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Algona Chapter, NSDAR

Algona, Iowa

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Welcome to Algona Chapter, NSDAR

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization. The Algona Chapter, National Society of the American Revolution, was named after the town in which it resides. The name, "Algona," is of Native American origin and was chosen by Sarah Heckart Call, the young bride of Asa C. Call, who with his brother, Ambrose, founded the town of Algona in 1854.

The first organized meeting was held on May 12, 1924, with the following charter members: Julie Brace, Lettie Brace, Ernestine Chubb, Myrtle Dickinson, Anna Louise Fairbanks, Mattie Mae Falkenhainer, Veda Elizabeth Falkenhainer, Maude Free, Katherine Shearer Gilmore, Sylvia Gunn, Elizabeth Green Haggard, Helen E. Paxson, and Mabel Waterbury.

The first yearbook of the chapter was issued for 1924‑1925. Our chapter celebrated 75 years in April and May, 1999, and celebrated 80 years in 2004-2005 by doing an activity every month.

The Algona Chapter, NSDAR, has been busy throughout years. Some of the historical activities include:

  • In 1929, the chapter placed a bronze tablet on a boulder in Ambrose Call State Park, near Algona, Iowa, to mark the site of the first cabin in that area.
  • On June 14,1937, the chapter placed an inscribed boulder, to mark the site of the first schoolhouse in Kossuth County. This marker was dedicated with a ceremony, which was attended by a large group of pioneers and friends. The Honorable Harvey Ingham of Des Moines was the speaker and the high school band furnished the music. The chapter also presented a historical plaque to be hung in the schoolhouse nearest this site.
  • The chapter presented a silk flag and protective glass case to the Ambrose Call Park, Algona. This was placed in the shelter house.
  • A bronze plaque marking the site of the stockade (built in 1857 to help protect pioneers against hostile Sioux Indians) was placed on the building located at 120 E. State Street in Algona, Iowa, as part of the 50th anniversary of the chapter in 1973. This was a replacement plaque after Hub Clothing burned in 1970.

Current activities by the Algona Chapter, NSDAR, include giving American Spirit (the DAR magazine) gift subscriptions to the Algona Public Library and the Laurens Public Library; celebrating American History Month in February with a display at the Algona Public Library; and providing a window display in a store window in Algona and at the Algona Public Library to celebrate Constitution Week in September.

A graduating senior with great interest in American history is the recipient of the chapter's contest scholarship award.

DAR Good Citizens are selected at six area high schools. These students, and their parents, are guests at the November chapter meeting. One DAR Good Citizen is chosen to compete on the district level. In 1972, the Algona Chapter, NSDAR, sponsored the State DAR Good Citizen Award Winner. The Good Citizenship Award is given at the local middle school. In addition, a deserving recipient is chosen each year to receive the Chapter Excellence in Community Service Award.

A United States Flag is given to an area organization or group each year. The chapter is represented at the Memorial Day ceremonies and in the Algona Band Day parade each fall.

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Last Updated 24 June 2023
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