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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.

 

Officers

Society Officers    

President
Vice President 
Chaplain
Recording Secretary 
Corresponding Secretary
Treasurer
Registrar 
Historian
Librarian/Curator

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

 

 

Calendar of Events 2014 - 2015

  • July 31 - August 2, Nevada State Fair, Carson City
  • September 14, Membership meeting
  • October 12, Membership meeting
  • November 1, Nevada Day Parade & Sesquicentennial Celebration
  • November 16, Membership meeting
  • 2015
  • January 25, Membership meeting
  • March 1, State Conference, Las Vegas
  • April 17-19, National Convention, Arlington, Virginia
  • Summer 2015, Western Region Conference

 

 

State Project 2014 - 2015: Pocket Flags

The Pocket Flag Project was started by Boy Scouts hoping to give troops on the front line a small piece of home - miniature American flags. Since the original mailings, Pocket Flags has grown into a larger organization doing great things for our troops. Supporing Pocket Flags will benefit many of the Nevada State CAR members as well as American troops.

We are targeting raising $80 for 300 miniature flags for our members to fold. This will enable them to learn about the proper way to fold flags. The folded flags will be sent to American Troops fighting on the front line through Pocket Flags. Excess funds raised will offset the cost of shipping the flags as well as providing a donation to the National President's Project.

Donations are payable to the Nevada State Society C.A.R. Contact Senior State President Kristina Perry.


National Theme 2014 - 2015: O! Say Can You See

O Say Can You SeeEach 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 2014–2015 N.S.C.A.R. year is O! Say Can You See.

The 2014-2015 National President’s Project is to make a donation to the Star-Spangled Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland, in honor of the Star-Spangled Banner’s bicentennial. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House began as the home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, and has become a museum that retells the impact Mary and her flag had on our independence. The museum attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year, with 30% of its visitors coming with school groups.

Unfortunately, of the ten flags on the grounds of the Flag House, all ten are in need of repair. As this is an expensive project and falls outside of restricted exhibit funds, the Flag House has been unable to fix them. This year, the N.S.C.A.R. hopes to raise $20,000 to donate to the Flag House. With our donation, all ten flags can be restored, including a large Star-Spangled Banner that flies in front of the museum. Our donation will also cover the cost of a recognition marker for the N.S.C.A.R. on the Flag House grounds.

In addition to a donation to the Flag House, this year the N.S.C.A.R. will place an emphasis on learning about our nation’s flag. Local societies are encouraged to spend time learning flag etiquette and exploring the history of the American flag. Our flag symbolizes freedom and independence, and our societies will pay tribute to it in its bicentennial.

Join us as we honor the American flag. “O! Say Can You See”, may our flag ever wave.

 

Membership

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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