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Within Minnesota communities our chapter participates in…

  • restoring and maintaining historical sites
  • preserving genealogical records, artifacts, and historical documents
  • locating, restoring, and marking Revolutionary War patriot grave sites and headstones
  • supporting schools through donations and volunteer efforts
  • providing scholarships and awards to outstanding students throughout the country
  • promoting education and citizenship through youth programs
  • sponsoring American history essay contests for youth
  • providing volunteer time to assist military veterans
  • supporting America’s service personnel through a variety of programs
  • sponsoring special programs promoting the Constitution
  • celebrating with new citizens at naturalization ceremonies

August 14, 2017 By Edie Schmierbach DAR dedicated to protecting history, patriotism

MADISON LAKE — Let's say Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam decided to get together and start a family.

The female offspring of the two symbols of our country's freedom likely would share common interests with the Daughters of the American Revolution members who gathered recently in a home on Lake Washington.

Red, white and blue attire was worn by many of the 18 attendees at the monthly meeting for the south-central Minnesota Anthony Wayne Chapter NSDAR of the national nonprofit dedicated to preserving U.S. history and keeping patriotism alive.

September 14, 2018 By Susan Hynes Anthony Wayne Chapter Regent Daughters of the American Revolution

Local DAR recognizes bell's significance in Mankato's history Town bell proclaimed end of World War

MANKATO — A church bell still in use in downtown Mankato is very much a link to the early decades of the town's settlement.

It pealed forth the good news when the American Civil War ended. On the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, it proclaimed the end of World War I.

The bell is in a corner tower and out of view from most people. A bronze tablet showing a sketch of the bell has been attached to the side of the First Presbyterian Church building, at 220 E. Hickory St.

This tablet serves as an important reminder to all who pass by of the bell's presence and its significance to the community. Its inscription reads "Historic Town Bell Bought by Church Women 1857, Hung in Belfry First Presbyterian Church 1864, Marked by the Anthony Wayne Chapter NSDAR Daughters of the American Revolution 1958."

Through the years, the Ladies Auxiliary/Presbyterian Church bell has been used as Mankato's "town bell." It was rung as a ceremonial function for a variety occasions in the community. The bell also served as a fire alarm and announced the arrivals of steamboats, the opening of court cases, and called residents to political and military meetings.

First Presbyterian's congregation was the first to formally begin religious activities in Mankato. Actual church services for the congregation followed in 1855 and its first dedicated church building was constructed in 1864.

A bell for that original Presbyterian building was purchased by the women's society in 1857. It hung from a wooden frame outside of the congregation's log schoolhouse/church.

Later, the bell was moved to the steeple of the congregation's first brick building. That structure stood kitty-corner from the present-day location of the church building.

The congregation also outgrew its second building. Its third church was built in 1896 and is in use by current members of First Presbyterian.

When Minneapolis architect Warren H. Hayes planned the Richardson-Romanesque style building, he incorporated the original bell in its design.

A National Register landmark, the downtown church is considered one of Mankato's most distinctive historical buildings.

First Presbyterian's bell plaque is one of dozens of historic markers and monuments placed by the Minnesota State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution over the past 125 years.

Minnesota Regent Faye Leach has chosen "Restoring Minnesota Historical DAR Markers" as a state project.

Anthony Wayne Chapter will be re-dedicating the town bell's restored DAR plaque during ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Hickory St.

The bell will be rung as part of “Bells Across America” commemorating Constitution Week which has been set aside by U. S. Congress as Sept. 17-23 annually since 1956 as a result of a petition put forth by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

It also will ring Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

June 30, 2019 By Susan Hynes Daughters of American Revolution

Local members attended the Daughters of the American Revolution state conference in May at St. Cloud.

Delegates from Minnesota’s 22 DAR chapters elected an 11-member board. Anthony Wayne Chapter NSDAR member Susan Jirele, of Mankato, will serve as historian.