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The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter engages in a number of projects and programs that celebrate the three areas that the NSDAR stands for.....historic preservation, education and patriotism.


Outstanding Teacher of American History

Each year the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter recognizes a local teacher
of American history for excellence as an educator.

Indiana’s Bicentennial-The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter Teams up with ARCH

The chapter and ARCH hosted the DAR & ARCH Historic Trolley Tour in downtown Fort Wayne for the citizens of the city.

In commemoration of Indiana’s Bicentennial, the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter gifted to the citizens of Indiana, the “DAR Historic Trolley Tour”, on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The tour was part of Visit Fort Wayne’s annual “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown”, where 10’s of thousands participate. The tour was a huge success and reached sold-out status in five minutes. The tour sparked interest in local history and encouraged participants to never forget the sacrifices made by those who went before us.

To facilitate trolley participants being a part of this historic Indiana Bicentennial Commemorative Event, they had the opportunity to sign a document, indicating their participation. This document is stored in a time capsule at the History Center in Fort Wayne and will be opened at Indiana’s Tri-centennial in 2116.

During Indiana’s Centennial in 1916, the Chapter held an Indiana Centennial Event on the banks of the Maumee River where they dedicated the Harmar’s Defeat Marker. On Sunday, September 11, 2016, during the Trolley Tour, the Chapter once again held a special Indiana Bicentennial Ceremony and tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001, at the location of this marker.

Recording History

Members of the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter have researched their 
patriots and have written historical accounts of their ancestors.  The
combined stories of the chapter members are captured in a published 
book called "Patriot Moments: Stories of Our Ancestors".


DAR Schools

The Mary Penrose Wayne chapter supports the six DAR Schools dedicated to
special needs students or underserved areas of the United States.  Monetary      
donations and requested  items are sent to the schools from the chapter.

DAR Good Citizens Recognition

Each area high school is invited to nominate a student who demonstrates
leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.  The students are
recognized at a chapter ceremony, with the top student receiving a
monetary award.  The Mary Penrose Wayne award recipient represents
the chapter at the state level where he or she has an opportunity for
further recognition and the potential to earn an additional scholarship.

Book Hut-Book Sharing Library

The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter celebrated the donation of ten Book Huts throughout Allen County by holding Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies at each location. The Chapter also supplied the organizations with books. In Allen County, the Chapter’s Book Hut Project was a county-wide project with four Book Huts located near each of our county lines, and the remaining six were spread throughout the greater Fort Wayne area. The Book Hut project accomplished providing a Book Hut to a town that does not have a library and a couple of neighborhoods in adding convenience to their residents. One assisted living facility was a recipient as well as a number of schools and churches. Three locations requested books about role models of people of color. Another location requested books for children of military families in helping them understand military deployment and military families reuniting. We donated books that stayed true to our mission of preserving American history, patriotism, while educating. We are proud to carry out DAR’s mission to celebrate our American way of life.


Women in the Military

Members of the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter pool their resources and  
provide care packages for women serving in the military.

Naturalization Ceremonies

Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter members attend Naturalization Ceremonies      

to welcome new US citizens and present them with a Flag Code booklet. 


The Mary Penrose Wayne chapter works with the USO Center of Fort

Wayne to provide support to veterans' Honor Flights.  It is an honor to

serve these heroes!

Veteran’s Day Parade

The MPW Chapter members marched In this year’s parade. It was awesome to see so many residents standing along the parade route, thanking and cheering our veterans, and proudly waving American flags.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

The Mary Penrose Wayne Regent, speaking at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Coliseum to veterans and their families following the Veteran's Day parade.

 Volunteer’s at the VA Hospital

The Daughters of the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter volunteer to bring cheer to the veterans at the local VA Hospital by greeting them and giving them cards and 

treats on special holidays. 

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Commemoration 50th Anniversary Vietnam War

Members of the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter hosted the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The event was held at the National Veterans Memorial Shrine at the Vietnam Memorial. Distinguished guests attending the ceremony included NSDAR Treasurer General Martha Barnhart, Indiana State DAR Vice Regent Charlotte Blair, City Councilman Geoff Paddock who presented the Presidential Proclamation, Major Tibor Bierbaum, Vietnam War Veteran, two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, and Keynote Speaker, and the Indiana-Purdue University ROTC Color Guard posted the colors. Regent Karen Gerni welcomed the Vietnam War Veterans, their families and the families of those who lost loved ones during the war. A special tribute was paid to those from Allen County, Indiana who perished during the war, by Treasurer General Barnhart and Regent Gerni laying a wreath in remembrance of the 71 service members who died, and the names were read by Chapter Officers, Eleanor Doell, Cathy Simonds and Linda Stafford. Major Bierbaum saluted the veterans and presented the Vietnam War Veterans Lapel Pin to veterans in attendance, while assisted by Chapter Officers, Valerie Reynolds and Kim Zylla.

Evelyn Brame Breakfast by DAR

The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter hosted a breakfast in honor of 'Evie'. There was a total of 18 people attend the breakfast, including our Treasurer General, Martha Barnhart and representing INDAR the State Regent, Lois Huntington as well as State Vice Regent, Charlotte Blair. Members came from as far away as Anderson, with Cheryle Latour and Virita Bodey driving up. Showing great determination to attend this event, our Registrar, Kim Zylla, changed a flat tire on the way to the breakfast. Many of our incoming board members attended including Paula Neuman, Linnea Briscoe and Sandra Gordon. Tom Grant from Historic Fort Wayne's board also attended and provided for the breakfast. We had Evie's two distant cousins Jane Higgins and Ellie Capelli sit on either side of our guest so that they could get better acquainted. Evie had a wonderful time, and at one point during breakfast she said, "This is the first time in my life that I have been in a room where everyone in the room knows about General Anthony Wayne." At the breakfast Martha presented Evie with the Wedgewood China Anthony Wayne Commemorative Plate that was commissioned by our chapter several decades before. In addition, Jane Higgins presented her with the chapter gift of a set of greeting cards with a picture of the Fort, which were made by and donated by member Barb Kampschmidt. Using her great grandfather's collection of historic books, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Regent Karen Gerni, found a passage where the House of Representatives and President Washington were communicating and singing the praises of the great works of General Wayne. The date of the passages were November 28 and 29, 1794. The passages were printed in document form and framed for Evie. Evie was quite pleased with these new treasurers.