Welcome to Denver, Colorado's

     Peace Pipe Chapter

         National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

         Julia Patterson, Chapter Regent

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     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.


     National NSDAR had given approval for the Chapter to be named "Sante 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 wreathing up from the Peace Pipe formed the letters "NSDAR"


     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.


     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 14th, 1911.  Each year two flags 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.


     In 1945, the Chapter received one of Sitting Bull's Peace Pipes.  The red stone pipe was supposed 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, to whom Chief Sitting Bull presented the pipe in 1882, presented the pipe to our Chapter.  The Chapter presented it to the NSDAR Museum in Washington D.C., where it is currently displayed.


     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.


     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.




Regular Meetings of Peace Pipe Chapter are held the first Saturday of each month, September through May. The meeting location is Virginia Village Library, 1500 S. Dahlia St. Denver. Refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m. and meeting and program at 10:00 a.m.

For information please contact Regent Julia Patterson.


Chapter Organized June 1, 1910



Who We Are
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her Patriot ancestor.

Acceptable Service
The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows:

Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Military Service, such as participation in:

Army and Navy of the Continental Establishment

State NavyState and Local Militia

Military or Naval Service performed by French nationals in the American theater of war

Civil Service, under authority of Provisional or new State Governments:

State Officials

County and Town Officials (Town Clerk, Selectman, Juror, Town Treasurer, Judge, Sheriff, Constable, Jailer, Surveyor of Highways, Justice of the Peace, etc.)

Patriotic Service, which includes:

Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, and Assemblies

Membership in committees made necessary by the War, including service on committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies from April 1774, such as Committees of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety, committees to care for soldier's families, etc.

Signer of Oath of Fidelity and Support, Oath of Allegiance, etc.

Members of the Boston Tea Party

Defenders of Forts and Frontiers, and Signers of petitions addressed to and recognizing the authority of the Provisional and new State Governments

Doctors, nurses, and others rendering aid to the wounded (other than their immediate families)

Ministers who gave patriotic sermons and encouraged patriotic activity

Furnishing a substitute for military service

Prisoners of war or refugees from occupying forces

Prisoners on the British ship Old Jersey or other prison ships

Service in the Spanish Troops under Galvez or the Louisiana Militia after 24 December 1776

Service performed by French nationals within the colonies or in Europe in support of the American cause

Those who rendered material aid, in Spanish America, by supplying cattle for Galvez's forces after 24 December 1776

Those who applied in Virginia for Certificates of Rights to land for settlement and those who were entitled to and were granted preemption rights

Those who took the Oath of Fidelity to the Commonwealth of Virginia from October 1779 to 26 November 1783

Those who rendered material aid such as furnishing supplies with or without remuneration, lending money to the Colonies, munitions makers, gunsmiths, etc.

Junior Members

A Junior is a DAR member age 18 through 35 years of age (until her 36th birthday) who holds full DAR membership with the same responsibilities and privileges as a regular member, but is eligible to page at national, state, or chapter events. She may page at the Colorado State Conference as long as she would like and Continental Congress until her 41st birthday. When qualified, she may serve as an officer and chairman at the chapter, state, and national levels.

If you’re interested in Membership, please contact the Regent, Julia Patterson and/or our Chapter Registrar, Gail Arnert to learn more about becoming a member of the DAR.


Date Program

September 7, 2013

“Revolutionary War Women” by Jill S. Tietjen
October 5, 2013 “Today’s DAR”
November 5, 2013 “Preserving Our Past” by Susan Livingston
December 7, 2013 “Stories of Christmas Past” Member stories
January 4, 2014 “The Underground Railroad” by Sandy Sweeny
February 1, 2014 “Arlington Cemetery” by Lisette Clemens
March 1, 2014 “The WASPs of WWII” by Mary Daley
April 5, 2014 “The Night Sky:  A Journey from Dachau to Denver and Back” by Maria Sutton
**May 10, 2014 Memorial Service, State Conference Reports, Installation of Officers
**June 14, 2014 Flag Day Observance and Flag Raising Ceremony
Genesee Mt. Park
Picnic After Ceremony



What is DAR?
Who can be a member of DAR?
Does DAR accept members who are minorities?
Is membership limited to certain religious affiliation?
How do I become a member?
Why does DAR have a lineal requirement for membership?
Is DAR a political organization and does it lobby Congress?

Q. What is DAR?
A. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage society that is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information about the DAR click here.

