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Ann Whitall Chapter of DAR Celebrates Their Centennial on Saturday, September 23rd

Ann Whitall Chapter of DAR Celebrates Their Centennial on Saturday, September 23rd

(National Park, NJ) – The Ann Whitall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate their Centennial this Saturday, September 23rd at Gloucester County’s Red Bank Battlefield Park.  Their program will begin at 11 am.

Participants of the celebration will include local DAR members, New Jersey State DAR Officers, the past and present curators of the Ann Whitall House, as well as Gloucester County Freeholder Director/State Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco.  The Freeholders will be presenting a proclamation honoring the Chapter’s Centennial and a resolution from the 3rd Legislative District will also be presented. 

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1890 and incorporated by an act of the United States Congress in 1889.  The Ann Whitall Chapter, named after Ann Cooper Whitall the wife of James Whitall, was founded on December 16, 1905.

“The Ann Whitall Chapter of DAR provides a tremendous amount of support to regional veterans’ causes, education, and history preservation in Gloucester County,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  “We are most appreciative to their efforts to keep our rich history alive and to also be an active part of the community,” Sweeney stated.

Since, 1906 the Chapter has had an agreement with the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders to use rooms at the Whitall House in National Park.  These rooms have been furnished with items from the Ann Whitall Collection.  This is a collection of furniture and household items owned mainly by the Whitall family.  The other items were owned and/or made in Gloucester County. Currently five members of the Ann Whitall Chapter of DAR are docents at the house.  Another member, who is a descendent of Jonas Cattell, presents a trophy to the first female runner in the Annual Jonas Cattell Run during 18th Century Field Day at the Red Bank Battlefield.             

Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation which oversees Red Bank Battlefield and the Whitall House said, “We are honored to have such an active and caring organization in Gloucester County.”

“For 100 years the Ann Whitall Chapter of DAR has been important part of our culture.  Their commitment to Red Bank Battlefield, the Whitall House, the County’s Historical Society and many other important locations within our county is priceless.  We are all a little bit richer for the work they have done to preserve our past, and we wish them another successful 100 years,” DiMarco said.

For more information about the Ann Whitall Chapter of DAR contact Patricia K. Kehler, Regent Ann Whitall Chapter (856) 848-1384.