Matthew Thornton Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized January 21, 1897, and incorporated May 12, 1925. Matthew Thornton Chapter was the 470th chapter organized in the National Society.
Chapter meetings are generally held on the third Saturday at 10 AM, September through December and March through June. For over 100 years, members have followed the objectives of the National Society by promoting historical preservation, education, and patriotism.
March 17, 2018- Annual Meeting
April 21, 2018 -
DAR Good Citizens and American History Essay Winners
May 19, 2018 - "Paper Lanterns" Documentary; American POWs in Hiroshima
June 16, 2018 - Field Trip to Nashua Historical Society
September 15, 2018 - Show and Tell; War Stories of your Family in any American Conflict
October 20, 2018 - Americanism Committee Presentation by Honorary State Regent
November 17, 2018 - Update on Veterans Services
December 15, 2018 - Holiday Brunch and Yankee Swap
There have been thirteen historical sites marked by the chapter in the Nashua, NH, area. In addition, over 100 Revolutionary soldiers’ graves were marked in eleven different cemeteries. These cemeteries are located in the towns of Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Merrimack, Pelham, and Rindge, New Hampshire and in Dunstable, MA.
The DAR Good Citizens Award is sponsored in area high schools. This award recognizes a student in the senior class who best demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen (dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism). The “DAR Good Citizen” from each high school has the opportunity to compete in the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Contest. All DAR Good Citizens are recognized at a chapter meeting and at a state luncheon.
The chapter also sponsors the American History Essay contest, which is open to all students in grades five though eight. A winner is chosen for each grade and those students are recognized at a chapter meeting. The winning essays are then judged at state and national levels.
Chapter members also provide volunteer service and support to our veterans and military personnel serving on active duty.
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