Chapter History

The Daniel Cooper Chapter was organized in 1953 and its by-laws approved in 1954. Although its membership is drawn from throughout the Miami Valley, at the time of its founding Dayton was not considered a large enough area to warrant two chapters. The city of Oakwood, therefore, was officially recognized as the address of this younger chapter. It is a part of the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution [OSDAR] and proud of its on-going participation in many DAR activities at the local, state, and national level. We have a membership of a little over 100 members and are a welcoming group of women. There are ten elected officers of the chapter who serve for two-year terms starting in June of even-numbered years. The volunteer work of the chapter is generally carried out by committees and our members choose according to personal interests with which one or ones they want to be connected. As of 2012, Daniel Cooper Chapter is fortunate to have two DAR Museum Correspondent Docents and also two DAR Field Genealogists among its members who are part of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution [NSDAR] special committees, and a Trustee for the Christian Waldschmidt House and Museum near Cincinnati that is owned and operated by the OSDAR.

Members are encouraged to support special events and meetings, such as local naturalization ceremonies, assist at Veteran graveside services when requested, and join with the Richard Montgomery Chapter Sons of the American Revolution in joint meetings or parades several times a year. Our programs usually run September – May (with the exception of January) and range from historical  to current topics and the meeting places can include tours and special luncheons throughout the year. You will find the list of current meeting times and programs under the tab MEETINGS located in the tabs above. There is also a group of members who meet once a month for lunch and bridge.

The requirements for membership can be found on the National Daughters of the American Revolution website www.dar.org. Feel free to contact our Registrar or visit one of our meetings, if you are interested in joining. We welcome all inquiries and visitors.