Elizabeth Ross Chapter

Members of the Elizabeth Ross Chapter of the national society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) volunteered in the ongoing effort to update the genealogical collection of the Drake library in Centerville.

OTTUMWA — The Elizabeth Ross Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was established in 1896. Since then, members of the Elizabeth Ross Chapter have been dedicated to preserving the nation’s history.

For a while now, Regent Laure Reminick and other chapter members have been participating in an ongoing effort to update the genealogical collection of the Drake Library in Centerville. Reminick said she and other members find genealogy important because of the connection it provides to their ancestors who were in the American Revolution.

“I like history,” Reminick said. “It’s a way to connect myself to my grandmother.”

Reminick said the chapter itself is important because of what it provides for women. When the organization was established in 1896, Reminick said women did not have rights such as voting rights. Since then, Reminick and other members have continued to celebrate the efforts of women.

“We recently admitted our one millionth member,” Reminick said. “This is a great organization for women to emphasize history, country and support each other. The Constitution Hall [in Washington, D.C.] is exclusively owned by women. With this Constitution Hall and when the chapter was established — we continue to take pride in the accomplishments of women.”

Reminick appreciates having 42 chapter members from Ottumwa and surrounding areas but would like to see the chapter grow. Any woman over the age of 18 can join the Elizabeth Ross Chapter, but they must be able to prove they are related to an ancestor who was in the American Revolution. Women needing help proving their lineage can reach out to Reminick.

“We want more people to join,” she said. “We don’t want to make this terribly exclusive, but we know the effort it takes to show the connection. We are very open as long as there is a connection. We want members who are interested in supporting the United States of America. We plan to have a genealogical collection workshop in March in order to help women with this.”

Reminick has been a part of the DAR for 25 years and still loves every second of the role she plays and the fulfillment it gives others.

“The major fulfillment is to give back to the organization and connect with other women in the DAR spectrum,” she said. “Every person that is a member has awareness of our history, of our country, the effort to create a republic and maintain that republic and constitution.”

There is also a SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) and CAR (Children of the American Revolution). Those wanting more information on these organizations or information on the DAR should contact Reminick at edwards_reminick@yahoo.com.

Chiara Romero can be reached at cromero@ottumwacourier.com.

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