"Like an endless strand, the descendants of the Revolutionary fathers have woven themselves into the warp and woof of American life; and, spreading from ocean to ocean, have implanted true ideals of citizenship and right thinking." - Honorary Organizing Chapter Regent Anna Ford Pursell
With these thoughts in mind, the first DAR chapter in Idaho was named "Pioneer." Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on November 14, 1908, and our honorary organizing regent served as its first Regent. In the early years, daughters staged patriotic pageants, marched in Flag Day parades and supported the Children's Home.
During World War I, members knitted more than 1,000 garments for the troops in Europe and hired children at the Children's Home and prisoners in the penitentiary to "Knit for Victory." Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, "adopted" 22 French orphans and provided comfort items for the seriously wounded being treated at the Boise Veterans Hospital.
After the War, Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters distributed Americanization Manuals and assisted new immigrants in becoming naturalized citizens. One of our distinguished members, established a scholarship fund to enable disadvantaged youth to attend college. Sisters of Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, donated their family's pioneer cabin to the chapter. It was the first family dwelling in Boise. Chapter members restored the historic cabin, where they held numerous social gatherings. More than one President General enjoyed a cup of tea in front of its fireplace.
Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, established Ward Memorial Park, site of one of the largest massacres on the Oregon Trail, and erected historical markers in Boise and in Pocatello, honoring Oregon Trail Pioneers. Decorations from one of the annual Colonial Balls were displayed at Continental Congress in 1932 and were greatly admired by the delegates.
Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, has experienced many changes since 1908. Our membership has grown from a dozen proud women to over 100 members. The Colonial Balls and Flag Day parades are no more. Some things, however, have not changed; our commitment to education, patriotism, service for veterans and historic preservation continue to be priorities.
Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, continues to be a vital part of the community and NSDAR. Members range in age from "twenty-something" to "ninety-something." We are teachers, bankers, musicians, retirees, attorneys, community volunteers, physicians, and homemakers. We are natives of Idaho and Iowa, California and Colorado, Maine and Maryland. We are all proud to be members of Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR.
Photo Courtesy: Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR, archives.
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Last updated: August 26, 2023