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This black and white photo shows members of the Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR taking part in a ribbon cutting of a monument in Jersey City, New Jersey in the early 1900s. You can read about this in the history of Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR on this page.

Chapter Officers

Regent: Emily Carlin

Vice Regent: Kat Fanning

Chaplain: Elsie Sienkiewicz

Recording Secretary: Diane Gianettino

Corresponding Secretary: Alice Aiello

Treasurer: Joanne Tobias

Registrar: Kelly Blount

Historian: Susan Sienkiewicz

Librarian: Diana Foxwell

Curator: Malsert Chapman

Board Member: Emily Carlin

Board Member: Joanne Tobias

Board Member: Kelly Blount

Chapter Chairs

American History : Heather Ward

American Indians: Joanne Tobias

Americanism: Geraldine Eggert

Children of the American Revolution: Emily Carlin

Community Classroom : Claire Wolfe

Conservation: Kelly Molinari

Constitution Week: Elsie Sienkiewicz

DAR Good Citizens: Jane Fanning

DAR Magazine : Diane Gianettino

DAR Museum Outreach : Kat Fanning

DAR School: Marilyn Holt

The Flag of the United States : Donna Dorgan

Genealogical Records: Alice Aiello

Membership: Tisa Surat

National Defense: Joanne Tobias

Public Relations and Media Barbara Mills

Volunteer Information Specialists : Emily Carlin

Highlights of Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR as well as those of Bergen Chapter NSDAR and Paulus-Hook Chapter NSDAR, are excerpts from "The History of the Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter DAR Jersey City, NJ 1899-1990" written by Joan Kraft.

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Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter Highlights

"On October 24, 1951, Paulus Hook Chapter joined with the Bergen Chapter and the new Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter was formed. The merging Regents were Mrs. Harvey B. Nelson for the Bergen Chapter and Miss Alice G. Throckmorton for the Paulus Hook Chapter.

“Miss Helen M. Wright was Regent of the Chapter from 1953-1956. She...came to Jersey City in 1899 when her father was appointed Presiding Elder of the Jersey City District of Methodist Churches.

“Besides her extensive work on DAR and genealogy tracings, Miss Wright was also the author of three books which are in all major libraries and in larger universities.”

“March 1956 marked the 50th anniversary of Bergen Chapter of Bergen-Paulus Hook. During the program, a citation of merit was presented to Mrs. Lillian Dennegar, Hudson Dispatch Society Editor. Miss Edith Locke, Society Reporter, accepted the citation. The Jersey Journal also received an award. The citation stated 'an award of merit to the Hudson Dispatch in grateful acknowledgment and sincere appreciation of outstanding services and worthy accomplishments for the protection of our Constitutional Republic.' This marked the first time this organization had publicly thanked the press for 'outstanding coverage and accurate presentation to the public of the services and activities of DAR,' said Miss Helen Wright, Regent."

"Mrs. Henry A. Klie was elected chapter regent in March 1959. In March 1962, she was elected to serve as the New Jersey state librarian. Mrs. Klie became the state regent in 1983. She served as the national vice chairman and later, chairman, of the Honor Roll Committee. In 1986, Mrs. Klie was elected as Treasurer General, NSDAR; in 1990, she was elected treasurer of the National Officers Club."

Honorary Treasurer General and Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR member Hester Klie and Elizabeth Sayles Taylor, a former member of Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR, at a New Jersey State Society DAR State Conference

Mrs. Cropper, Regent Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR 1921-1923

Edith Judith Straight Hastings joined the Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR in 1900. She was the 26th chapter member

Highlights of the Bergen Chapter

“The Bergen Chapter was organized on March 9, 1906, with the enthusiastic support of Mrs. Ellen Mecum, who was the New Jersey State Regent. The first chapter in the City, Paulus Hook, desired not to increase its membership to over fifty and since there were a sufficient number of women in Jersey City eligible for membership the new chapter came into being. There were eighteen enthusiastic charter members. The members were unanimous in selecting Mrs. Philip K. Green as the new Regent. Mrs. Green was deemed eminently fitted to organize the society as she was a woman of rare executive ability and tact. She was a member of the old Van Reypen family, one of the first to settle in Bergen, her home being on the site selected by her ancestors, who built one of the first houses in the new settlement.”

“The Chapter was named for the “Village of Bergen” which was founded by Dutch Colonists in 1616, and was the first permanent settlement in New Jersey. In 1658-59, the land was purchased from the Indians by Director General Stuyvesant and Council of the New Netherlands. When the Colony came under English control, Governor Carteret granted a charter to the town and freeholders of Bergen, providing for a church and free school to be supported by a tract of land, tax exempt. During the Revolution the Americans built a fort near the center of the village and the British built one about a mile to the southeast. In 1780 the Battle of Bergen took place.

“The first grave marker placed by the Chapter (1907) was at the grave of Daniel Van Reypen in Old Bergen Cemetery. This marker, the insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was of iron on a short standard, and was the first of its kind to be placed in any cemetery in Jersey City. The Regent, Mrs. George Reed, presided. A short selection was read in concert and members sang one stanza of “America.” Then Mrs. Green, who was a great granddaughter of the soldier being honored, unveiled the marker, placing over it an American flag.”

“In November of 1908 Mrs. Mecum, State Regent, informed Bergen Chapter members that New Jersey is to be represented by one of the thirteen Corinthian columns of Memorial Continental Hall being constructed in Washington. Also, she is to have a room furnished with wood from the old British frigate Augusta which was rated as one of England's best and which was run aground at the Battle of Red Bank, resting half under water for 130 years. The wood was to be put up as paneling and also to be made into furniture. The room eventually had stained glass casement windows depicting incidents and scenes from New Jersey’s Revolutionary history. The room was modeled after an ancient chamber of the City of London and is of the Jacobean period. A chandelier of iron beaten into shape by hand and cannon balls was later hung over the table as testimony to Mrs. Mecum’s labors in furnishing this room. She and Miss Ellen Matlock of Ann Whitall Chapter of New Jersey were the originators of the idea for the room."

To continue reading the history of the Bergen Chapter NSDAR, please, click on the button below to read the document on the history of the Bergen-Paulus Hook Chapter NSDAR.

The New Jersey Room in Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:

For additional information, please contact the Chapter Regent

For additional information, you may also contact the Chapter Vice Regent

For membership information, please contact the Chapter Registrar