Chapter Activities and Projects

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Chapter Activities

Martin Severance Chapter, NSDAR, regularly provides pocket U.S. Constitution booklets and DAR flag codes for special events. Several flags have been provided to local library branches. The chapter places an exhibit at the main branch of the Pasadena Public Library throughout September in honor of Constitution Week and for Women’s History Month in March.

Martin Severance Chapter, NSDAR, living history project presents women patriots to grammar school children in the Pasadena area. Members wear authentic costumes and learn the history of these 100 women to share with the students.

About The Patriot Sisters Project

The Patriot Sisters are a group from the Martin Severance Chapter, NSDAR, who portray the personas of actual women who lived during the years of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and helped to win our country’s freedom from England. Dressed in period clothing and using props, they represent women of many different socio-economic groups and regions from the thirteen colonies. Through the first-person narrative, the voices of 18th-century women are heard. They offer a valuable enrichment and engagement method of teaching and experiencing history for schools in the Pasadena area in grades five through twelve well as other groups within the community.

Listeners hear the stories from well-known women such as Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, and Molly Pitcher as well as the lesser-known and often under-credited Patriot women such as Polly Cooper, an Oneida Native American, and Margaret Cochran Corbin who fought when her husband fell in battle. Meet Deborah Sampson Gannett who dressed as a male, enlisted as Robert Shurtleff, and was honorably discharged from the Continental Army and awarded a pension.

Learn more about women’s roles and their vital powers as household consumers and producers, how they raised money for the war effort, provided services by working as nurses, spies, messengers, and clothing as well as uniform suppliers while keeping the farms and businesses running so that families and armies would be fed while men were away. Able to express themselves politically while still lacking many of the rights we take for granted today, our group of Patriot women shares how each was involved in helping to create our new nation, a democracy in a republic.