I first heard of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) when I was a Michigan high school senior and was awarded a scholarship from the organization—a long, long time ago. I was excited to learn more about the local chapter when a member, Suzanne Menorca, suggested I write about this group she has recently joined and grown to enjoy. I took the liberty to copy info from their website (address listed below.)
The DAR was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. DAR members are women who come from diverse backgrounds and hold a variety of interest. Their common bond is their lineal descent from Patriots of the American Revolution. Anyone interested in membership please contact the Regent or Registrar. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving historical relics and locations, preserving the records of the men and women who achieved American Independence, and securing America’s future through better education of our nation’s youth.
The Fort Cooper Chapter NSDAR was chartered on April 21, 2007, and serves Citrus and neighboring counties The Fort Cooper Chapter celebrated its eight year anniversary this past April. The Chapter continues to work towards the three objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution: Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. They have grown in membership from 77 Charter Members in 2007 to over 150 current members. “We have several third generation members of whom we are proud. The Chapter has won awards and recognition at both National and State levels.” Historical Preservation “This year the Chapter will place a historical marker at Fort Cooper State Park, our namesake. We have members working on preserving historical DAR documents, genealogy records preservation, documenting Family Bible Records and cemetery transcription of over 7000 grave sites in Citrus County. We support the DAR Museum and DAR Library, and we supported the preservation of the War of 1812 Pensions, just to mention a few.” Education Since 2011 the Chapter has provided six young women in Citrus County with scholarships totaling over $3000. The Chapter supports the six DAR Schools: Kate Duncan Smith School, Tamassee, Berry College, Crossmore School, Hillside School and Hindman Settlement School. Each of these schools is given financial assistance by members, material donations, and a genuine personal interest. Patriotism “We partnered with the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Anniversary in thanking the men and women who fought in this war. The Chapter acknowledges the outstanding JROTC Cadets at the three local high schools. We are active in the Welcome Home Ceremonies for returning soldiers, Honor Flight, Wreaths Across America and Flags For Fallen Veterans. We celebrate Flag Day and Constitution Week. We are active in helping newly naturalized citizens.”
Fort Cooper History
In April 1836, during the Second Seminole War, Major Mark Anthony Cooper was ordered to remain behind to protect the sick and wounded as General Winfield Scott marched south to present day Tampa. Major Cooper was left in the command of five companies of the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers and a small artillery company. The fort site was well chosen. The fortification was built on the western bluff of Lake Holathlikaha. Major Cooper was to hold this position as he waited for reinforcements. There were several skirmishes with the Seminoles and Chief Osceola, but the volunteers held their own. On April 18, General Scott returned with supplies and reinforcements, leading the men of Fort Cooper from their frontier sanctuary and into new battles.
DAR Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month in September, November, January, March and April. In October, December, February and May the meeting are held on the first Saturday of these months
Chapter membership inquiries should be directed to the Chapter Registrar or through our Regent Beverly Gentry. There are direct email links on the DAR website.
Think you may have a patriot in your family tree? Contact the Fort Cooper Chapter Registrar Carol Weiser for membership information [email protected]
Current DAR members from other states might be interested while here in winter season. Jodie Holder, Sandy Holder, Faeth Houle, Ruth Schlabach and Suzanne Menorca are members.