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Nathan Hale Chapter - Activities

The members of Nathan Hale Chapter come from a wide range of backgrounds and serve the community with a wealth of talents. In 2020, chapter members logged 5602 hours of volunteer service despite the pandemic.

Historic Preservation

  • Assisting prospective members with genealogy
  • Placing and refurbishing DAR historic markers
  • Digitizing fragile records
  • Indexing records of revolutionary war patriots
  • Partnering with local cemeteries to clean stones and preserve records
  • Collecting genealogical materials
  • Financially supporting the Seimes Technology Center of the DAR Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Seeking and preserving Bible records
  • Writing biographies of Medal of Honor recipients

Education

  • Tutoring local students
  • Honoring high-achieving JROTC students and Civil Air Patrol Cadets
  • Judging History Day competitions
  • Making educational displays for local cities, libraries and schools
  • Securing “Constitution Week” proclamations from local governments
  • Sponsoring essay contests
  • Providing U.S. Flags to schools
  • Teaching Sunday School
  • Donating books to schools and libraries

Patriotism and Community Activity

  • Supplying backpacks for homeless veterans
  • Celebrating the life and sacrifice of Nathan Hale annually
  • Preparing a monthly meal at the Minneapolis VA’s Fisher House
  • Assembling move-in kits for veterans that are transitioning from homelessness to an apartment
  • Participating in Memorial Day wreath laying at Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Placing flags at Fort Snelling National Cemetery each May
  • Laying wreaths at Fort Snelling National Cemetery each December
  • Supporting a local women’s shelter by making welcome baskets
  • Contributing in the work of the North Saint Paul Veteran’s Park Committee
  • Sponsoring, volunteering at and running in the June “Flag Day 5K” race (supports Fisher House)
  • Remembering our POW/MIA soldiers in a candlelight march each September
  • Promoting proper use of the U.S. Flag
  • Clipping coupons for Support Our Troops
  • Advocating conservation, especially pollinator gardens
  • Recycling “Keys for Kids”

DAR Friendship

  • Working together on projects
  • Monthly Book Club
  • Monthly Genealogy Club
  • Social time before chapter meetings
  • Outings to local historic sites

(Photos from Nathan Hale Chapter Archives.)