DAR celebrates 120th anniversary

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, NSDAR, is 120 years old.

In April 1894, an Informal meeting was held in the home of Mrs. William Glover to organize the chapter. The charter was issued on May 11, 1894. Mrs. Glover was elected regent.

In the Old Academy, the chapter house, the charter is framed in oak taken from the beams of the Fairfield houses of Mrs. Hobart and Glover.

The national DAR was founded in 1890 during a period marked by a revival in patriotism and interest in the American Revolution.

Chapter members celebrated the 120th anniversary with a dinner at the Black Rock Yacht Club. Thirteen toasts were offered to various patriots and military figures, in remembrance of the 13 toasts given at George Washington’s farewell dinner for his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City in 1796.

The DAR is a women’s volunteer service organization that promotes education, historic preservation, and patriotism. Information about the local chapter can be found at EuniceDennieBurrDAR.org.

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