Friday, October 9, 2015

Fort GreeneVille Chapter to Join National DAR Day of Service Hosting an Open House Sunday, Oct. 11 from 1pm-3pm at the Studabaker Schoolhouse

The Fort GreeneVille Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will take part in the National DAR Day of Service on October 11, 2015, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution by hosting an open house of the Studabaker schoolhouse from 1pm to 3pm to the public. The one room brick schoolhouse is located on St Rt 49 south at the city limits. It is the oldest brick schoolhouse in the county.

The Studabaker Schoolhouse was the first brick schoolhouse in Darke County. It was built around 1840, possibly in 1838. It was built on the Abraham Studebaker homestead. Abraham Studebaker was the region’s leading pioneer. The schoolhouse was in the Bee Hive School District #14. It has been noted that the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley attended the Studabaker Schoolhouse during her childhood.

The DAR, which is comprised of the descendants of the Patriots who won American independence, was founded on October 11, 1890, as a service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

“Our chapter, which was organized in 1922, carries out the important mission of the National Society here on the local level,” said Chapter Vice Regent Debbie Nisonger. “We’re excited to demonstrate the vibrancy and contributions of today’s DAR by joining Daughters from across the country in serving our local communities as part of this national day of service.”

There are currently nearly 180,000 members of the DAR, serving in approximately 3,000 chapters across the nation and in several foreign countries. More than 940,000 women have joined the organization since its founding 125 years ago.

“Interest in membership is at all-time highs due to both the ability to share genealogical information through the internet and the fact that we offer today’s busy woman a meaningful opportunity to express her love of country and to complete the joyful responsibilities of citizenship,” said National Society DAR President General Lynn Forney Young.

During the current three-year administration coinciding with the 125th anniversary celebration, the organization has issued a challenge to complete 10 million hours of service to America. While the National DAR Day of Service is one day of nationwide service, it is just an example of the work that Daughters have been completing for 125 years in communities across the nation.

“Here in Darke County, the Fort GreeneVille Chapter, for example, serves by supporting veterans programs, local historical preservation, literacy activities and American history activities. We are proud to carry out DAR’s mission to celebrate our American way of life,” said Chapter Regent Mary Jane Dietrich. “All women who can document descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot are encouraged to consider the many benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership.”

Prospective members are encouraged to visit to learn more. Please email the local chapter at or to obtain more information about membership eligibility.

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