A historic-minded chapter--- in a historical town

The Frederick Chapter NSDAR, obtained its simple name to honor the county, a natural geographic crossroads, which was the scene of many struggles in our nation's history. Ours was the second chapter organized in the State of Maryland and the 33rd organized in the nation. The date of our chapter’s founding was September 28, 1892.

Fourteen ladies attended the organizational charter meeting more than one hundred and ten years ago. Eugenia Washington, Registrar General of the NSDAR, represented the National Society. Its founders were distinct leaders in the NSDAR. Betty Harrison Maulsby Ritchie served as the chapter regent. Others followed in her path as she was a dedicated and inspirational leader to her family and community. One daughter, Emily Nelson Ritchie McLean, a Frederick native, became President General of NSDAR from 1905 to 1908. She was elected an honorary member of Frederick Chapter NSDAR, the only one to have this honor. The charter still exists, as well as other items of interest.

The history of the chapter has been recorded in several publications. With more than a hundred years’ activity, there have been many events in which the chapter was involved. Many anniversaries have been observed. There were many plaques dedicated to persons and places of the historical area. Trees were planted in memory of patriots and members. Flags were presented. Bells were rung. Historical markers were placed Graves of patriots were located and marked Graves of deceased members were with the NSDAR insignia . The DAR schools saw support. Construction of Constitution Hall was supported. Contributions to the Maryland State Society were made. Two DAR chapters were sponsored in the area: Pleasant Plains of Damascus and Carrollton Manor. Essay contest were conducted among the schools, with the winners’ essays moving on to the State of Maryland, and some to the National Society. Wreaths were laid at many ceremonies. Honors have been won at state and national levels. There have been many traditional projects.

The Frederick Chapter NSDAR is proud of its accomplishments over the years in the historical area and is inspired to continue the legacy left by its original fourteen ladies.

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