Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR

Programs and Events

Guests are welcome to attend our monthly chapter meetings. Please contact our chapter regent, Kathleen J. Evans, for information.

Calendar

September 2019

Saturday, September 14: NJ State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. Please contact our chapter regent if you'd like to volunteer at the NJDAR table.

Sunday, September 15, 1:00 PM: Welcome Open House informal chapter gathering to meet old and new members, get information, ideas, and news, enjoy refreshments. 2 PM tour of the museum.

September 17-23: Constitution Week. Please contact our chapter regent to see how you can get involved.

September 20-21: NJDAR Fall State Meeting, Princeton, NJ

October 2019
Family History Month

Monday, October 7, 7:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: Highlights from the 128th Continental Congress, committee sign-ups, Tell Us About Your Patriot Ancestor. Please contact our chapter regent ahead of time if you'd like to share your ancestor.

Friday, October 11: NSDAR’s 128th Anniversary

Saturday, October 19, 5:30 - 8:00 PM: NJDAR "Watson After Dark"

November 2019
Native American History Month

Sunday, November 3: New Jersey Day at Valley Forge, PA

Monday, November 4, 7:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: Service and Therapy Dogs. Talk and demonstration by Terri Blair and Derry, the Moyen Poodle.

Monday, November 11: Veterans Day

December 2019

Saturday, December 7, 12:30 PM: Holiday Luncheon. Site: Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune, NJ. Program: A Mile in Their Shoes: Historical Interpretation and Its Impact on Preserving Memory. Presenter: Colin Zimmerman, living historian and author.

January 2020

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day

February 2020
African American History Month

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: Secret Codes in Spirituals. Talk and performance by chapter member, Janet Tartaglia.

Monday, February 17: Presidents' Day

March 2020
Women's History Month

Monday, March 2, 7:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: The History-making Women's Medical College of Philadelphia (founded 1850). Presenter: Florence Wharton, historian and author.

April 2020

April 23-25: NJDAR 2020 Awards Day and NJDAR Spring Conference. Location TBD.

Monday, April (date TBD), 7:00 PM: American History Essay Awards Ceremony followed by our regular meeting.

May 2020

Monday May 25: Memorial Day

Saturday, May 30: Noon. Chapter Annual Potluck Picnic at a member's house.

June 2020

Sunday, June 14: Flag Day

June 23-28, 2020: 129th Continental Congress, Washington, D.C.

July 2020

Saturday, July 4: Independence Day

August 2020

Wednesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day, 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendmen

We also enjoy field trips and service projects!

Visit the NJDAR Members website for events throughout the state.

Commemorative Events

  • Independence Day - July 4th: Individual members and chapters should plan ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, our Patriots and the signing of the Declaration of Independence: fly flags, enjoy picnics, watch fireworks, participate in community celebrations (and if you are in lucky enough to be in Washington, D.C., consider marching with DAR in the Nation’s Independence Day Parade).

  • 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, 2012 - 2025: Chapters are encouraged to continue to recognize Vietnam-era servicemen and women.  Be sure to become a commemorative partner of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, sponsored by the Department of Defense. By Presidential Proclamation, this Commemoration will continue through Veterans Day, November 11, 2025.

  • 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower, 1620-2020: The Mayflower is one of the most important ships in American history, having brought the pilgrims to Massachusetts during the Great Puritan Migration of the 17th century. These pilgrims were some of the first European settlers in America. Prior to leaving the ship and establishing Plymouth Colony , they signed the Mayflower Compact , a document which established a rudimentary form of democracy with each member contributing to the welfare of the community.

  • 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre - 2020: The Boston Massacre was a deadly riot that occurred on March 5, 1770, on King Street in Boston. It began as a street brawl between American colonists and a lone British soldier, but quickly escalated to a chaotic slaughter. The conflict energized anti-Britain sentiment and paved the way for the American Revolution. This marks the first 250th anniversary event associated with the Semiquincentennial celebration.

