Out of the Box 2

Daughters of the American Revolution pass down pride to our youth

Dating back to 1890, Daughters of the American Revolution was formed through a blaze of patriotism to honor the memory of the men and women who were involved in the American Revolution. Their mission? To perpetuate the memory and spirit of our veterans, to educate future generations, and to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom—fostering a true love of country. 

The Daughters within our treasure state rallied together in assembly-line fashion to create 250 patriotic education boxes at the 115th State Daughters of the Revolution Conference, held this year in Missoula. The first box was hand-delivered to Valley Christian School to fourth and fifth graders, and presented to Principal Cheryl Nurse, teachers, and students by Jane Lee Hamman and Susan Campbell Reneau. Inside, children found a heap of patriotism: a binder filled with American history information, two copies of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, a CD of DAR Kate Duncan Smith’s fourth graders singing their favorite songs, and a second CD titled “Songs of Liberty” by DAR Charmaine Lindgren and musician, Rick Wine. There, too, was a portrait print of George Washington and information about self-governance of The People of the Long House, along with a calendar listing of significant historical dates to encourage students to research the happenings of each one. 

These little boxes traveled far and wide within our state borders, spreading with them a rich history of our land and its people, while igniting an interest in our freedom for our youth.  

To perpetuate the memory and spirit of our veterans, to educate future generations, and to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom—fostering a true love of country..

DAR encourages the participation of community members who have a desire to help local veterans. Email Susan Reneau at BlueMountain@Montana.com or call 716.661.4037 to get involved in one of the upcoming events!