Mary Lacy Chapter

               Centralia, Washington

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HISTORY

Mary Lacy Chapter had its beginnings during World War I.  The first meeting was held January 11, 1918, with a little band of thirteen ladies gathered to promote patriotism and serve their community by preserving the history of their Revolutionary War ancestors.  They immediately began contributing to World War I service activities.

The chapter was named for Mary Lacy, who was an early patriot ancestor of two of the charter members, Susan Witherow and Marion Oliver.  Many of Mary’s descendants had served in the Revolutionary War. The Lacy family settled in Lacyville, PA, and built their home in 1791.  It is still standing.

Through the years, Mary Lacy Chapter has been active in all of the DAR objectives, including historical preservation, encouragement of patriotism, and promotion of education.

Monuments and markers have been placed to honor the memory of historical events and people.  Members of the chapter volunteer as hostesses at the Historic Borst Home and One Room Schoolhouse.  They also help decorate these sites for Christmas.  Other historical buildings and sites are supported.

Patriotism is encouraged by presenting American flags to school and public buildings and taking part in veterans events and parades.  The chapter supports the Lewis County Historical Museum and the Veterans Memorial Museum.

 Education is promoted in many ways including the annual DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Award Program. The chapter has always supported DAR schools.

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