Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter
Evansville, Indiana

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

Look at our beginnings...
The Vanderburgh Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was formed on November 18, 1896 in Evansville, and was the fourth chapter chartered in Indiana.  In 1997, the chapter's name was changed to Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter.
Discover our location...
Evansville is located in the southwestern part of Indiana.  Most members live in Vanderburgh County, but some are from other counties and states.
Know for whom our chapter was named...
Charter members chose the chapter's name to honor Henry Vanderburgh, a Revolutionary War patriot.  Vanderburgh was born in Troy, New York, in 1760.  On November 21, 1776 at age 16, John Jay appointed Vanderburgh Lieutenant in the Fifth New York Regiment of the Continental Army.  John Hancock re-appointed him, and later he was commissioned Captain in the Second Regiment.  He served until the close of the Revolutionary War in 1783.  Vanderburgh was a territorial judge during the organization of the Indiana Territory, a position he occupied until his death April 12, 1812.
Learn what we promote...
Our chapter promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism.  Chapter activities and events are centered around these objectives.
See when we hold our meetings...
Most of our chapter meetings are held at noon on the second Thursday of each month from September through June.  Meetings feature exciting guest speakers who give presentations on topics pertaining to our goals.
Review some of our activities...
Our chapter encourages respect for and correct display of the Flag of the United States of America.  Our chapter conducts DAR American History essay contest, DAR Good Citizens contest, presents scholarships, awards Junior ROTC medals, plants trees, places historical markers, supports veterans, promotes literacy, and honors community leaders.
Find out how you can become a member...
If you are a woman 18 years of age or older with blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence, you may be eligible to become a member.  To find out how to join the Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter or to learn more about us, send e-mail


Our chapter birthday was Nov. 16, 2016. On Nov. 20th we had a Crystal and Silver proper Tea

1896 Original Charter

State Conference 2014
State 1st Vice Regent Lois Huntington and Captain Henry Vanderburgh
Chapter 1st Vice Regent Susan Hansen at State Memorial Service.

State Conference 2014
"Your Grandmother's DAR Gloves"
Black handmade gloves worn by Captain Henry Vanderburgh Regent Rita Ann Dunlap,
white handmade glove worn by Captain Henry Vanderburgh member Jo Ann Jochim.

At the Indiana DAR State Conference in May 2014
The Captian Henry Vanderburgh Chapter scrapbook won 1st Place in its membership category.
The Chapter scrapbook was made by Historian / Librarian Jacqueline Payne.

Captain Henry Vanderburgh January 2014 meeting at the Kennel Club in Evansville, Indiana.
Lt .to Rt. Chaplain Charlene Luker, Treasurer Vannetta McDowell, Historian/Librarian Jacqueline Payne, and Recording Secretary Betty Rittenhouse
enjoy a huge "HOT BROWN" for lunch. Especially welcoming after several weeks of ice, snow and near zero temperatures.
In the background Lt. to Rt. Honorary Regents: Dolores Browning, Rececca Shelton and Mary Lue Russler.


Phyllis Johnson was given her 20 years of service award Thursday, at the local chapter meeting.  Pictured with her- left to right are;1st Vice  Susan Hansen, Phyllis Johnson, First Sargent Monty Johnson (ret.),
Dr. Mark Browning, and Regent Rita Dunlap.  Dr. Browning gave a talk on the importance of preserving our family history.  He stated that " Geneaology is preservation of the history of the common man."


Historian of the Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter, NSDAR at a 27 April 2013 grave marking near Bloomfield, Indiana.
Historian Jacqueline Payne placed a DAR basket of flowers as part of the grave marking of John P. Philips, NC line, Revolutionary War.


The Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter, NSDAR of Evansville, IN.
Each May meeting is a memorial service to those members who have passed in the last year. Registrar Melinda King (3rd from left) introduces the start of this memorial.
Left to right: 1st Vice Regent Susan Hansen, Regent Rita Ann Polk-Dutton, Dunlap, Registrar Melinda King, Recording Secretary Kathleen Marley. Photos in sliver frames are always displayed at this May memorial.
Scholarships are awarded in the names of the ladies displayed in the frame. Left to right: Ethel Scott Egan, CHV Honorary Past Regent 1962-1964, Honorary State Regent, Vice President General NSDAR 1976-1979,
Chaplin General NSDAR 1980-1983, and Dee Margedant CHV Honorary Past Regent 1964-1966.


Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter, NSDAR of Evansville, Indiana, hosting their annual May Memorial Service for members who have passed in the last year. Members of the families of the deceased are invited to this
memorial. Left to right: Chapter Chaplain Charlene Luker leader of the memorial, Honorary Past Regent Barbara Harris 1st Vice Regent, Susan Hansen, Honorary Past Regent of Sprinklesburgh Chapter, NSDAR
(Newburgh, Indian) address the contributions to the Chapter of our deceased member. In the foreground Mr. Nellis, son of Honored member Marilyn Dismore, and nephew of Honored member Mary Steinkamp.





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Last updated December 19, 2016

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