Polly Cooper Chapter, NSDAR
Established May 5, 2017 • Chappaqua, New York
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
We operate as a local chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR). The NSDAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer service organization comprising 3,000 chapters and over 180,000 members. It was founded on October 11, 1890, and incorporated by an act of Congress in 1896. Membership is open to all women, ages 18 and older, who have a direct line to a patriot who served in the American Revolution. We come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but we all share a common bond of having an ancestor who helped contribute to securing the independence of the United States of America.
Preservation • Patriotism • Education • Community
The Polly Cooper Chapter, NSDAR, was established on April 15, 2017, in the former Chappaqua, New York, home of Organizing Regent Kari Weis. In attendance were the NYDAR Organizing Secretary, Jennifer Malara, along with eighteen other organizing members. The National Society confirmed the chapter at its board meeting on May 5, 2017. We've continued to operate in Northern Westchester since that time.
Northern Westchester County and Beyond
Members are free to choose the chapter that fits them best! Our chapter generally operates and volunteers throughout Northern Westchester County in the state of New York, with meetings and activities taking place in towns such as: Armonk, Thornwood, Pleasantville, Chappaqua, Millwood, Mount Kisco, Bedford, Pound Ridge, Bedford Hills, Lewisboro, Cross River, Katonah, Somers, and Yorktown Heights. However, you don't need to live in these towns to join us! Our members commute from points beyond Westchester to include Rockland County (NY), Putnam County (NY), Suffolk County (NY), and Warren County (NJ).
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Polly Cooper: A Humanitarian of the Revolutionary War
"George Washington is called the father of this country; an Indian woman of the Oneida Nation should be called the mother of this country. Her name was Polly Cooper. She cooked for George Washington and his staff of officers when they were located in Philadelphia. Polly Cooper would not accept cash payment for her part in the Revolutionary War. Isn't that just like what a mother does for her children? [...] When I was a boy, I used to hear my people talk about Polly Cooper's bravery, about how she cooked and carried water to the soldiers. Whenever she had a chance between the hours of cooking duty, Polly would roll up her sleeves and take two pails of water, one container in each hand, and go into the battlefield." -William Honyost Rockwell (1870–1960)