DAR to collaborate with Fairfield Public Library on “Read-A-Thon and More!”

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be coordinating a service project, in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution which is being celebrated throughout this year. The DAR, which is comprised of the descendants of the Patriots who won American independence, was founded on October 11, 1890, as a service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Members of the local Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter will be collaborating with the staff of the Fairfield Public Library’s Main Branch on a “Read-A-Thon and More!” on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. This 12.5 hour service project, which will be held at the Old Fairfield Academy on 635 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, will include, in addition to a traditional read-a-thon, such activities as two Victorian Teas (for all ages); story hours all day; period crafts; a veterans’ roundtable discussion; colonial games; a patriotic sing along with the Mendelssingers; and much more. To see a full listing of the day’s events and to register for one or more activities, please click this link.

“Our chapter, which was organized in 1894, carries out the important mission of the National Society here on the local level,” said Chapter Regent Dr. Linda S. Paslov. “We’re excited to demonstrate the vibrancy and contributions of today’s DAR by serving our local community as Daughters have been doing throughout the nation for 125 years.”

There are currently nearly 180,000 members of the DAR, serving in approximately 3,000 chapters across the nation and in several foreign countries. More than 940,000 women have joined the organization since its founding 125 years ago.

“Here in Fairfield, the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, for example, serves by engaging in historic preservation projects (including the Powder House and Franklin Mile Marker, as well as local patriots’ gravestone cleaning); supporting veterans (on Veterans’ Day, on Independence day, and through outreach activities, most recently donating bedding and a flag pole to the Pfc. Nicholas A, Maderas Home for women veterans; awarding our high school and middle schools students Good Citizen Awards; and making our Old Academy School Room available to school groups and the community for tours throughout the year. We are proud to carry out DAR’s mission to celebrate our American way of life,” said Paslov. “All women who can document descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot are encouraged to consider the many benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership.”

Prospective members are encouraged to visit www.DAR.org to learn more and to contact our local chapter at [email protected] or 203-378-6393 or visit our website at www.EuniceDennieBurr.org to obtain more information about membership eligibility.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. 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 is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations with nearly 180,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. These members passionately carry out the timeless mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.dar.org.

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