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Governor Nelson Dewey Chapter

National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

Maple Bluff, WI 

Chapter History

1953 - 1971
    The chapter was organized at a dinner meeting at the Park Hotel on February 15, 1953. The State Regent Mrs. Earl Hale declared the name of the new chapter to be the Governor Nelson Dewey Chapter and Organizing Regent Mrs. Goodell appointed the slate of officers. A pattern for the meetings (four evening meetings each year) was established and has continued through the years. The chapter sponsored the Rosaline Peck Society of the Children of the American Revolution and several members were active. An award for outstanding support and service in traffic safety was presented to the chapter in 1960 by the NSDAR Transportation Committee. Miss Jan Hogoboom was a state winner in 1963 in the American History Essay Contest. In 1965, a three-generation group was accepted on the same line at the same time for membership: Nina Maher, Florence Huston, and Deanna Finley. A tea was held at the Governor's Residence in 1966 honoring the Gold Star Mothers who were meeting in Madison. By 1969, the chapter membership had grown to 33. In 1971, an interesting program on the U.S. Presidents' homes was given by Mr. Stanley Klein. Later, the Kleins gave two oriental rugs to the National Society.

1971 - 1989
    In 1971, Regent Ann Ketterer, wearing her grandmother's dress, hosted a "Turn of the Century Tea" at her home which was decorated in 1900 style. A Christmas Tea was given by June Schwandt at her home in 1974. Lt. John Borley spoke at a chapter meeting in 1977 on "Marines in the Revolution." In May of 1978, Good Citizens were entertained at a tea in the home of Mrs. Hogoboom. The grave of Hannah Webber Waterman, daughter of a Revolutionary soldier, was marked at the Bear Valley Cemetery in 1979. Shirley Abrahamson, first woman State Supreme Court Justice, spoke to the chapter in 1982. In 1983, the chapter entertained State Regent Mrs. Fred Bush at a luncheon at Olbrich Gardens. The 100th anniversary of Flag Day was celebrated in 1985 at the Stony Hill School in Waubeka with the National Chairman of The Flag of the USA Committee in attendance. Our "Real Granddaughter" Venita Smith was honored at a Mother-Daughter luncheon in 1987. Chapter members were faithful in attendance at Veterans Day and Memorial Day activities. By 1990, the chapter membership had grown to 43. Gold Honor Roll status was achieved and many other awards were received. Members were serving the State Society in various capacities and the chapter was active in the support of Surgeons' Quarters.

1989 - 2003
    The NSDAR film "Portrait of a Daughter" was shown at a chapter meeting in 1989. In 1990, "A Kaleidoscope of Quilts" was presented at the home of Mrs. Reynoldson. Joining with the John Bell Chapter, we entertained State Regent Barbara Roberts at the Edgewater Hotel. A well- attended tea at the Governor's Residence in 1991 featured a program entitled "Our Heritage of Treasured Dolls." A Genealogy Workshop was sponsored at the State Historical Society in 1992, one of many held over the years under the leadership of Carol McLeester. The chapter assisted with the State Conference in Madison in 1993. A tour of the Veteran's Museum and a talk by Edward Davison commemorated the 50th Anniversary of WWII in 1994. NSDAR Conservation Medals were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chase and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith in 1999. By the turn of the century, the Governor Nelson Dewey Chapter was well established with a burgeoning membership and activity at all DAR levels. Regent Wilma Johnson brought the chapter into the age of computer technology, creating our own web site. In 2003, our chapter's membership stands at 74 due to the diligence of officers and members in spreading the DAR message.

2003 - 2006
    In October 2003, the chapter celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Approximately 60 guests were present, including our State Regent and several state officers, and long time members were honored. A highlight of the year was a visit to the Gov. Nelson Dewey House in Cassville, WI, and a tea sponsored by the Cassville Historical Society.

    On an annual basis, the chapter participates in the Memorial Day and Veterans Day Services at our State Capitol as well as the annual Ice Cream Social and Blood Drives at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Chapter meetings always include interesting and informative programs, covering Women's Issues. National Defense, Conservation, and the Preservation of History.

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.

Become a Member

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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