Dodge City Chapter DAR was organized December 15, 1925, and is named for the chapter's historic hometown, Dodge City. The city was named for Colonel Richard I. Dodge, commander of Fort Dodge. It is said that saloons were not allowed in the fort and one was established a distance away, and hence the beginning of Dodge City. The city is known for its famous "peacekeepers," including Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp, and also for infamous Boot Hill, the final resting place for gunfighters and other outlaws. Today, Dodge City is a progressive city and a great place to live. It's been quite a few years since there was a showdown on the main streets of town.
Like other Kansas DAR chapters, Dodge City Chapter rallied to support our country and our servicemen during World War II. An important function was the DAR War Relief Workroom Project. This was a clearinghouse for local war agencies and combined activities such as sewing and knitting for the Red Cross. It was an information depot where one could learn about Blood Bank projects, book collections for the USO, and how to put together a comfort bag to send to a soldier. The chapter maintained a serviceman's canteen at the Santa Fe railroad station where members gave magazines, books, candy, fruit, and nuts to traveling soldiers.
The Kansas DAR Library, located in Dodge City since 1950, has also been a priority with the chapter and the chapter has provided leadership and many, many volunteer hours to help better the fine collection of genealogical holdings and make it publicly available.
America's veterans are of special importance to the chapter. The chapter provides comfort items to the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge on a regular basis.
Dodge City Chapter actively pursues entrants to the Junior American Citizens Contest, believing that this activity fosters patriotism in our youth. The chapter is particularly active with Junior American Citizens, open to youth of all grade levels. We are also promoting Community Classroom participation.
Contact us for details about any of these youth activities.
And of course, our chapter is interested in history, and in preserving it. Over the years, the chapter has participated in relocating several of the Santa Fe Trail Markers in Ford County as they became endangered by road contruction. The chapter placed a bronze tablet marker on the site of the first sod house built in Dodge City. A bronze tablet marker was placed on the Avenue of Flags at the Maple Grove Cemetery, honoring Deborah Sampson Gannet, the first woman army soldier in the American Revolution.
Chapter meetings are held on the last Saturday of the month in August, and the 2nd Saturday of each month September through June, at 1:30 p.m. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Please contact us for more information, using the link below.