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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:

  1. To acquire knowledge of American History.

  2. To preserve and restore places of Historical importance associated with men and women who forwarded American Independence.

  3. To ascertain the deeds and honor the memories of the men, women and children who rendered service to the cause of the American Revolution.

  4. To promote the celebration of patriotic anniversaries.

  5. To honor and cherish the Flag of the United States of America above every other flag.

  6. 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 ChurchilllFort 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.



Society Officers    

Vice President 
Recording Secretary 
Corresponding Secretary

Abbi Hubert
Tec Childers
Savannah Childers
Liam Desormier
Patricia McMillin
Chloe Woodbury
Noah Jennings
Kayla Hubert
Nik Desormier
Our members
Senior Society Officers  
Visit to Fort Churchill State Park, August 2012
Vice President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Stacy Woodbury
Anita Parker
Darcy Houghton
Jan Gould
Julie McMillin
Lori Bagwell
Anita Sheard
Bonnie Hubert
Patricia Desormier



Calendar of Events 2013 - 2014

  • January 13, 2013 -- Membership meeting
  • February 17, Nevada State Conference, Carson City
  • April 19-21, National C.A.R. Convention, Arlington, Virginia
  • May 19 -- Membership meeting
  • June 17-18, Western Region Conference, Las Vegas
  • August 18, Membership meeting
  • September 15, Membership meeting
  • November 17, Membership meeting
  • 2014
  • January 26, Membership meeting
  • February 16 - State Conference, Las Vegas
  • April 11-13, National Convention, Arlington, Virginia
  • July 18-19, Western Region Conference, Oregon



State Theme 2013 - 2014: The Westward Expansion for the Pursuit of Happiness

Westward Expansion

2014 is the 150th anniversary of Nevada becoming a state. It is fitting to look back to the early veterans in this region. Families moved west during the expansion, looking for happiness in the wilderness. Military personnel were housed at both Fort Churchill and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort in the 1800s.

Fort Churchill was once an ative Army fort that was built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers; it was abandoned just nine years later.

The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort was originally built by the Mormons in 1855. It consisted of an adobe enclosure 150 feet on each side, with towers or bastions at the northwest and southeast corners. Late in the fort's life, it was inhabited by the army, and most recently by the Stewart family in the late 1800s.

The goal is to raise funds to assist in the preservation of both historic forts, and continue to preserve the history of Nevada.




National Theme 2013 - 2014: Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of HappinessEach year, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution creates a National Theme and the National President develops a program that will benefit the Society and the nation.

The National Theme for the 2013–2014 N.S.C.A.R. year is Pursuit of Happinesss.

N.S.C.A.R. will raise funds in support of Student Veterans of America (SVA). The funds raised will go toward helping veterans with educational scholarships, SVA student chapters, campus veteran centers, leadership development and advocacy. National President Caitlin Collins has set a goal of raising $50,000.

Today's veterans face numerous obstacles in their path to attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider amongst 18 year old traditional students to a lack of understanding by university faculty. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. SVA makes that goal a reality.

SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground" that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter provides a peer-to-peer network for veterans by coordinating campus activities, providing pre-professional networking and serving as a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.

Let's work together to show our military heroes how much we appreciate their service. All C.A.R. members can both appreciate and understand the significance of this year’s National Project and Theme – Pursuit of Happiness.



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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