  • 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail - 2021: The Santa Fe Trail was an 800-mile trade route, begun in 1821 by Trader William Becknall in Independence, Missouri, and extending to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The trail helped to open the region to economic development and settlement, playing a vital role in the expansion of the United States. The route is commemorated today by the National Park Service as the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

  • 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage - 2019 & 2020: More than 70 years after the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention first called for the right for women to vote, President Woodrow Wilson called a special session of Congress in 1918 to consider an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow women’s suffrage. After passage, it was sent to the states for approval, and in 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, making it official. Among the earliest proponents were DAR members Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul.

    For more information, visit:https://www.dar.org/archives/suffrage-march-centennial-anniversary-online-exhibition.

  • 100th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - 11 November 2021: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is dedicated to U.S. service members who have died with their remains unidentified. The Unknown Soldiers laid to rest at the Tomb represent all missing and unknown service members who made the ultimate sacrifice – they not only gave their lives, but also their identities to protect these freedoms. The Tomb is the final resting place for Unknowns from World War I, World War II and the Korean War, and it is guarded at all times. The Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier is located in Philadelphia . That memorial honors the thousands of soldiers who died during the American Revolution, many of whom were buried nearby in mass graves.

  • America 250!

    We stand on the eve of a grand commemoration. In July 2026, the United States will mark its 250th anniversary – and DAR is preparing to celebrate in a big way!

    The National Society has established the America 250! Committee to plan DAR's involvement during our nation's upcoming 250th birthday. Much like the Bicentennial celebration of 1976, this observance provides an exceptional opportunity for community involvement. DAR chapters will work to leave a lasting impact on their communities through meaningful local projects and events during this anniversary.

    DAR is thrilled to be represented on the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and looks forward to working with the Commission to help plan nationwide celebrations worthy of this momentous milestone.

DAR American History Essay Contest

All students in grades 5 - 8, in a public, private or parochial school, or who are home-schooled, are eligible.

Please contact our chapter Regent for information.

Scholarships

The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.

The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.

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DAR Schools

DAR Supported Schools

Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region- Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School, South Carolina.

Kate Duncan Smith (KDS), founded on Gunter Mountain by the Alabama DAR in 1924, is a day school, kindergarten through 12th grade, serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1,300 students yearly. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, and horticultural and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.

Tamasse DAR School is a private 501-(c)(3) non-profit children’s home and family service organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families with a variety of needs.  Our programs and services include seven child care homes that serve up to 8 – 10 residential children, a Middle School Academy program,  an After Care Program for reunified families and students enrolled in college or living independently, and a  Day Care Program serving infants, toddlers and after school children in the community.  Tamassee DAR School was founded by the South Carolina State Society DAR and accepted as a National Project by the National Society DAR in 1921. Since that time, thousands of children have received a loving home, an excellent education and the love of a professional caring staff. 

The following schools are on the Approved Schools list:

Berry College, Georgia, was founded in 1902 to provide high school education to rural youth and became the first approved DAR school in 1904. It was developed into a college in 1926, and today, it is one of the outstanding comprehensive colleges in the South, with fully accredited art, science and professional programs as well as specialized graduate programs in education and business administration.

Crossnore School, Inc., North Carolina, was founded in the early 1900s to give the children from the mountains and foothills of North Carolina a home while attending public schools in Avery County. The school also provides day care services for local children.

Hillside School, Inc., Massachusetts, was founded in 1901 as a rural home for boys who were orphaned or otherwise without a home or family. It now provides a structural and supportive environment for students with learning problems. Its program stresses reading, writing, math, science, literature, social studies, fine arts, and industrial arts.

Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky, was founded in 1902 to provide an educational opportunity for the youth of the mountains. Its major educational emphasis today is its work with students with dyslexic characteristics. This is the only program of its type within 200 miles.It also offers an Adult Basic Education/GED Program.

Each of these schools is given financial assistance by DAR members, including scholarships, material donations, and genuine personal interest. Over $1 million is given annually by the DAR to support these schools.

Help support these schools through the Friends of DAR Schools Fund.

The DAR, through its American Indians Committee, assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon.

Good citizenship and love of country are taught at all of these schools.

 

 

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