National Society of the Daughters of the American
George Washington Chapter was organized June 17, 1895, when twenty women
met in the home of Mrs. George Seeligson in Galveston, Texas.
It was the first Texas chapter and holds the distinction of
being older than the Texas State Organization.
organizing Regent was Mrs. Julia Washington Fontaine, a descendant
of Col. Samuel Washington and brother to our nation’s first President.
Miss Eugenia Washington, the first member of DAR, was also a
descendant and transferred her membership to the George Washington Chapter in 1899. She was one of four members of the Washington family
held membership in the chapter.
The chapter is fortunate to number among its artifacts a
gavel with its head made from the wood of the Concord Bridge,
the handle made from wood from the floor of Washington’s
headquarters at Valley Forge and a silver band from a spoon
belonging to George
Washington with the initial “W” on the end.
other firsts, the chapter was the first to contribute to the Mount Vernon restoration
project ; a chapter member established the first home for aged
women in Galveston and during the signing of the Armistice in November,
1918, Mrs. Ethel Hilton, as chapter representative, was the first
to place a wreath at the base of the Washington-Lafayette Monument
in France. The chapter also organized the first volunteer unit of the
American Red Cross in Galveston
during World War I.
chapter has worked through the years to fulfill all of the NSDAR’s
primary objectives of perpetuating our American heritage and
fostering patriotism. The
Chapter has forty-seven past regents with two serving two terms.
Liberty dwells there is my Country”
Chapter meets from September to May on the third Saturday of each
month. A George
Washington Tea is held in February to honor History Essay and Good
Citizens students. There are occasions when the meeting date will be changed.