|The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter NSDAR meets
the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
The locations vary. No meetings are held in
January and February. If you are interested in
attending a meeting, please contact us.
About the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter NSDAR
The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter was organized
on November 17, 1923. State Regent, Amy
Gilbert, was a guest and spoke about the
Daughters of the American Revolution. At the
suggestion of Grace Harsh, it was decided to
name the chapter for her grandmother, Nancy
McKay Harsh. Her father, William McKay, was
a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
The ladies began working right away and by
1928, they had placed their first large
stone with a DAR marker on it at Mt. Pisgah, where
the Mormons had settled during their trek to
Salt Lake City. On June 14, 1928, they
unveiled the monument; and on the same day,
the chapter dedicated a Real Daughter marker
at Nancy McKay Harsh's grave in Graceland
Cemetery, Creston, Iowa.
There are currently forty-nine members plus
two associates in the chapter, and the
active members reside in eight southern Iowa
counties. There are also members in many
other states including the countries of
Canada and Australia. Due to the severe Iowa
winters, and the distance some members
travel, we do not have meetings during
January and February. Meetings in July and
August have been added to our schedule.
Chapter programs encompass the patriotic,
historic, and educational themes. Members
enjoy the roll calls each month that are
related to the programs, and feel they
become more acquainted with each other by
hearing about our pasts, our likes, and our
Each year, we participate in Constitution
Week and sponsor: the DAR Good Citizens
Award, American History Essay Contest and
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Members
attend national, state, and district
meetings and take part in as many of the DAR
activities and projects as possible.
We are proud to belong to DAR!