|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.
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:
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