On Wednesday, June 1st, 1910, a luncheon meeting was held at the residence of the organizing regent, Mrs. Greydene-Smith in Denver, Colorado.
Mrs. Fred Wheaton, Colorado State Regent of NSDAR and Mrs. W. S. Tarbell were honored guests. There were seven other ladies present who were proud to be charter members of the new 13th Colorado NSDAR Chapter.
The table centerpiece was a real Indian Peace Pipe tied with the NSDAR colors, and each guest was given a small replica of a Peace Pipe.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution had given approval for the chapter to be named “Santa Fe Trail” but before the actual charter time, it was learned that Trinidad, Colorado, was organizing a new chapter. Since Trinidad was on the old trail, the name was relinquished to them.
Mrs. Greylene-Smith suggested the name “Peace Pipe” because of its historical significance in the development of the west. The term was also indicative of “a first meeting,” and favored by all.
The first yearbook cover was distinctive and different. The spirals of smoke writhing up from the peace pipe formed the letters “NSDAR.”
Flag Day is celebrated each year on Genesee Mountain where a flagpole and a monument are erected by our chapter. The first ceremony was held June 14, 1911. Each year two flags, flown over the U.S. Capitol, are given to the City and County of Denver through the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, who oversees the flying of the flag.
The flag base was designed and patented in 1927 by member Miss Annette Newcomb and is still in use.
May 3, 1917, Peace Pipe Chapter, along with two other chapters, planted and dedicated the first “Washington” elm tree in Washington Park.
The chapter has been active in placing markers, planting trees, and planting columbine seeds in the mountains.
One of our cherished traditions has been our “Peace Pipe Chapter Flag Pageant” chartered to our chapter. It is fully documented and copyrighted. It was compiled by Mrs. Arthur D. Wall with art work by Patricia Roth.
The Flag Pageant was presented the first time at a state conference in Pueblo, Colorado, and then taken to Washington D.C. and shown before the NSDAR Continental Congress in 1929. The pageant has been shown from coast to coast as well as overseas.
In 1945, the chapter received a red stone pipe that was reported to have been used at a conference between government commissioners, Chiefs of the Sioux, and other tribes in 1867. Robert R. Peale, son of Franklin Peale, who received the pipe in 1882, presented the pipe to our chapter. The chapter presented it to the DAR Museum in Washington D.C., where it is currently displayed.
The chapter began supporting the “I am an American Day” in 1941 and continues to support it although it is now known as “Citizenship Day.” We help the Naturalization Court of Denver and Arapahoe Counties to present flags and codes to new citizens at naturalization ceremonies.
The John Blue Society of the Children of the American Revolution was named for the ancestor of one of our members and is supported by the Peace Pipe and Mount Rosa Chapters.