Mary Isham Keith Chapter, NSDAR

Fort Worth, Texas

Organized in August 1898

Mary Isham Keith Chapter, NSDAR, was organized June 15, 1898, and chartered August 5, 1898, with fourteen charter members, as the first chapter in Fort Worth and the third chapter in Texas. In 1900, it was one of the five founding chapters of the Texas Society DAR.

Organizing Regent, Elizabeth Douglas Keith Bell, received the honor of naming the new chapter for her ancestor Mary Isham Keith, whose sixteen family members -- sons, sons-in-law and grandsons -- gave service in the American Revolution.

From its early years as part of the new national society, the chapter grew steadily in membership and in support for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR's or DAR) mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Chapter citizenship awards, scholarships, and historic preservation projects have become long-standing traditions in the community, and members have remained steadfast in their patriotic support during economic booms and depressions, wartimes and peace.

For over 120 years, the chapter has provided DAR leadership and service to the community as well as to the state and national societies, and it has joined with members worldwide to make DAR the largest service organization for women.

Mary Isham Keith Chapter, NSDAR, has honored God, Home, and Country. That proud tradition continues as chapter members perform an outstanding number and variety of community service volunteer hours as DAR moves forward in service to America!

Chapter meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September through May.

Four times each year we have special luncheons - the Constitution Luncheon, the Christmas Luncheon, the George Washington Luncheon, and the Awards Luncheon. We also do service projects which focus on the chapter objectives.