Fort Churchill Society
Children of the American Revolution
Carson City & Reno, Nevada
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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:
- To acquire knowledge of American History.
- To preserve and restore places of Historical importance associated with men and women who forwarded American Independence.
- To ascertain the deeds and honor the memories of the men, women and children who rendered service to the cause of the American Revolution.
- To promote the celebration of patriotic anniversaries.
- To honor and cherish the Flag of the United States of America above every other flag.
- To love, uphold and extend the principles of American liberty and patriotism.
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.
Senior Society Officers
Calendar of Events 2016 - 2017
- June 24-25, Western Region Conference, Couer d'Alene, Idaho
- Membership meetings TBA
- January 15, 2017, Nevada State Society C.A.R. State Conference, Carson City
- April 21-23, 2017 - National Convention, Arlington, Virginia
- Summer 2017 - Western Region Conference
State Theme 2016 - 2017: Honoring Old Glory
The Nevada State Society is raising funds to place flag recycling bins in retail stores around Nevada. Community partnerships will be created to ensure each bin has an organization willing to collect the flags and ensure their proper retirement and disposal. Each bin costs $1,000 to manufacture and ship.
We have raised funds to place a bin in the Carson City area, and are now raising funds to place a bin in the Las Vegas area.
To support Honoring Old Glory, please send your check payable to the Nevada State Society C.A.R., and mail it to Senior Treasurer Anita Sheard, 1803 Teal Drive, Carson City, NV 89701.
Together we can ensure continuing respect and honor for the American Flag!
National Theme 2016 - 2017: Freedom's Thunder
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 2016–2017 N.S.C.A.R. year is FREEDOM'S THUNDER.
The National Project is to raise funds for a new enhanced outdoor interpretive program – Artillery and Firing Station that will feature education on the siege of Yorktown and firing demonstrations of cannon at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (ARMY).
In the course of our nation’s history there are landmark events that initiate a period of evolution for our republic. Only one holds the distinct claim to final liberation of our citizens from an oppressive rule. A battle that shook the foundation of the world’s ruling governments, set the stage for the beginning of a new independent nation, and bestowed liberty upon its citizens for all time. The Victory at the battle of Yorktown was the start of our new nation and set the stage for the laurels of freedom that we hold dear.
Please join me in making some noise to inspire, to awaken, and to remind people of the freedom that we cherish and refuse to take for granted. Together we can take the nation by storm with our message of freedom.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is a staple of the historic battle site, an institution that tells the story of our patriot ancestors’ struggle for freedom and seeks to remind the current generation of its responsibility to actively covet and guard the liberty’s bestowed upon us. Yorktown was won due to the constant bombardment of British General Cornwallis’ defenses by the French and Continental gun crew; FREEDOM’S THUNDER.
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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