We placed a “Bess Streeter Aldrich
Bookshelf,” for a Cedar Falls pioneer author, in our Historical
Society and in our local library. During the Bicentennial year
we honored Peter Melendy, an early mayor and civic leader by
placing a plaque in the newly created
The Daughters of the American
Revolution in Black Hawk County began in 1899 as Waterloo and
Cedar Falls chapter, with half of its meetings in Cedar Falls
and half of its officers from Cedar Falls. The Cedar Falls
chapter was organized October 20, 1900, and received its charter
on February 2, 1901. The charter is in the Victorian Home
and Carriage House Museum in Cedar Falls.
The Cedar Falls Chapter DAR is very active in
the preservation of history in our area. Early in its
existence, we marked the “Real Daughters” graves in our area.
During the years following the founding of the Cedar Falls
Historical Society, we helped furnish several of the rooms in
the Victorian House and now have several members who continue to
volunteer in the museums.
Peter Melendy Park in our downtown area. We have also placed markers at the site of the
first schoolhouse and bell, which was the first tower bell in
Iowa; in Sturgis Park, named for the first permanent settlers;
the Landmark Elm, which was a guide for Indians and settlers;
the Newell Cemetery which contains the grave of Thunderwoman, an
Indian woman buried there; and the Hillside Cemetery gravesite
of Zimri Streeter, grandson of a Revolutionary soldier.
In 1999-2000 our Chapter sponsored the DAR
Medal of Honor recipient. This honor was the first Medal of
Honor awarded to an Iowa woman by NSDAR.
Cedar Falls DAR is proud of its
members and especially those who have served the State and National
Societies. Members who have served as ISDAR State Officers include:
State Regent: Dorothy Zlobik Winter 2004-2006
State Vice-Regent: Dorothy Zlobik Winter 2002-2004
State Chaplain: Neva Dexter Witmer 1994-1996
State Recording Secretary: Claire Tuttle Markle 1968-1970
State Corresponding Secretary: Dorothy Zlobik Winter 2000-2002
State Treasurer: Neva Dexter Witmer 1998-2000
State Registrar: Claire Tuttle Markle 1970-1972
State Historian: Neva Dexter Witmer 1992-1994
Chapter records reveal that throughout the years many chapter
members have served a variety of State Chairman positions. These
include American History, Commemorative Events, ISDAR Newsletter,
Pressbook, NSDAR Magazine, Conference Pianist, Pages, By-Laws,
Auditing, Budget and Finance, President General's Project, ISDAR
Handbook, ISDAR Rulings Book, Junior Membership Chairman and ISDAR Speakers Staff. Other service of note includes
Claire Tuttle Markle as Senior State President (1972-1973) for Iowa
C.A.R. National Chairman positions include Neva D. Witmer as NC
Division Vice Chairman for The Flag of the United States (2004-2007) and Dorothy Winter as a Vice Chairman for the National Development
Committee (2007-2010). Members who have served as Northeast
District Director include Joy Parry Sires, 1988-1990; Neva D. Witmer,
1996-1998, and Marcia Spicer Cunningham, 2000-2002. Junior Member, Jodi Freet, is Iowa's Outstanding Junior, 2011-2012.
We will continue to honor our ancestors, promote
patriotism, education, and historical preservation, while supporting
our youth and our community.
Iowa State Regent
"God, Home, and Country"
“Preserve the Past, Enhance the
Present, Invest in the Future.”
2012 - 2014 State Theme
Hands of Friendship
Working Together to Build Membership
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work
shall be rewarded."
2 Corinthians 15.7