The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization. We are dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education. The DAR offers an opportunity to meet people with similar interests, develop friendships, and to join others who cherish the priceless heritage enjoyed by all while promoting the ideals of patriotism and love of country.
Work of the Society
Most of the significant work of the NSDAR is done at the grassroots level through individual chapters and members of the Namaqua Chapter, NSDAR, are delighted to join with the other 46 chapters in Colorado, the state DAR, and the National Society in service to our communities. Each chapter has its own programs and initiatives based on the DAR mission and guidance from the state and national leadership. Our committees are the base of our chapter’s involvement in our communities; giving our members opportunities to serve DAR objectives that are most valuable to each person.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a part of this great organization. Our members love our country and see the value in making a difference in the community. We are from a variety of backgrounds and occupations and range in age from 18 to senior, with many different interests and talents serving our community for historic preservation, education, patriotism, and to honor the patriots of the American Revolution.
For more information about joining our chapter or the DAR in general, please contact our chapter regent or membership team using our Contact Us page. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Organized on January 8, 1914, the Namaqua Chapter, NSDAR, was named for the first white/Indian settlement in the Big Thompson Valley, near what is now Loveland, Colorado. In 1868, a post office was established at Senor Mariano Medina’s crossing of the Big Thompson River on the Overland Trail. The post office was called Namaqua, a name suggested by Hiram Tadder, the first postmaster. Tadder, a gold miner from Illinois, lived at Black Hawk, Colorado Territory following the Gold Rush of 1859. This mining town west of Denver was named Black Hawk for a famous war chief of the Sank tribe. Black Hawk had a daughter named Namequa (Nauasia). Namequa was called Nancy by the white settlers, who spoke of her beauty. Knowing about Black Hawk and Namequa, Mr. Tadder felt there was no more appropriate name for this beautiful location than Namaqua and his suggestion was accepted. Locally, the Indian name is spelled Namaqua. No meaning of the name has been given, but it is historically significant to Loveland, Colorado, and Namaqua Chapter, NSDAR.