LITTLE ARKANSAS CHAPTER
Valley Center, Kansas
The Little Arkansas Chapter was organized October 9, 1984, in Valley Center, Kansas. Betty Wynn McGehee was Organizing Regent. In this part of the world, the word is said "ar-KAN-sas." The Little Arkansas River, just one-half mile east of Valley Center, was a location chosen by early settlers who harvested the native cottonwood trees for building materials and fuel. It was from the river's name that the chapter's name was chosen.
The Little Arkansas Chapter is proud of its accomplishments during the relatively short period of time it has been organized. Each year, the chapter has supported the President General's project with 100% participation. These projects are worthy efforts such as restoration of National Headquarters or digitization of NSDAR's genealogical records.
Another strong interest of the chapter is the Genealogical Records Committee of DAR, to which the chapter has given a number of volumes. Chapter members transcribe original source material for donation to the DAR Library in Washington, the Kansas DAR Library in Dodge City, and the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka. These volumes contain material that may never be made public otherwise, such as Bible records and diaries. They also contain transcribed public records such as marriages, court records, probate records, and cemetery transcriptions.
Chapter goals are to strengthen its role as a community leader by continuing its dedication to preserving history, family records, and encouraging genealogical research.
Chapter meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the following months: September, November, January, February, April, and June. October, March, and May meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. The December meeting is a Christmas social.
Uncle Sam graphic is a creation of Karren Kountry.