Q. Who can be a member of DAR?
A. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. DAR defines a "patriot" as one who provided service or direct assistance in achieving America's independence. For more information about the DAR membership click here.

Q. Does DAR accept members who are minorities?
A. Yes. DAR has members of all races and ethnic backgrounds. For more information about the DAR membership click here.

Q. Is membership limited to certain religious affiliation?
A. No. DAR is proud to have members from many different religions, including Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Buddhist, and Islamic. For more information about the DAR membership click here.

Q. How do I become a member?
A. Get in touch with a local chapter by filling out a Prospective Member Information Request Form. For more information about becoming a member click here.

Q. Why does DAR have a lineal requirement for membership?
A. The DAR was founded in 1890 by four women whose common bond was the fact that each had fathers or grandfathers who were patriots of the American Revolution. The founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution sought to create an organization that would "perpetuate the memory and spirit of the women and men who achieved American independence."

Q. Is DAR a political organization and does it lobby Congress?
A. No, the DAR is not a political organization, nor does it lobby. DAR is a patriotic society composed of members who subscribe to different political philosophies.




American Heritage Committee Promotes the preservation of American heritage in the fields of arts, crafts, drama, literature and music. Member Contests are available in all fields.
American History Committee Promotes American history throughout the year by honoring significant historical people, places, dates and events. Offers American History Essay contests in schools and recognizes outstanding teachers of American History.
American Indians Committee Encourages awareness of American Indian affairs and provides financial assistance and educational aid to Native American youth through Bacone College, Chemawa School, Summer Camp, and SIP Fund.
Americanism Committee Encourages members to participate in naturalization ceremonies and assist with citizenship classes. Awards the DAR Medal of Honor and the DAR Americanism Medal.
Children of the American Revolution
Founded in 1895 by DAR, this committee provides patriotism and leadership training to today’s youth.
Community Service Awards Committee Recognizes worthy residents in the local community for outstanding achievement in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, and citizenship endeavors at the chapter and state levels.
Conservation Committee Promotes wise use, repair, and restoration of our earth’s resources. Conservation Medal Award applies to conservation achievements in this field.
Constitution Week Committee Brings the U.S. Constitution and the importance of its preservation to the attention of the general public by commemorating Constitution Week, September 17 – 23. Promotes flying the U.S. Flag all week, obtains proclamations from area mayors, and ring bells on September 17.
DAR Genealogy Preservation Committee Assists in the indexing of DAR genealogical, organizational, and membership information into computerized, searchable databases.
DAR Good Citizens Committee Encourages work with local high schools to recognize and reward high school seniors who possess and exhibit “Good Citizen” qualities.
DAR Museum Committee Informs members and the public about the DAR Museum and its exhibits, programs and needs. Supports the National Society’s goals of preservation, education, and patriotism by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the material culture and social history of pre-industrial America.  
DAR Project Patriot Committee Organizes and coordinates support for those currently serving our country. Activities can range from adopting a platoon to sending cards and care packages to military personnel or their families.
DAR School Committee Collects box tops and labels for education and supports schools sponsored by the DAR. Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. DAR Sponsored schools include: Kate Duncan Smith (KDS), Alabama and Tamassee, South Carolina. Also on the Approved Schools list are: Berry College, Georgia; Crossnore School, Inc., North Carolina; Hillside School, Inc., Massachusetts; and Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky.
DAR Service for Veterans Committee As a member of the national Veterans Administration Voluntary Service Advisory Committee, DAR has representatives in Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. Members volunteer in VA facilities and in state/community-based programs, donating gifts, cash, personal care items, and thousands of hours of time in service to America’s veterans.
Historic Preservation Assists NSDAR in their efforts for historical preservation: historic sites. Historic Preservation Medal and Historic Preservation Awards are available.
Junior Membership Committee Members from the age of 18 through 35 are Junior Members. She holds full membership in the National society, State Society, and chapter, and when qualified, may serve as an officer and chairman at all levels.
Lineage Research Committee Helps prospective members research their ancestry and the required documentation for membership.
Literacy Promotion Committee Promotes literacy in both children and adults.
Membership Committee Supports (1) communication and education for an active and visible membership; (2) education of members in recruiting new members, retaining current members and reclaiming former members; (3) motivating membership for active referrals; (4) maintaining accurate membership records with e-Membership database; (5) recognizing outstanding achievement in membership.
National Defense Committee Collects and presents articles of interest regarding national defense. Recognizes patriotic students, elementary through high school, and ROTC cadets. Presents Good Citizenship Awards to elementary through high school students. Gold and bronze ROTC medals presented to outstanding high school and college cadets.
Public Relations and Media Committee Assists with informing the public about DAR objectives and accomplishments in all available media to increase public support and awareness of DAR’s work
The Flag of the United States of America Committee Distributes thousands of flags, flag codes, certificates and other patriotic literature annually.
Volunteer Genealogists Committee NSDAR-trained volunteers who assist with the completion of well-documented applications and assist with verification of supplemental information.  Field Genealogists conduct workshops for both members and prospective members.  Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist Award is presented in this field.
Volunteer Information Specialists Committee (VIS) Helps maintain the chapter website. Approves chapter and state public websites; donates thousands of hours to build databases as requested by the National Society.
Women's Issues Committee Provides current information on issues of health, career, and family, with emphasis on how DAR can be an integral part of the lives of women across the age spectrum.


