Welcome to the Fort Peachtree Chapter, NSDAR

The organization and formation of the Fort Peachtree Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, began in the spring and summer of 1964. Many hours were spent gathering information and preparing papers for interested ladies.

In October of 1964, Mrs. Alvin George Turley (Emily B.) was appointed organizing regent of a DAR chapter in Roswell. (The location was changed to Atlanta in August 1966.) In a letter dated October 15, Mrs. Frank Leslie Harris (Florence C.), Organizing Secretary General, explained the full process of establishing a new chapter. Mrs. Harris’ letter included information on the National Bylaws, chapter procedures, and other details.

On November 15, 1964, a few congenial friends, desiring to form a small group which could meet in homes and share common interests, met at the home of Mrs. John Wise to begin preliminary organization of a DAR chapter. With Mrs. Alvin Turley presiding as organizing regent, the group agreed to work together to promote the aims and projects of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Fourteen potential members were present at this initial meeting. The following signed a Report of Organization of the new chapter:

"Lorene Bass, Pearl Ragland, Martha Lee Bell, Hallie Rippy, Rose Bell, Louise Swann, Elizabeth Brady, Jessie Tregellis, Hazel Eubanks, Emily Turley, Irene Langston, Leila Turner, Eva Prather, and Barbara Wise.

The organizing meeting of Fort Peachtree Chapter, NSDAR, was held on December 11, 1964, at the home of Mrs. John Inman Bell, Jr. with Mrs. Alvin G. Turley, Organizing Regent, presiding. Nineteen of the twenty-five organizing members and five guests attended this meeting. The State Regent, Mrs. Benjamin Ivy Thornton (Helen G.) was guest speaker and installed the new officers."

National dues at that time were $3.00 and state dues were $1.00. Later, the new chapter members established dues at $4.50 for total annual dues of $8.50. In 1964, a subscription to the DAR Magazine was $3.00 per year. The National Defender was $2.50 a year.

Throughout the years the programs have been informative and interesting. Following the guidelines of the Program Committee of the National Society, patriotic, historical, and educational programs have been presented in order to meet the requirements of the National Gold Honor Roll and Chapter Achievement Award. Some of these programs were: DNA of the DAR, Genealogical Columns from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, speaker Franklin Garrett who wrote Atlanta and Environs, Georgia History Depicted on a Wedgwood China Collection, Silver Owned by the NSDAR, Preserving Antique Dolls, American Indians, Educational Scholarships, and information on the DAR Schools.

Fort Peachtree Chapter members have dedicated themselves to fulfilling the objectives of our Society: first, to perpetuate the memory and the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; second, to promote the development of an enlightened public opinion; and third, to foster true patriotism and love of country.