A local woman will have an important part in planning for the 250th anniversary of the United States, through the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lynn Forney Young, DAR honorary president general, has been appointed to a prestigious national commission created to plan celebrations and commemorations surrounding the anniversary. She is a member of the Abigail Scott Duniway DAR chapter, based in Stayton.

On July 28, DAR also presented the first major gift to USA250, with a $380,000 donation to the National Park Service to underwrite the planting of 76 trees at Independence National Historical park. The trees will be planted over the next three years and mature as the nation approaches its 250th anniversary – called the United States Semiquincentennial.

“The Daughters of the American Revolution, a longtime champion of historic preservation, education and patriotism, is honored to be represented on a prestigious committee with a mission so closely aligned with its own,” says Kyra Bacheller, chapter regent. “We look forward to celebrating our nation’s incredible history and fostering a renewed appreciation for all of the Americans who founded our nation and ensured its progress through the generations.”

In Stayton and its neighboring communities, Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter has worked on community enrichment projects and initiatives for 14 years, such as: providing two DAR Historic Preservations grants to the historic Charles and Martha Brown House, honoring area high school seniors as DAR Good Citizens, awarding DAR Distinguished Citizen Medals to Stayton Police K9 Team, celebrating Constitution Week at libraries and schools, honoring active duty men and women, veterans military families and first responders.

Community participation at chapter events is welcomed and encouraged. Members of the public are invited to attend chapter meetings and programs at the Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton, on the first Monday of each month September through May. Please note, if the first Monday falls on a holiday, the chapter meets the following Monday.

The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6.

In the years to come, Abigail Scott Duniway DAR Chapter looks forward to working with local organizations and neighbors to help Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Turner, Silverton, and Santiam Canyon communities commemorate this momentous United States’ milestone.

The 250th anniversary of the United States also presents the perfect opportunity for interested women to honor their family members’ Revolutionary War service by joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. Documenting and reflecting upon an ancestor’s role in the fight for American independence will impart a deeper, more personal level of significance to the upcoming celebration.

If you are interested in learning more about your family history but are not an expert in genealogical research, don’t worry. Local DAR members can help prospective members research their family history.

Through DAR membership, women can not only strengthen their bond with their ancestors, but also forge new connections to fellow DAR members. The benefits of belonging to a community of women who express pride and gratitude for their shared heritage through a commitment to meaningful public service are limited only by members’ boundless imaginations.

To learn more about DAR, visit dar.org.

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