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Fort Atkinson-Eli Pierce Chapter

National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

Fort Atkinson, WI

The Fort Atkinson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on February 22, 1899, in the home of Mrs. Lucien B. Caswell in Fort Atkinson. The name of the chapter, as well as the city, commemorates the Army General who built a fort here during the Blackhawk War in the early 1830s.   

The Eli Pierce Chapter was organized in Whitewater on May 20, 1941, by Mrs. Ida Roe Whitnall. The chapter name commemorates Eli Pierce, a Revolutionary War patriot buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Whitewater.   

The two chapters merged on April 18, 1992, and the new chapter became the Fort Atkinson - Eli Pierce Chapter.   

Chapter Officers
Chapter Office Officer Name
Regent Jane Taylor Fary
Vice Regent Patricia Northey
Chaplain Patricia Ramsey Carroll
Recording Secretary Patricia Ramsey Carroll
Registrar Lois Reich Krentz
Historian Patricia Northey
Treasurer Vera Myers Ranzau

DAR Facts

Founded: October 11, 1890, incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress

Mission: To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism

Motto: God, Home, Country

Membership: 168,000 members, 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., International chapters in Australia, Austria,The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. More than 836,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded.

Management: Policy for the Society is made by the National Board of Management composed of the President General, 11 Executive Officers, 21 Vice Presidents General, and 53 State Regents. The National Board of Management meets six times a year at DAR Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Continental Congress: The DAR annual national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress that governed the American colonies. DAR Continental Congress attracts over 3,000 members to Washington, D.C., each summer.

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Eligibility for Membership: Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible.

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