Elizabeth Benton
Kansas City Oldest chapter in Missouri
  Carole Farmer  
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Kansas City, Missouri

Chaper History:

The oldest chapter in the state of Missouri was chartered on November 20, 1894.

Edith Beecher Allen, was our organizing regent and the first meeting was held for 19 members in her home on 1313 Pennsylvania, Kansas City. The chapter was named after the beautiful, vivacious wife of the esteemed Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, who was also known for his great oratorical speeches. The chapter's vast history began with their patriotic efforts for the Spanish-American War soldiers as they left from Union Station, and the chapter provided sandwiches. During the 1903 flood, the members donated funds and help to the families deluged by water.

In 1913, the chapter dedicated the beautiful granite marker of Thomas Hart Benton at Gladstone and Benton Boulevard.

In 1916, the chapter started night schools for the foreign, teaching English to all. During World War I the chapter regent went overseas to help with the sick and injured. In 1921 the chapter started a monthly newsletter, the first of its kind in Missouri.

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"WE ARE TODAY'S DAR"

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The "Oldest Chapter in the State of Missouri," doesn't mean that its members are the oldest! We are an enthusiastic group of women (ages 18-108) from all walks of life, who share a common bond of ancestry, and passion for education, patriotism, and historic preservation--the goals of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. We have had four state regents and two national officers. At one time the chapter had 379 members. Currently the chapter has 59 members, with many new prospective members.

Chapter meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month, September through May. Guests are welcome. A genealogy help session is held before and after every meeting for visitors who wish to find their ancestor. Contact us for more information.

Historic Preservation

Over twenty historical markers have been placed; nine Revolutionary soldiers' and seven Real Daughters' graves have been marked.

Education

The chapter encourages students to participate in state and national sponsored American History essay and DAR Good Citizen scholarship contests, and recognizes outstanding students enrolled in the JROTC program. These programs are available for all students grade 5-12 enrolled in public and private schools in the Kansas City School District.

Patriotism

The chapter promotes patriotism through its ongoing support of veterans through monetary contributions, personal donations, and other state and national sponsored projects. Flags are donated to schools, scout groups, churches, cemeteries, and other institutions with a primary objective to keep the flag flying, protect it continuously under all conditions, and to educate citizens regarding its correct usage. The chapter recognizes Constitution Week, with a proclamation by the mayor to create public awareness during the week of September 17-23, each year.

Visit the DAR Genealogical Research System, to determine if your ancestor is a recognized Revolutionary War patriot.

For membership eligibility, visit the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution web site

Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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