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Rhode Island Independence Chapter

National Society

Daughters of the American Revolution

Providence, Rhode Island

NSDAR Motto:

God, Home and Country

bwpine_transp We welcome you to our web site. The theme of the current National administration, “Preserve the Past, Enhance the Present and Invest in the Future,” is represented by the symbol of three intertwined circles. The Rhode Island Independence Chapter of NSDAR is a small one, but we try to participate in as many events as possible. Being a small chapter has its advantages – we get to know every member well and have a great time socially! We meet in all parts of the state: Providence, East Providence, Warwick, and Greenville just to name a few places, and we have had some very interesting speakers. We donate generously to the Rhode Island Veterans Hospital as part of our many service projects for the community. Prospective members are always welcomed. Please feel free to contact us and come along for a meeting; we would love to get to know you! Most of our meetings are the 3rd Friday of the month except during the summer. If you would like to attend please contact our Regent Elsie Buffum at


History of Our Chapter

In the 118 years since our national organization began in 1890, the strength and independence of our pioneer forebears has been self-evident. It was a simple vote against women members by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) that put into motion the formation of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The Rhode Island Colony did through a formal statute make declaration for complete and absolute freedom (with only six dissenting votes) on May 4, 1776, some two months before these thirteen colonies did the same in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This historic meeting was held at the Old State House, located between Benefit and North Main streets in Providence, Rhode Island, renouncing in certain and straightforward language any and all allegiance to Great Britain. Thus a DAR chapter, organized on February 22, 1910, took the name Rhode Island Independence Chapter. The first formal meeting was held on May 4, 1910, in the Old State House.


Old State House, Providence, Rhode Island

Home of the First Rhode Island Independence Chapter Meeting

Photograph by Richard Benjamin


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This site created by Webmaster Lorraine L. Hilton, Rhode Island State VIS Chair, email:

Chapter contact: Elsie Buffum, Regent,

 Last Revised: July 17, 2013

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