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Daughters of the American Revolution - Monument Chapter Collection M/A 2000.115

Daughters of the American Revolution - Monument Chapter Collection M/A 2000.115

Creator:Daughters of the American Revolution. Mounument Chapter. (Minneapolis Minn.)
Title: Daughters of the American Revolution - Monument Chapter Collection
Quantity: 3.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Organized December 11, 1900, in Minneapolis, the Monument Chapter was one of the earliest chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Minnesota. Its initial project was to erect a monument to George Washington. In 1914, it was decided to have the monument take the form of an endowed flagstaff. The monument was completed in 1917, erected in Gateway Park, and dedicated and presented to the Minneapolis Park Board. The Monument Chapter has contributed funds and gifts to Sibley House properties, and donated many memorial genealogical books to the Minnesota State Library (?) and the DAR Library in Washington.

The Monument Chapter's website (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mnmcdar/), accessed on December 10, 2012, presented the following information about the chapter:

"One of the oldest and largest Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapters in Minnesota, the Monument Chapter was chartered in Minneapolis on Dec. 11, 1900. With over 80 members, it is one of the fastest growing chapters in the NSDAR North Central region.

Meetings are held over the lunch hour on the second Thursday of the month during March, April, June, August, September and November. In December a luncheon meeting is held on the first Saturday of the month.

During May and October, members attend the Minnesota State DAR meetings, and in July the National Society DAR Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

Membership is drawn primarily from South Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Hopkins with chapter meeting locations rotating throughout these cities. Residents of other areas of the Minneapolis metro are welcome to join if meeting locations and times are convenient for them."

The website also presented a list of patriotic monuments undertaken by the Monument Chapter:

July 4, 1917: Gateway Park Flagpole 1928-1929: Snelling Park Chapel June 14, 1939: Sibley Park Flagpole 1973: Southdale Library Flagpole 1987: Granite Boulder in Tupa Park 2000: Restoration of the base of Gateway Park Flagpole 2003: Normandale French Immersion School Flagpole June 14, 2004: Dedication of Flagpole at Edina Library June 11, 2009: New Flagpole for DuPuis House

Collection Description

Collection consists of clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and two scrapbooks of national, state and Monument chapter D.A.R. events from the late 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. The two time periods that are most prominently represented are the 1930s and 1960-61.

Three boxes.

Contents of Box 1

Scrapbook, consisting of programs, pamphlets, flyers, articles, photographs, ribbons, and other materials relating to the activities and events of national, state and Monument chapter D.A.R., predominantly from the 1930s but also including scattered materials from the 1920s, as early as 1925, and the 1940s. Also includes correspondence, reports, and a bank statement from 1958-59.

Contents of Box 2

Scrapbook, consisting of clippings, correspondence, photographs, and other materials relating to the activities of and events of national, state and Monument chapter D.A.R., predominantly from 1960-61 but also including a document from 1937 and scattered materials from 1958 and 1959.

Contents of Box 3

Two newspaper clippings on the Monument Chapter, from 1950 and 1980, and one program (1965-1967).

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Daughters of the American Revolution.


Women -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis -- Societies and clubs.

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