Four years after the NSDAR organized, the Mary Ball Chapter began in 1894!
Oldest Chapter in Washington State
“This little band of patriotic women, in the far northwest corner of these United States, remembered that the Mother of Washington had once borne another name in the days of her girlhood. So this Chapter of DAR in the State of Washington had the honored privilege of taking the name… “Mary Ball” and the Chapter, like the Mother of Washington of sterling worth, has even been foremost in the good works of patriotism and charity… a worthy model and guide for the chapters following.” From the 1924 WSSDAR History & Registrar, p.28.
Charter Members: Clara Jacobs, Martha Griggs, Mary Stallcup, Evelyn Sherman, Fannie Hale,
E.D. Foster, Mrs. John Gowey, Jane Harvey, Julia Hardenbergh, Elizabeth Lehman,
Nallie Allyn, Mrs. Hugh Wallace and Jennie Grimble.
Today our Mary Ball Chapter is comprised of members of all ages and from many different backgrounds. We have members born and raised in Tacoma and many others who have adopted the Pacific Northwest as their home. We have members who work outside the home, professionals in many fields, students, homemakers, young mothers, active duty service members, veterans, military family members, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and retirees..
We preserve historic buildings and artifacts; provide educational contests, awards, and scholarships; support schools, the military, veterans and first responders; and develop good citizens while celebrating the exceptional events in our American history.
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