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If you are interested in more information about our chapter or about DAR, how to become a member, researching your Patriot ancestor, or you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact our Chapter Regent, Kelly Ann Wiggins, for the location of the meeting.

On February 21, 1896, a group of 17 women met under the guidance of Mary Phelps Montgomery in order to form the first Oregon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This chapter was named "Multnomah" to honor the great Indian Chief Multnomah, who lived on an island in the Columbia River, now known as Sauvie Island.

In 1914-1915, Mary Woodworth Patterson, the wife of the future Governor of Oregon, Isaac Lee Patterson, was the Regent of Multnomah Chapter. Each Regent still wears Mrs. Patterson’s original DAR insignia during her term. In 1929-1931, the Regent was Ruth Rose Richardson, a renowned Portland attorney. Through her efforts historical markers were placed throughout the state marking the graves of many founders and pioneers of Oregon. Under her leadership, Multnomah Chapter participated fully in the restoration of the three local DAR museums: Pioneer Mothers’ Memorial Cabin, Robert Newell House and Caples House. In 1970-1971, Multnomah Chapter purchased property on the river bank in Columbia City creating the Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park.

In 1985, a memorial drinking fountain, honoring Mary Phelps Montgomery, was dedicated by Multnomah Chapter in the foyer of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1996, Multnomah Chapter NSDAR celebrated its 100th birthday with an afternoon tea marking the beginning of the OSSDAR state conference.

Each year Multnomah Chapter contributes a Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.00 to a horticulture student at Oregon State University. The Leobold/Mann American History/Education Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded at Mount Hood Community College. Other awards given are for the American History Essay contest, Outstanding Teacher of American History, DAR Good Citizens and for outstanding work in American History. The chapter also gives recognition and awards at Chemawa Indian School for art, dance, and student travel expenses.

Certificate of Membership for Mary Phelps Montgomery, our Organizing Chapter Regent

Charter Members

Mrs. Mary Phelps Montgomery
Mrs. Anna Holbrook Withington
Mrs. Mary Hooper Holbrook
Mrs. Elizabeth Withington Ball
Mrs. Jane Lewis Chapin
Mrs. Mary Andrews Ladd
Mrs. Kate Stevens Bingham
Miss Eleanor E. Gile
Miss Gertrude E Heitshu
Miss Alice H. Heitshu
Mrs. Anna Atkinson Warren
Miss Bertha Stuart
Mrs. Jane C. Card
Miss Mayannah Woodward
Mrs. Katherine S. McCamant
Mrs. Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson
Miss Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson

Multnomah Chapter Officers

RegentKelly Ann Wiggins
Vice RegentVina Dreke
ChaplainSandra Dupuy
Recording SecretarySharon Sebbio
Corresponding SecretaryHelen Asplund
TreasurerKathryn Norton
RegistrarTerri Potts
HistorianKelly Ann Wiggins
LibrarianVina Dreke
CustodianDoxandra "Doxie" McCaw-Cook
DirectorsJan Benson
Barbara Niss
Denali Porter

Multnomah Chapter Meetings and Programs

If you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact Chapter Regent Kelly Ann Wiggins, or our general email box Meeting Information, for the location of the meeting. We generall meet at a central location close-in Northeast Portland which is accessible for mobility impaired persons. We generally meet at 11:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except November and December. We also hold several Saturday morning meetings. We hope to see you!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 11:00 a.m.:
Terri Potts, Chapter Registrar presents “Our Constitution, Born in Conflict, Nurtured in Debate” In today's times, all over the news our society seems conflicted; constantly debating and arguing our constitutional rights. Let's step back in time to 1787 prior to the signing of the Constitution. The Articles of Confederation were already in place, but things needed to change. We share an interesting program that shares how "Conflict and compromise were essential in crafting our Constitution and they are the same tools that keep it working over two centuries later."

Wednesday, October 24, 2018; 11:00 a.m.:
Chapter Vice Regent, Vina Dreke will present “Big Brothers, Big Sisters.” For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has recruited, screened, matched, and supported adult-child mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country. Today's youth have a number of challenges in society, having an adult mentor can help them navigate these challenges and make all the difference. Vina and her guest, Kelsi Buckner will talk about their decade-long relationship in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (third Saturday); 10:00 a.m.:
Dress for Success Oregon empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Their services include professional clothing for job interviews and work, a Fast Track program that provides help with resumes, interview skills and job search, and two job retention programs, their Professional Women’s Group and HOPE, where they provide monthly workshops, mentors and other resources to help clients maintain their jobs and build careers. During this program, a representative from Dress for Success Oregon will be discussing how they serve they women in our community and ways we can get involved and make a positive impact on the lives of women right here in Oregon.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m.:
Chapter Holiday Luncheon Join us for a holiday pot-luck, Christmas music and carols, and enjoy readings of Christmas Letters dating from 1780 to 1935 read by several chapter members. There will be no business conducted, take a mid-week break from work or shopping, enjoy time together before the holiday rush and last minute Christmas rush.

