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Daughters of the American Revolution
Old Mine Road Chapter
Port Jervis, New York

The Old Mine Road Chapter is a local chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Our hometown is Port Jervis, New York. The DAR is a national women's volunteer organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving history, and supporting education. Any woman eighteen years of age or older who is a direct descendent of a Revolutionary War soldier, or other person who gave aid to the patriot cause is eligible to join. We serve our local community by marching in parades and participating in holiday ceremonies, and we send aid to veterans' groups. Members educate the public about life in the past by donning historical clothing and volunteering at local libraries, and historical societies and museums. We also support a Children of the American Revolution Society, for children ages birth to twenty-two. We work closely with the Minisink Valley Historical Society, having at least one annual meeting at Fort Decker. We are a hard-working, fun chapter!



Members of the Old Mine Road Chapter, NSDAR with an
 Old Mine Road Society C.A.R. member.


Our Beginnings  

Old Mine Road Chapter was formed October 11, 1973, the 84th anniversary of our National Society.

The research for our chapter name was done by H. Doris Reinhardt (Mrs. James) who would become our organizing librarian.

At our fourth organizational meeting held on September 15, the name of Old Mine Road was voted on by the chapter after having received approval from our national headquarters.

The Old Mine Road is the oldest 100 mile road in the United States, extending from Kingston, New York to the old Pahaquarry copper mines in New Jersey.  Plaques in the area commemorate this road which is still in existence.

The chapter meets at least once a year at the headquarters of the Minisink Valley Historical Society. Fort Decker, a 1793 stone house museum, was a Revolutionary War site.

The Old Mine Road Chapter celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2008.


Events and Programs  

Come see us at a parade or ceremony!

DAR members march in the July 4th Parade at Veterans Park in Port Jervis.

Chapter members and Children of the American Revolution rode on
a float they created for the Port Jervis Centennial Parade.

Chapter members march with Children in Memorial Day parade.


2010 Calendar:  

March 20th-Membership workshop at the Port Jervis Free Library at 2 PM to learn how to become a member.
May 4th Margaret Corbin Day (American Revolutionary Patriot).
May-Memorial Day Parade, Port Jervis
June 14th "Pause for the Pledge" Flag Day Ceremony 7PM Riverside Park.
July 4th Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, 7 PM Orange Square.
July 24th Battle of Minisink, Minisink Battlefield.
November 11th Veteran's Day Parade, Port Jervis.



Old Mine Road Society, Children of the American Revolution  

Our chapter has recently organized a C.A.R. society for children who are directly descended from a Revolutionary War soldier, or other person who gave aid to the patriot cause. Children (male or female) can join from birth until their 22nd birthday, at which time they can join a DAR or Sons of the American Revolutionary War chapter. This looks good on college applications and job resumes!

The C.A.R. is also dedicated to service, and our children also participate in fun activities such as marching in parades, collecting supplies for our troops abroad, and learning about the past. Plans for the near future include pool parties, presentations from historical reenactors, and making crafts.

DAR and C.A.R. members march in the Matamoras Anniversary Parade.

The first offical Old Mine Road Society, C.A.R. meeting was held at Fort Decker.
Many New York State C.A.R. members attended.

Old Mine Road C.A.R. members learn about American Indians
who fought at the Battle of Minsink.


Contact Information  
For further information about membership in the chapter, please  e-mail the regent at: OldMineRoadChapterDAR@minisink.org

Members of the Old Mine Road Chapter, of the Daughters of the American Revolution, helped to reconsecrate the Mahackamack Churchyard in Port Jervis where at least three Revolutionary War veterans are buried. A ceremony was held on Arbor Day in 1997 to commemorate the planting of three trees by the City of Port Jervis and the Minisink Valley Historical Society.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands - one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Orange Square, where all of the city of Port Jervis's
veterans memorials are located.


THE AMERICAN'S CREED
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose Just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.





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