Wayne Chapter, NSDAR
Namesake: General Anthony Wayne
Chapter Motto: Bee Happy Patriots Working Together
The Wayne Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on April 12, 1913, by Harriet E. Rockwell Roberts. One of our charter members was Jennie Brownscombe, a renowned artist. Over the century, Wayne Chapter, NSDAR, members have worked to accomplish the objectives of The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution by offering service to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavors. The chapter members have also made the National Society's motto, God, Home and Country, words to live by as they conduct their daily lives.
Education: Our chapter annually presents the DAR Good Citizens Award, which recognizes outstanding young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. The Dorothy S. Noble Scholarship is awarded to deserving high school students in honor of Dorothy Noble, who served as Wayne Chapter, NSDAR, regent for seven years and was a dedicated leader of the chapter for many years. Chapter members participate in the annual Women's Issues Essay Contest, which brings awareness to the complexity of issues facing today's women. The chapter has received state and national recognition for their participation. One of the chapter members was awarded a citation of honor for Women's History Month.
Patriotism: The chapter's support for the community is extensive; supporting veterans, conservation, and victim intervention programs. The chapter distributes American flags, copies of the Flag Code and flag certificates and contributes worn flags for proper disposal. The chapter awarded an ROTC medal to a college graduate who was a third generation chapter member. Wayne Chapter, NSDAR, participates annually in the commemoration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Lackawazen, Pennsylvania, the Battle of Minisink in nearby Barryville, New York, and Patriots Day in nearby Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg, New York.
Historical Preservation: The chapter works at preserving and marking historic sites. In 1926 the chapter placed a Revolutionary War monument in Riverside Park, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, listing Revolutionary War soldiers from the area. In 1931-1933 the chapter restored White's Valley Octagon School and participated in its dedication with a plaque. The grave of Sarah Benjamin, an American Revolution Patriot, and an historical marker on route 371 in her honor was placed by the chapter in 1991. A bronze marker on the birthplace of Jennie Brownscombe, charter member of the chapter and renowned artist, known for her famous painting "The First Thanksgiving," was also placed by the chapter. Grave markers on chapter organizer Harriet Rockwell Roberts and Real Daughter, Lucinda Rockwell Valentine, were repaired. Wallenpaupack Historical Society restored Purdy Cemetery; the chapter participated in its re-dedication and marked Revolutionary War patriot's graves of Silas and William Purdy.
Any woman 18 years of age or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot in the American Revolutionary War is eligible for membership. Wayne Chapter, NSDAR, actively seeks out new members. Please contact us for more information.
General Anthony Wayne
General Anthony Wayne is our chapter's namesake.
He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the family homestead between the towns of Paoli and Wayne on January 1, 1754.
General Wayne served in the Continental Army from January 1776, until his retirement in 1783. He was a friend of President George Washington and was called back to service in 1792 to command a new army: the Legion of the United States.
After accepting the formal surrender of the British forts along the Great Lakes, General Wayne fell ill in Erie, Pennsylvania, on his way back to Pittsburgh. He died on December of 1796 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is interred in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Some of our Activities:
We present programs of interest with subjects such as the flag on Veterans Day.
We help people find their patriot at events like our annual Find Your Patriot at a local library.
We are also very active in the community by helping Victims Intervention Programs, helping our veterans by donations and help at the Wilkes Barre PA Veteran's Center, historical events, raising money for schools, supporting local schools with annual awards for essay winners, presenting wreaths at local unknown soldier's grave, and participating in the ceremonies at local battlefields.
We have a member who dresses in period garb as Martha Washington and presents programs about history.
We have published a cookbook - Daughter's Awesome Recipes through amazon which is currently available.
We are also in the process of finding and recording the gravesites of the Revolutionary War soldiers in our area.
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