On March 16, 2010, Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter NSDAR celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary. Members are dedicated to promoting patriotism, education, and the preservation of history. For membership eligibility, please visit our membership page. Please contact us if you are interested in DAR membership and would like to attend one of our meetings. We meet monthly with noted speakers, informing the members of history, conservation, patriotism, and genealogy.
Our chapter supports men and women in the military, as well as veterans. We celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, and Veterans Day. Interesting Historic Chapter Note: During World War II, chapter members collected scrap iron, rubber, and fat. Every Thursday was spent working in the Red Cross room on surgical dressings. They knitted sweaters, socks, and wristlets for soldiers in camp. The chapter also made funds for the Red Cross with an auction. Pictured is the Ray County Courthouse, and the Alexander W. Doniphan Statue, located in Richmond, Missouri.
Our chapter gives an annual award to the top Richmond eighth grade history student. Monetary awards are given to the outstanding vocal music student, instrumental music student, and history student in the Richmond High School senior class. DAR Good Citizens awards are presented to one member of the senior class of each of the five county high schools. A gift subscription of the DAR magazine, American Spirit, is given to the Ray County Library each year. In the picture (left), chapter members pose with Ray County Clerk, and Ray County Commissioners for the declaration signing of Constitution Week, September 17-23.
Our chapter supports the two historic properties owned by the Missouri State Society DAR: Roslyn Heights in Boonville, Missouri, and Cold Water Cemetery in Florissant, Missouri. Both properties are on the National Register of Historic Places. Roslyn Heights was built in 1895. Three Revolutionary War soldiers are buried at Cold Water, and a Memorial Day service is held there every year. The Madonna of the Trail, located in Lexington, Missouri, is a national landmark maintained by the MSSDAR.
Today’s DAR members are talented, professional women who share a passion for promoting patriotism, supporting education, and contributing to historical preservation. There are approximately 3,000 DAR chapters in the United States and abroad. Visit the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution website to learn more. The Missouri State DAR website offers information regarding: how Missouri Daughters have served Missouri communities since 1891; finding the right Missouri chapter to join; how we honor our living American veterans; and view a list of our current state officers.