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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 or Saturday of each month, except November and December.We hope to see you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019; 11:00 a.m.:
In 1943, Lucy Berkey was a young, overworked schoolteacher. Frustrated with a career she did not like, she enlisted in the Navy WAVES–Women Activated for Voluntary Emergency Service. Over the next two and a half years, she chronicled her story in letters home. Local author Karen Berkley Hunstberger shares her book "I'll be Seeing You-Letters from a Navy Girl" and through Lucy’s letters we understand what it was like to be a young military woman in WWII, receiving the same rank and pay as a man for the first time in history. Copies of both books will be available for purchase.

Saturday, October 26, 2019; 11:00 a.m.:
While many people have seen movies that portray sex trafficking as involving kidnapping, overseas sales, and dramatic rescues, most would not recognize the indicators of trafficking when it is their neighbor or child. Elizabeth Alston, with the State of Oregon, Department of Human Services, Child Welfare, will unveil the complexities of trafficking right here in Oregon, and to equip participants with the skills to identify indicators and to know how to report trafficking, and how to interact with victims of trafficking.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (third Saturday); 11:00 a.m.:
We are pleased to welcome Chris Aiosa, Executive Director of Do Good Multnomah who will share their latest projects that currently serve houseless veterans within the Portland area. Do Good Multnomah, founded on Veterans Day in 2015, is a non-profit organization that partners with the community to provide permanent supportive housing and low-barrier emergency shelter to houseless Veterans in Portland, Oregon. Join us and learn more about this wonderful organization that Multnomah Chapter is pleased to support.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m.:
Education is one of the Daughters of the American Revolution's core missions. Through the DAR Schools Committee and the American Indian Committee, DAR supports several schools throughout the United States. Chapter Regent, Kelly Wiggins will share information about each school and how our chapter can provide support when needed. She will also share information about the many college scholarships DAR offers to students.

Saturday, January 25, 2020; 11:00 a.m.:
Bring your ancestor information, laptop or tablet and let us show you the basics of navigating the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) & the DAR Online Library Catalog. Chapter Regent, Kelly Wiggins and Vice Regent, Vina Dreke will show a brief GRS tutorial and then we will take time to explore the GRS or online library catalog on our own.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020; 11:00 a.m.:
Oregon State Regent, Rebecca Taylor will visit our chapter for our 124th birthday celebration when we will kick off our commemorative year leading up to our 125th birthday. We will have a brief presentation, our chapter's heritage and some historical items available for viewing, including the very first minute books and scrapbook featuring news articles of Multnomah Chapter's early days and our service work during World War I.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:00 a.m.:
In his presentation, "From Native American to Scottish", Don Anderson shares his personal and inspirational story of his search for his birth parents, using traditional paper resources and then the use of DNA. Ultimately he wrote "Paper and Spit", a memoir and he shares with us his mission to spread the word about DNA testing and its power to unlock mysteries for people. Mr. Anderson will also have copies of his book for purchase.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 (third Saturday); 11:00 a.m.:
The Columbia River Highway, later renamed the Historic Columbia River Highway, was a technical and civic achievement of its time, successfully marrying ambitious engineering with sensitive treatment of the surrounding magnificent landscape of the Columbia River Gorge. Jeanette Kloos, President, Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway will join us and share the highway's history and how we can help get involved with the many projects they are supporting, including the construction of the new Mitchell Point Crossing with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2020.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020; 11:00 a.m.:
We will hold our annual meeting at historic Caples House Museum Complex in Columbia City. The meeting will be in the Knapp Social Center. We will hold a memorial service for those members we have lost in the past year, along with our business meeting and 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. For our program, volunteer museum docents will share how they help to share and preserve the history of our OSSDAR museums.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Benjamin BeachNew York
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
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 FitzhughVirgina
Sgt. Andrew GeistPennsylvania
Pvt. Trueman GibbsConnecticut
George GrahamVirginia
Capt. John HardingPennsylvania
Pvt. Samuel HeadleyNew Jersey
James HenryNorth Carolina
Pvt. Samuel HindsVirginia
Andrew Hoover, Jr.North Carolina
Andrew Hoover, Sr.North Carolina
Benjamin HoppingNew York
Samuel JacksonPennsylvania
Pvt. Cornelius JonesNew York
Abel Judson, Jr.Connecticut
Hugh KennedyPennsylvania
Pvt. John KernPennsylvania
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
Capt. Turner RichardsonVirginia
Dudley Roundtree, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Job RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. John RowleyConnecticut
Martin SchaefferPennsylvania
Pvt. Leonard Claybourne ShoemakerVirginia
Lt. Christoher Gotthard SicklerNew Jersey
Sgt. Henry SlackMaryland
Lt. Matthew SmallVirginia
Matthew StanleyNew Hampshire
William Utley, Sr.North Carolina
Mathias WeaverVirginia
Sgt. Nathaniel WhiteNew York
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia

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