Chapter Activities and Projects

1915 Pan-California Expo.

Celebrating America: The Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition
During the 2013-2015 administration, a key focus will be on the celebration of the Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and the preservation of history surrounding our chapter's original participation in this exciting San Diego event. The exposition began January 1, 1915, and celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. It was meant to tout San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships traveling north after passing westward through the canal. The fair was held in Balboa Park and the San Diego Chapter and its charter members were directly involved.  Join us as we celebrate America by celebrating San Diego in this exciting centennial event!


Historic Preservation
/Markers

Dating to the early years of our chapter, marking and preserving historic sites in San Diego have been a key focus for our chapter. To date we have placed over sixteen national markers honoring individuals or marking historic locations, including the following with the original dates they were marked:

  • End of the Kearny Trail (Dec. 12, 1920)
  • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Discovery of California (Oct. 28, 1921)
  • Mission de Alcala, California's First Mission (Circa 1933 with San Diego SAR)
  • La Playa Trail, end of Jedediah Smith's trail from the Atlantic to the Pacific (Feb. 16, 1934)
  • Old Mission Dam (May 17, 1941)
  • Casa de Lopez (Fall 1956)
  • Juan Bandini Home/Cosmopolitan Hotel (Mar. 26, 1960, rededicated Apr. 29, 2012)
  • Casa de Estudillo (Fall 1961)
  • Casa de Pendleton-Lt. George Derby, built the first San Diego dike (Nov. 1962 with San Diego SAR)
  • USS Chicago (Sept. 12, 1972)
  • Alonzo Horton "Father of San Diego" (May 16, 1976)
  • Villa Montezuma (Dec. 13, 1980 with District XIV)
  • Hubert Howe Bancroft, Historian (Jan. 30, 1982)
  • Santa Fe Depot (Nov. 16, 1985)
  • Veterans Memorial Center, 50th Anniversary of WWII (Nov. 11 1995 with CA State Society DAR & District XIV)
  • Revolutionary War Patriots at Mt. Soledad (Jan. 2003)


Other Regular San Diego Chapter Activities and Projects

  • American History Contest and Promotion
  • Cemetery/Historical Restoration
  • DAR Service for Veterans, La Jolla VAVS
  • Flag Retirement Ceremonies and La Mesa Flag Day Parade
  • Genealogy/Lineage Research
  • DAR Good Citizens/ROTC Awards
  • Literacy Projects
  • Naturalization Ceremonies
  • Project Patriot/Supporting Active Duty Military
  • Women's Issues: Family, Health and Home
  • Youth: CAR - Disadvantaged Youth, Literacy
  • Native American Awareness

 

DAR and National Activities

The National Society supports two schools in the Appalachian region: Tamassee DAR School, Inc. in South Carolina and Kate Duncan Smith (KDS) DAR School in Alabama. Last year, DAR chapters raised nearly one million dollars to support these and other accredited schools, including:

  • Crossnore School in North Carolina offers a stable, healing environment in a residential group setting for children from families in crisis.

  • Hillside School in Massachusetts is an independent boarding and day school for eighty boys from varied backgrounds who are underachievers or who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

  • Hindman Settlement School, located in Kentucky, specializes in educating students with dyslexic characteristics.

  • Berry College in Georgia is one of the outstanding comprehensive colleges in the South. The college offers fully accredited art, science and professional programs, as well as specialized graduate programs in education and business administration.

Additionally, the National Society assists in the education of Native American youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Oregon.