Peleg Gorton Chapter DAR was organized in Winfield, Kansas, on December 18, 1928.
The chapter is named to honor an ancestor of Organizing Regent, Edith L. Kropp. Peleg Gorton (1750-1802) sold his large Rhode Island estate and put his fortune into the Revolutionary cause. He also served in the militia.
A major interest of the chapter has centered around Flag Day. Since its inception, the chapter has marked the day with various activities and events. This has extended to presenting flags to newly-naturalized citizens, sending gift boxes to Ellis Island, and later, members providing tutoring for these new citizens.
The chapter has been constant in its financial and other support of the DAR schools and veterans. The chapter has over the years presented gifts and books to the American Indian Institute at Wichita, Kansas.
To mark the bicentennial of the birth of George Washington, the chapter not only placed a framed Stuart portrait of our first President in the Community Council club room, but also planted a tree in Memorial Park, with a commemorative stone marker. The marker is a piece of Silverdale stone obtained from a member's farm.
In 1938, the chapter placed a marker to honor the pioneer way station for early stage lines. In 1976, the chapter participated in researching and retracing the Black Dog Trail (Great Osage Indian Trail), which runs from Baxter Springs to Oxford, and participated in dedicating two of the trail markers.
Each year since 1937, the chapter has presented a Good Citizen award to an area high school senior.
Meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, September through May. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Please contact us for more information, using the link below.
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