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Bethel Fife and Drum celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2013. We are a welcoming
group of women who are enriched by our DAR friendships and who desire to serve our
communities, to learn our nation’s history, to be informed about contemporary issues
affecting our communities and country, and to promote patriotism, education, and
historic preservation in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Our chapter has members from communities throughout the greater South Hills of Pittsburgh,
such as Bethel Park, Castle Shannon, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Peters Township,
Jefferson Hills, Canonsburg, South Park, Houston, and Washington, Pennsylvania.
We welcome prospective members and DAR members who are relocating to our area and
would be delighted to talk with you. Please email us.
Bethel Fife and Drum Chapter was organized in October 1978 and merged with Canonsburg
Chapter in April 1992. The chapter is named for the Bethel Presbyterian Church, which
is the first church of that persuasion in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In its
cemetery, fourteen Revolutionary War soldiers are interred, three of whom carried
the surname Fife. The church and cemetery are located on Bethel Church Road, Bethel
Our name highlights the historical roots of our area of Western Pennsylvania and
honors the service of the Revolutionary patriots from this region who helped our
country gain its independence.