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The new executive board is installed during the May 14th meeting at the Washington Crossing Inn.

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Vice Regent Shari Vetter presents a Past Regent bar pin to Regent Sandy Miller for her exemplary service during her three year term.


The Washington Crossing Chapter of the American Revolution (DAR) recently announced the winner of its annual American History Essay Contest. Jessica Raab of Mrs. Joanne Blum’s 5th grade class at Pearl Buck Elementary School, Levittown, was judged first place winner from seventeen entries. Jessica read her essay at the Chapter’s April 19th meeting held at the David Library of the American Revolution. Also attending the meeting were parents of the contestants, teacher Joanne Blum, and Pearl Buck Principal Stephanie Miquelez.
The topic for the essay was: “Memoirs of Paul Revere.”  
Alice Stott, Chapter American History Chair announced the winner and presented her with an official DAR “Excellence in History” medal. All participants received certificates signed by the President General of the National DAR.

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April 19, 2011
The Washington Crossing Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution presented the National Society (NSDAR) Conservation Award to Malcom P. Crooks at a recent chapter meeting held at the David Library of the American Revolution.

Crooks, a resident of Solebury, was chosen by the chapter for his lifelong devotion to the protection of natural resources. Among his many accomplishments is his instrumental role in having Honey Hollow Watershed designated as a National Historic Landmark, the only watershed in the nation to have this distinction. He is the founder of the Honey Hollow Enviornmental Education Center, and has provided the Center’s facilities to the Bucks County Audubon Society for administrative offices, as well indoor and outdoor “classrooms” since the Society’s inception.


10 Apr 2010

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DAR American History Essay Contest - The Transcontinental Railroad


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DAR Community Award Winners - The Snipes Family

13 Mar 2010

Author Marie Duess spoke about Bucks County colonial inns and taverns, which is the subject of her book.  The book was available for purchase and signing.

Colonial Inns and Taverns of Bucks County

by Marie Duess


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14 Nov 2009, Veterans Day Meeting

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(l to r)  Sandy Miller, Grace Moore, Shari Vetter

     Grace Moore, Vietnam Veteran - Army Nurse Corps, was the speaker for the November Veterans Program, Vietnam Remembered, giving a woman-veteran's perspective.

Jeanette De Guire was sworn in as Recording Secretary.

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(l to r) Shari Vetter, Jeanette De Guire, Sandy Miller

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Ancestry Fair

Patrice Matthews at our Chapter's table at the Ancestry Fair held at the Bucks County Visitors Center in September.  Patrice also gave a presentation on DAR membership  and provided a detailed charting of her Patriot ancestor and descendants.  Eight attendees indicated an interest in joining our chapter and two indicated an interest in transferring into our chapter from another chapter.

17 Sep 2009, Constitution Week

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Members gathered with Commissioners James F.Cawley and Charles H. Martin on the steps of the Bucks County Courthouse to listen to the electronic carillon  toll and play God Bless America at 4pm on September 17th as part of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Bells of America celebration of Constitution Week.  Photo

(l to r)  Service to Veterans Chair Dotty Gannon with granddaughter Allison (a future DAR member), Commissioner James F. Cawley, Commissioner Charles H. Martin, Regent Sandy Miller, Vice Regent Shari Vetter, Registrar Karen Nilsen, Corr. Secretary Nicole Schuster.

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Regent Sandy Miller was instrumental in the return of this bell when she was a Bucks County Commissioner.  The plaque reads "This bell, which hung in the steeples of two Bucks County Courthouses from 1813 until 1960, was returned to the citizens of this county in 1995 through the generosity of the Philadelphia Rivet Co. in memory of its late founder, Mr. Horace Collins."  Allison Gannon rang the bell (below).

17 Sep 2009 Constitution Week

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Jeanette De Guire and Sandy Miller with Pat Wandling, the host of Speak Your Piece on WBCB, AM radio.


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17 Sep 2009 Constitution Week

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Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Week

The Bucks County Commissioners proclaimed September 17-23, 2009 as "Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Week" throughout the County of Bucks.  The proclamation continues "...we salute the Washington Crossing DAR Chapter for its enduring commitment to defending the values of our forefathers while actively participating in the ever-unfolding story of liberty and freedom.  Further, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, the Doylestown Courthouse bells will toll as part of "Bells of America," a tribute to the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution." Photo (left to right) Registrar Karen Nilsen, Corresponding Secretary Nicole Schuster, Commissioner James F. Cawley, Regent Sandy Miller, and Commissioner Charles H. Martin.

25 May 2009, Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, 25 May 2009, Decoration of Revolutionary War Soldiers' graves at Washington Crossing Historic Park

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18 Apr 2009

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American History Contest Winners


This year's participants of the American History Essay Contest read their entries at our April meeting.  The topic for the essay was:  What message did the Gettysburg Address communicate to our war-torn nation in 1861.  How are the ideals articulated in the speech still relevant for our country today? 

  Judging for the contest was based on Historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness..  A panel of three judges, including one DAR member, decided the winner.

  Pictured here with American History Chairman Alice Stott and Regent Sandy Miller are members of Mrs. Joanne Blum's 5th Grade Class from Pearl Buck Elementary School, Levittown. 


14 Dec 2008

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Joint-Chapter Activity at Washington's Crossing Re-enactment

In December, members of the Washington Crossing Chapter met with members of the New York’s Knickerbocker Chapter, at Washington Crossing Historic State Park, Bucks County, for the dress rehearsal of the re-enactment of Washington’s famous 1776 Christmas crossing of the Delaware River for the Battle of Trenton.  Along with hundreds of spectators, the Daughters stood with a DAR banner as the General Washington portrayer addressed his soldiers. The Chapters are considering additional joint activities for the future.

13 Dec 2008

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Christmas Party Meeting

An English Tea at Tea with an Accent in Yardley.

8 Nov 2008

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Veterans' Day Meeting

The Washington Crossing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held a program for Veterans’ Day at their monthly meeting Nov. 8, 2008.  The program featured WWII Veteran Bob Daly, a Captain who served in the 5th Marine Division at Iwo Jima.  Mr. Daly spoke of the D Day activities of landing on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima on Feb. 19, 1945, and of its strategic significance due to its location approximately halfway between Tokyo and Saipan.

 Mr. Daly spoke of his personal experience on landing on the island, attempting to dig fox holes in the loose volcanic sand, and of his experience as a Liaison Officer among the marine divisions on the island.  He also brought to his lecture the actual map he used while Liaison Officer, as well as a sample of the sand, and many photographs, both aerial and personal.

13 Sep 2008

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Washington Crossing Chapter Constitution Week by Nicole Schuster

The Washington Crossing Chapter paid tribute to the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in a most fitting fashion.  At the September 13th meeting held at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, the chapter hosted a special speaker, Benjamin Franklin.  Mr. Franklin was portrayed by K. Ward Vinson, history professor at Bucks County Community College. 

Following Mr. Vinson’s portrayal, Bucks Country Commissioner James F. Cawley presented the chapter with the official document proclaiming September 17-23 as Constitution Week throughout Bucks County.  Additionally, it was announced, at the urging of the Washington Crossing Chapter, the carillon of the Bucks County Courthouse, as well as the original Courthouse Liberty Bell replica, would be rung at 4p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th in tribute to “Bells of America”.