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Officers:

Regent:  Tressa Silberberg
Vice Regent:  Nancy Hughes
Treasurer:  Amanda Earl
Recording and Corresponding
Registrar: Julie Stufft
UO Luncheon Committee:
Emily Moses/Amanda Earl
Chapter Achievement Award:
Julie Stufft

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Louisa Catherine AdamsThe Louisa Catherine Adams Chapter was confirmed on December 11, 2010.  Several DAR members serving at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow decided to pursue the chapter after meeting so many women who thought they had revolutionary roots, but had never pursued DAR membership.  We worked (on an almost daily basis!) with the national vice chairman of Lineage Research for Units Overseas, Nancy Pexa, who worked tirelessly to confirm the eleven (11) new applications for the chapter's organizing members.

Chapter members are very proud of the historical context - particularly for the United States  - of the country in which they live and work; we very carefully chose a chapter name with a great deal of meaning for us and for Russia.  John Quincy Adams, the future sixth President of the United States, served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 1809-1812.  Louisa Catherine was his wife, and the two of them bravely moved to far-flung St. Petersburg and led the American mission to the Tsar's court.  Based on their diary entries, it was not an easy time - St. Petersburg was a very young (and very cold) outpost city. In 1812, they lost their one-year-old daughter Louisa Catherine (the first American citizen born on Russian soil).  Louisa Catherine later became the first and only foreign-born first lady of the United States. She was born in London in 1775, while her father served as the American Consul General there.  Our members can relate with many of the challenges that the Adams family faced, and will seek to honor and emphasize Louisa Catherine's contributions to early American history.


Members of the chapter plan to mark the burial place of baby Louisa Catherine Adams at a cemetery in St. Petersburg. All markers were unfortunately wiped out during a flood in the 1820's, but the cemetery where she was buried remains there.

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