Pride. Patriotism. Love of Country.
The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution trains good citizens, develops leaders and promotes love of the United States of America and its heritage among young people. Our six objectives for members are:
Fort Churchill Society
Fort Churchill Society reorganized on April 9, 2011. Our Society was first organized on May 17, 1958 in Reno, Nevada. The Society disbanded on October 15, 1979.
Fort Churchill, Nevada was founded by the U.S. Army in 1860 at the height of Indian attacks on settlers in Nevada. The Carson River Expedition led by Captain Joseph Stewart was ordered to establish a post on the Carson River which would assist in guarding the Pony Express and other mail routes as well as the protection of settlers.
Hundreds of soldiers served at the fort named after Sylvester Churchill, the Inspector General of the US Army. The fort consisted of adobe buildings constructed on stone foundations in the traditional form of a square which faced a central parade ground. The onset of the Civil War made Fort Churchill a vital supply depot for the Nevada Military District and as a base for troops on patrol on the overland routes. Around 200 soldiers were stationed at Fort Churchill at any given time.
By 1869 Fort Churchill had outlived its use. The adobe buildings were auctioned for only $750 when the fort was abandoned by the military. Remains of soldiers buried in the post cemetery were moved to Carson City in 1884. The cemetery remains a part of Fort Churchill today, but the only remaining graves are of the Buckland family, pioneer ranchers who sold supplies to the fort.
The State of Nevada, only 7 years old, declined the chance to acquire Fort Churchill in 1871. For many years the fort lay neglected, used primarily as a shelter for travelers on the Carson River Trail. Some scavenged the fort remains for building materials.
In the early 1930s the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution took an interest in preserving the fort. The State of Nevada took custody of 200 acres of the original military reservation on October 6, 1932. Aided by the passage of Assembly Bill 189 by the 1931 Nevada Legislature, the State of Nevada in turn deeded the land and buildings on April 30, 1934 to the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter DAR to hold in trust. The National Park Service made restoration plans, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) renovated the fort remains and built the visitor center. But World War II pulled manpower away from the fort and it was vandalized and damaged from weather until interest returned in 1957 when it became a part of the Nevada State Park System. On February 16, 1961, the title of Fort Churchill was reconveyed from the DAR to the State of Nevada. A Governor’s proclamation declared Fort Churchill a state historical monument.
Today, thousands of visitors each year enjoy visiting Fort Churchill State Historic Park, located just outside of Silver Springs, Nevada.
As the 36th state to enter the Union, Nevada has a rich history rooted in western expansion. These early pioneers had the fierce independent spirit necessary to settle in the rugged territorial West, and led the Road to Independence which helped Nevada achieve statehood in 1864.
For the state project, each local society is asked to perform a project which will assist in preserving Nevada history at a historical site of their choosing in their local area.
National Theme 2015 - 2016: Road to Independence
Each year, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution creates a National Theme and the National President develops a project that will benefit the Society and the nation.
The National Theme for the 2015–2016 N.S.C.A.R. year is ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE.
The 2015 – 2016 National Project is to raise funds for the “First Oval Office” permanent exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution. Many places claim that George Washington spent the night, but how many people can say that they have saved, made a home for, and promoted education about the room where General George Washington spent the entire Revolutionary War? We are presented with this unique opportunity!
The Museum of the American Revolution is a brand new museum located in the historic heart of Philadelphia, the city that served as the headquarters of America’s independence and founding. Located a few blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this museum will be the home of the First Oval Office, General George Washington’s marquis tent. Within this tent George Washington was visited by Founding Fathers, Great Ladies, Military Leaders, and Important Allies from 1775 - 1783. This authentic witness to history traveled the ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE.
Together we can travel the ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE and ensure the preservation of our nation’s history with the Museum of the American Revolution, and create a permanent home for the First Oval Office. Together we can introduce the next generation to what we hold important - Independence, Service, and Patriotism.
Founded in 1895, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, is the oldest patriotic organization for youth in our country. Membership is open to descendents of patriots of the American Revolution.
Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-one is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States, provided that the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society.
Meetings and activities are planned for all ages with special consideration given to younger members -- our PeeWee Patriots.
Members gain invaluable leadership experience in conducting meetings, following parliamentary procedures and standard protocol, serving as delegates and speaking before groups at local, state and national conferences. The responsibility and privilege of selecting officers helps members gain an understanding of the democratic process.
Fort Churchill Society is a proud part of the Nevada State Society Children of the American Revolution. Fort Churchill Society is sponsored by the following chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Battle Born Chapter, John C. Fremont Chapter and Nevada Sagebrush Chapter.
For more information on how you can join Fort Churchill Society, contact Senior President Stacy Woodbury.
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