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Atchison Chapter DAR

The Missouri River at Atchison (NARA Photo)

Atchison Chapter DAR was organized January 28, 1908. It was Charter No. 785 in the growing society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The first project of the chapter was the presentation of a large Flag of the USA to the Ingalls school. The flag, when unfurled, showered 500 small flags over the audience.

Of importance to DAR and the Atchison Chapter has always been the preservation of historical locations. In 1917, the chapter placed a marker on the Atchison Courthouse Square, where Abraham Lincoln gave an address on December 2, 1859. A large marker was placed near the Atchison Union Station, where Lewis and Clark rested July 4, 1804. Another marker was dedicated to Lewis and Clark at the Historical Museum in Atchison.

Atchison chapter was named for the city of Atchison, which in turn was named for Senator David Rice Atchison, who twice served as acting Vice President of the United States. The city of Atchison has a rich history, highlighted wih such names as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Civil War, and the old Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. The city is the birthplace of aviator Amela Earhart, and home to Benedictine College.

A unique feature of Atchison is the International Forest of Friendship, a memorial to the men and women involved in aviation and space exploration. The forest contains trees representing all 50 states and 35 countries.

Atchison Chapter holds regular monthly meetings at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month, September through May. Prospective members are welcome. Please contact us for more information.

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Background graphic is a stylized detail of a stained
glass window at Benedictine College at Atchison,
created for use by Atchison Chapter DAR.