Polly Ogden Chapter DAR was organized in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 9, 1912. The chapter was named for the great grandmother of the Organizing Regent, Elizabeth Hoyt Purcell. Polly Ogden was the wife of Ebenezer Cole, a Minute Man in the American Revolution.
In 1926, the chapter teamed with the Riley County Historical Society to erect a large monument at the site of the old Bluemont College. The marker is located at the corner of College Avenue and Claflin Road in Manhattan.
When it became known that the grave of the city's first paid school teacher, Amanda Arnold, had no headstone, the chapter donated to the marker.
The chapter annually awards two ROTC medals: one to Air Force, one to Army at Kansas State University
as well as one to a local high school student for Good Citizen.
Polly Ogden Chapter is active in the community. Over the past few years the
chapter assisted in erecting historical markers on the Military Trail.
Members participate in the annual Veteran's Day, partner with Fort Riley for
activities, and actively work with local schools on educational and
America's veterans are important to the chapter. Members bring items to each meeting to be sent to the veterans at the VA Eastern Kansas Health System in Topeka.
Polly Ogden Chapter DAR has regular monthly meeting September through May. The meeting day is normally on Saturday and times vary. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Please email us for more information, using the link below.
|Bluemont College Marker
||Military Trail Marker
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