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Rosenberg Treasure: The D.A.R. in Galveston

The D.A.R. in Galveston

Rosenberg Treasure of the Month

Last Updated: November 1, 2018 by Rosenberg Library | History


During the month of November, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from its permanent collection as well as items on loan from the chapter itself. Established in Galveston in 1895, the George Washington Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. is the oldest chapter in the state of Texas.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) was founded in 1890.  Membership to the organization was open to women age 18 and older who could prove their lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.  The goals of the D.A.R. were to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

In 1895, a group of 19 Galveston women met at the home of Mrs. George Seeligson to organize the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution—the first chapter in Texas.  Mrs. Julia Washington Fontaine, a great-granddaughter of George Washington’s brother, served as the chapter’s first Regent.

DAR George Seeligson House

Margaret Preston Painted This Watercolor Of The George Seeligson House (1228 Ball Street) In 1934. The First Meeting Of The George Washington Chapter Of The D.A.R. Was Held At This Site In 1895.
(Gift Of The George Washington Chapter, NSDAR)

In 1895, a group of 19 Galveston women met at the home of Mrs. George Seeligson to organize the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution—the first chapter in Texas.  Mrs. Julia Washington Fontaine, a great-granddaughter of George Washington’s brother, served as the chapter’s first Regent.

Like their counterparts across the United States, members of the Galveston D.A.R. worked to better their community and aid their country in a variety of ways.  During WWI, members of the chapter organized the city’s first volunteer unit of the American Red Cross, making surgical dressings for military members.  In 1926, they sponsored construction of the War Heroes Memorial Monument in Menard Park in honor of those who died while serving in the First World War.  The group again provided aid during WWII, raising money for war relief through rummage sales, teas, and savings bonds campaigns.

Daughters of the American Revolution-Ribbon

This Ribbon Badge Was Worn By An Attendee Of The 29th Annual Conference Of The Texas D.A.R. In 1928.
(Gift Of The George Washington Chapter, NSDAR)

The Texas D.A.R. has selected Galveston as the site of its annual conference numerous times over the years.   In 1928, Galveston was the host city for the organization’s 29th annual state conference.  A three-day affair was held at the Hotel Galvez.  In addition to business and planning meetings, attendees enjoyed historical presentations and live entertainment.  A special luncheon was hosted at Gaido’s restaurant, and the Daughters were honored with a tea party at the American Legion Hall.  The 50th and 60th annual conferences were also held on Galveston Island in 1949 and in 1959.

Today, there are 185,000 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 3,000 chapters across the U.S. and internationally.  Since its founding, more than 1 million women have held memberships in the organization.

In Galveston, the 123-year-old George Washington Chapter continues to serve and enrich community.  With a current membership of 140 women, the group creates educational displays for dozens of schools throughout the county.  They donate American flags, flag poles, and school supplies for local classrooms.  Each year, scholarships are presented to high school students who win the D.A.R. essay contest.

The Treasure of the Month is located on the Rosenberg Library’s second floor near the East Entrance. It can be viewed during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please contact the Museum Office at 409-763-8854 x. 125 or visit us on the web at rosenberg-library-museum.org.


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Rosenberg Library

Rosenberg Library has offered over a century of community service to the Galveston area, and is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. The building itself was dedicated on June 22, 1904, the birthday of its patron, Henry Rosenberg. The Moody Memorial Wing opened in 1971, more than doubling the floor space and allowing for a children’s library, a history center, several galleries to showcase museum collections, and later, a computer lab. The Library accepted its first museum piece shortly after it opened in 1904. Since then, thousands of rare and interesting objects from around the world have been added to the collection. Each month they display a “Treasure of the Month”. Learn more by visiting the Rosenberg Library page and the Gifts of Henry Rosenberg section.

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