One hundred years ago, a group of patriotic and community-minded women started something very special. These women all had a direct lineal descendant of soldiers or others of the Revolutionary period who aided the cause of independence, and they all shared a strong desire to be part of a group that betters society, so they started the Daughters of the American Revolution – Cora Stickney Harper Chapter.
“I am honored to be a part of this great society and to know that my sixth great-grandfather served in the American Revolutionary War to help us gain our independence,” says Marsha Braun.
The National Society of the DAR patriotic society was officially organized on Oct. 11, 1890, and chartered by Congress on Dec. 2, 1896. In the late 20th century, the society’s membership totaled approximately 180,000, with some 3,000 local chapters throughout the United States and in several other countries. The State of Florida currently has 101 chapters.
The Cora Stickney Harper Chapter in Fort Pierce celebrated its 100th birthday in May 2014, with a special luncheon and a theatrical presentation called “An Afternoon in June 1914 – A Brief History of Cora Stickney Harper Chapter,” complete with costumes and excellent conversations among some of the key original members to illustrate the Chapter’s rich history. It was written by Centennial Committee chair Joanne Humphries.
The Cora Stickney Harper Chapter is the seventh oldest chapter in Florida. Karen Evans is the current Regent and Cindy Brantley is the current Registrar. Other officers include Lois Donohue as vice Regent/recording secretary, Donna Williford as corresponding secretary, Janet Pitzer as assistant treasurer, Janel Cohen as second vice Regent, Karon Drew as historian, Nancy Haefer as librarian, Penny Donnahoo as treasurer, Darlene Haines as Chaplain, and Marsha Braun as publicity chair.
For more information on the DAR or to find a chapter close to you, call Karon Drew at (772) 461-0954.