Our Patriots

Anderson, George NC Private
Barron, John GA Soldier
Barron, William GA Patriotic Service
Bast, Peter MD Private
Bates, Lemuel CT Captain, Patriotic Service
Beatty, William PA Private
Bissell, Ozias, Jr CT Private
Bissell, Ozias, Sr CT Captain, Patriotic Service
Brown, Jacob  NC Private
Buckingham, William Jr PA Private
Burdick, Jonathan RI Patriotic Service
Butler, Isaac NC Private
Byers, James NC Captain 
Caldwell, David NC Patriotic Service
Campbell, John  NY Private
Causey, William MD Ensign
Comly, Robert PA Patriotic Service
Cutting, Eliphalet, Sr MA Private
Dennison, Alexander NY Soldier
Donaldson, John VA Sergeant
Duhamel, James MD Patriotic Service
Durant, William MA Private
Flanders, Elijah MA Private
Foster, John MD Private
Geer, Roger CT Private
Hackett, Elijah MA Private
Harrison, James PA Private
Hayter, Israel VA Private
Hillegas, George PA Patriotic Service
Hinman, Asabel NJ Patriotic Service, Captain
Holcomb, Timothy CT Private
Howard, Benjamin NC Patriotic Service, Soldier
Huntley, Nathan MA Soldier
Johnson, Arthur VA Lieutenant
Kellogg, Martin CT Private
Klinefelter, John PA Soldier
Mccreary, Thomas Sr SC Soldier
Mccune, Peter VA Private
Mcdowell, John NC Civil Service
Mitchell, Samuel VA Private
Morgan, Zackquil VA-PA Private
Osborn, Adlai NC Lieutenant Colonel
Osborn, Alexander NC Colonel, Patriotic Service
Packard, Isaac  NY DRUM
Patten, Jacob VA Private
Phelps, Ezekiel CT Lieutenant
Pillsbury, Ezra NH Civil Service, Patriotic Service
Poage, George VA Captain, Civil Service
Pruitt, Obediah VA Private
Ray, Thomas NC Private
Ridgeway, James VA Patriotic Service
Robertson, James VA Patriotic Service
Rule, John PA Private
Sanborn, Nathaniel NH Private, Patriotic Service
Sneath, Richard  PA Soldier
Stow, Andrew  NC Private
Talbot, Williston VA Lieutenant, Civil Service, Patriotic Service
Towne, Eli, Sr MA Civil Service
Trout, Michael VA Ensign
Truax, David VA Private
Turnley, John VA Civil Service, Soldier
Twombly, John NH COR
Vance, William VA Private
Wales, Jacob MA Captain 
Wells, John MA Captain 
Whetstone, William NC Patriotic Service
Wooldridge, Richard VA Soldier

DAR Links

Colorado State Society: http://www.coloradodar.org/
National Society Website:  http://www.dar.org/

Genealogical Research Links

The sites below are genealogical research suggestions only and are not endorsed or sponsored by the Peace Pipe Chapter, Colorado State DAR, or National Society DAR.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution   to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. 
Access Genealogy
With over 240,000 links it is also one of the largest directories of genealogy websites found online. It’s crowning achievement though is in providing Native American and African American researchers an avenue for research online. 
Fee-based, free trial.
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Free. A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
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Peace Pipe Chapter
     Regent - Julia Patterson
     Vice Regent -  Geary Anderson
     Chaplain - Alice Mansfield
     Recording Secretary - Deneen Frecka
     Corresponding Secretary - Judy Holtus
     Treasurer - Alice Jablonski
     Registrar - Gail Arnert
     Historian - Marion Baumann
     Librarian - Laurie Weitzel


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