The General Davie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Contributions to Durham
The General Davie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will present a program in honor of the commemoration of Durham’s 150th Anniversary featuring our over one hundred years of shared history. The General Davie Chapter, founded in 1911 by notable women of the community, led by Lizzie Morehead Wiley, has been impacting Durham’s history since its founding. We are planning a program that highlights how our organization and our members have contributed to the history of Durham. The program will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 2:00 at the Hill House in Durham.
One of our accomplishments has been our role in starting the American Red Cross in Durham. We also contributed to the opening of the Eno River Park and the Durham Children’s Museum. The chapter is responsible for several commemorative plaques and memorials throughout the city. Our members have volunteered thousands of hours in service to our community, including working for war relief efforts, contributing to the education of children, helping to feed the poor, supporting the naturalization of immigrant programs, and funding historic preservation in Durham. From our beginning, our members were outstanding women who excelled at a time when it was difficult for women to succeed outside the home, such as Alice Baldwin, the first female faculty member and the Dean of Women’s College at Duke University, and Kathrine R. Everette, one of the first women to win a seat on the Durham City Council, a position she held for twenty years.
The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization, dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education, and promoting patriotism.