.
Our Membership:
Chapter members are women of all ages(over 18 to late 90's): students, business and professional women, homemakers, retirees, mothers of young children, grandmothers. Members live in Bellefonte, State College, Lemont, Milesburg, Howard, Centre Hall, Port Matilda, Penns Valley, Pennsylvania Furnace, and several areas in Bald Eagle Valley. Some members are non-resident members and live elsewhere in Pennsylvania or in other states. Members of other DAR Chapters may participate in all Bellefonte Chapter activities as Associate Members. Current membership includes one hundred three (103) members and eight (8) associate members.
Meetings are held monthly from September through June. Meetings are usually held on Saturdays or evenings when women employed outside the home can easily attend. Some activities are held jointly with the Sons of the American Revolution.
State and National Projects:
The Bellefonte Chapter members support numerous state and national society projects, which meet the DAR objectives of historical, educational, and patriotic service. One of these is the Tamassee DAR School, a boarding school for up to 80 dependent students and an elementary school for additional day students. For further information on the Tamassee DAR School click here.
Local Service Projects:
Bellefonte Chapter sponsors a variety of projects in the Centre County area:
  • An American History Essay contest for students in grades 5-8.
  • Excellence in American History Awards for the top students in American history at each of five area high schools.
  • Good Citizenship Awards for local high school students.
  • U.S. flags, flag codes, and cititzenship packets are presented to new citizens at Naturalization Court held at the Centre County Courthouse. Bellefonte Chapter members attend a reception for new citizens and their families following the ceremony.
  • For Memorial Day the Chapter places Betsy Ross flags at more than 80 grave sites of Revolutionary soldiers who are buried in Centre County. An educational booth is set up on Memorial Day amid festivities in Boalsburg.
  • The Chapter gives medals to outstanding ROTC students at Penn State.
  • The Chapter sponsors students for various college scholarships.
  • Member participation in the Literacy Challange Program.
  • Holiday gifts to veterans at Hollidaysburg Home and children at Tamassee School.
  • Genealogical workshops by Lineage Research Chairman for prospective members and the public.
  • Family History Day at the Grange Fair. Members assist the public reseaching DAR ancestors.
For membership information please contact our registrar Anita Sprankle.


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