The Deborah Sampson Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is located in Brockton, Massachusetts and serves seven surrounding towns as well as the City of Brockton with its ongoing programs. The membership of the Deborah Sampson Chapter NSDAR reaches even further beyond these boundaries.
Brockton is located approximately 20 miles south of Boston. It is served by Routes 24, 27, 28, and 123 as well as by commuter rail and bus service. Known in the past as the Shoe City, it proudly calls itself the City of Champions today.
Originally known as North Bridgewater, it was a major stop along the old Boston-Taunton Turnpike. The City of Brockton was incorporated in 1881 and shortly thereafter, in October 1883, was chosen by Thomas Edison as an “ideal place for testing and popularizing” his inventions. He returned to Brockton in 1884 to supervise the installation of the world’s first three-wire underground power system, and in 1884 to supervise the wiring of the world’s first centrally powered theatre, fire station, and shoe factory. The Homestead, which had a brief life as a turnpike stop, is owned by the Brockton Historical Society. Today, it houses an extensive Edison collection, a shoe exhibit, and an impressive display of fire-fighting equipment in its nearby barn.
Famous since 1874 as the home of the Brockton Fair, the city has a population of over 93,000 people, and it is looking toward the future with major downtown redevelopment projects.
Chapter meetings are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month. To take advantage of unique opportunities and avoid conflict with state events, some meetings are scheduled for another day and time. Contact the chapter regent for more information.
Regent, Patrice Hatcher; Vice Regent, Jennifer Mann; Chaplain, Ann Clark; Recording Secretary, Sara Stinson; Treasurer, Mary Lou Bunker; Registrar, Dianne Sterling; Historian, Barbara Delorey
The DAR was founded on October 11, 1890, and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896. Its objectives are: Historical: to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence; Educational: to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American People, “to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion...”; and Patriotic: to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
The Deborah Sampson Chapter NSDAR was organized at Brockton, Massachusetts, on January 25, 1897, in the parlor of the Belmont Hotel with 21 charter members from Brockton and surrounding towns. It received its charter on March 20 of that year. Present at its first meeting was Mrs. Lydia French, a “Real” Daughter, (distinction of honor given to DAR members whose fathers were patriots in the Revolutionary War) who became the first of eighteen “Real” Daughters to belong to the Brockton Chapter NSDAR.
The Deborah Sampson Chapter NSDAR takes pride in a record of continuous service in the Brockton area for over 120 years.
Deborah Sampson Chapter, NSDAR
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The chapter name was chosen in recognition of the noble service Deborah Sampson gave to her country, and in memory of the unrecorded services of the women of the American Revolution.
Covering the following Cities/Towns:
Avon, Abington, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Holbrook, Quincy, Randolph, Rayham, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater
The Deborah Sampson Chapter NSDAR participates in the following activities on an annual basis:
American History Essay Contest (grades 5-8)
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest (grades 9-12)
Constitution Week Activities
Support of DAR schools
Flags for new schools, a local project
DAR Good Citizens Awards, honoring an outstanding senior from each of eight area high schools
Outstanding Teacher of American History Award, honoring the best from grades 7 through 12
Plus special commemorative events as they arise.
Deborah Sampson Chapter members in action!
Membership in the DAR provides a unique opportunity to establish a family’s heritage and service to the nation. Any woman, 18 years of age or older, is eligible for membership as long as she can prove lineal, bloodline descent from a man or woman who aided in achieving American independence. Inquiries about membership and activities are welcome and should be directed to our chapter regent.
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This site was updated on October 18, 2018
Organized January 25, 1897
Chartered March 20, 1897