Saturday, January 26, 2019; 10:00 a.m.:
Chapter Chaplain, Sandy Dupuy, will present our program about “Dolley Payne Madison.” Dolley Madison lived through two wars, knew the first 12 Presidents, and watched America evolve from a struggling young republic to the first modern industrial nation in the world. She defined the role of the first lady in the White House and for half a century she was the most important woman in young America’s social circles. In other words, she was the developer of “social networking” of her day. To this day she remains one of the best known and best loved first ladies of the White House.

Saturday, February 23, 2018; 10:00 a.m.:
Have you wondered if you have ancestors that traveled across on the Oregon Trail? Maybe you know already, but you didn't realize there is an organization that celebrates their spirit, memories and stories from their extraordinary journey? Beaver Chapter member and Oregon native, Chris Meinicke will share the history of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP) and this organizations current activities, awards and scholarship opportunities.

February is also Multnomah Chapters birthday month! We will celebrate our chapters 123rd birthday with a pot-luck lunch and cake!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:00 a.m.:
Myra Albert Wiggins was a successful early 20th-century Oregon photographic artist with connections to Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession. Myra embodied the ideal of the "new woman" - independent, energetic, and ambitious - as depicted by the Eastman Kodak Company's "Kodak Girl." In honor of Women's History Month, our Chapter Regent, Kelly Wiggins will share some of her 4th great-aunts life and accomplishments, as well as bring in original photographs and artwork.

Saturday, April 20, 2019; 10:00 a.m.:
Join us for a very special presentation by retired Sergeant Major, Gavin L. McIIvenna, and President of the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider. A former Tomb Guard he will share with us the selection, transportation and ceremonies surrounding the unknown soldiers buried in the plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery. Guests of the chapter will be welcome, however seating will be limited. When registration is announced please be sure to RSVP to reserve your seat.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019; 11:00 a.m.:
We will hold our Annual Chapter Meeting at historic Caples House Museum complex in Columbia City. The meeting will be in the Knapp Social Center where will hold a memorial service for those members we have lost in the past year along our business meeting with annual reports. Please plan to extend your visit to tour the grounds, including Dr. Charles Caples residence, a doll museum as our chapter owned parks - the Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park and Pixie Park. Lunch will be hosted by the Mount St. Helen's Chapter for $22.00. Our program will be Women of the Mayflower which details some history of the sailing of the Mayflower, the challenges and perils the 102 passengers endured, and ending with what is known of twelve of the Women of the Mayflower.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Benjamin BeachNew York
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
Pvt. James BrookshireMaryland
Pvt. John CaffeyMaryland
Philip ChelfVirginia
Pvt. Philip CorrellPennsylvania
William CrowVirginia
Pvt. Mathew CushingVermont
Pvt. Elisha De WolfConnecticut
Sgt. John DickSouth Carolina
Capt. Asa DouglasMassachusetts
Pvt. John FeatherlyNew York
Capt. Peregrine FitzhughVirginia
Pvt. Truman GibbsConnecticut
George GrahamVirginia
Pvt. Samuel HeadleyNew Jersey
James HenryNorth Carolina
Pvt. Samuel HindsVirginia
Andrew Hoover, Jr.North Carolina
Andrew Hoover, Sr.North Carolina
Benjamin HoppingNew York
Pvt. Cornelius JonesNew York
Abel Judson, Jr.Connecticut
Hugh KennedyPennsylvania
Pvt. John KernPennsylvania
Capt. John KeyesConnecticut
Francois Le BasFrance
Capt. William LeeVirginia
Sgt. James LeedsNew Jersey
Pvt. Nicholas LossingNew York
Col. William LuckettMaryland
Pvt. Benjamin Marsh, Jr.Massachusetts
Corp. Abner MatthewsNew Hampshire
Pvt. Patrick McGeePennsylvania
Nathaniel MeekerNew Jersey
Pvt. Benjamin MillerVirginia
Evan MorganSouth Carolina
Pvt. Abner NashMassachusetts
Pvt. Elias ParmenterMassachusetts
James PelotSouth Carolina
Col. Francis PeytonVirginia
Sgt. Silas PhelpsConnecticut
Lt. Col. Levin PowellVirginia
Capt. John PutnamMassachusetts
Moses RenfrewVirginia
Pvt. Francis RenoPennsylvania
Capt. Turner RichardsonVirginia
Dudley Roundtree, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Job RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. John RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. Leonard Claybourne ShoemakerVirginia
Sgt. Henry SlackMaryland
Lt. Matthew SmallVirginia
Matthew StanleyNew Hampshire
Col. Elizur TalcotConnecticut
William Utley, Sr.North Carolina
Mathias WeaverVirginia
Sgt. Nathaniel WhiteNew York
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia

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