On January 24, 1895,
a group of women met to organize the first chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution in the state of Colorado. The women who met
that day were very active in politics, their churches, and service organizations.
They belonged to lineage societies and literary groups. They were
involved in musical organizations and educational institutions. The
women were the civic leaders of their time. They were the charter
members of the Zebulon Pike Chapter, NSDAR. The charter members lived
close together in the central part of Colorado Springs. According
to a map at that time, there were only about eighteen city blocks between
the most extreme locations of the residences of the charter members.
The women's age spectrum ranged from 21 to 67 years of age, with most of
the members' ages ranging between 40-50 years. Their ages provided
a wonderful mixture of energy and talent. Click
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The preliminary work
for this first chapter was done in August, 1894, when Mary Goodale Montgomery
Slocum's application for membership to DAR was approved and she was appointed
the Colorado State Regent. It's quite possible that Julia Platt and
Elizabeth Cass Goddard, close neighbors of Mrs. Slocum and themselves DAR
members from back east, were instrumental in her appointment to this position.
The meeting on January 24, 1895, was held in Mrs. Slocum's home on the
campus of Colorado College. Mrs. Slocum's husband was at that time
President of Colorado College. At the time that they met, a rising
vote of about 25 indicated that they "felt disposed to join the DAR."
Mrs. Goddard signed the minutes as secretary. At the meeting held
on May 13, 1895, it was voted that a DAR chapter would be formed.
This is the date that is shown on the Zebulon Pike Chapter charter.
Mrs. Goddard was elected regent, Mrs. Charles Eldredge was elected secretary-treasurer,
and Mrs. William Platt was elected registrar.
Linda Smith Sandlin
8 September 2013
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