Our Chapter

Chapter Meetings

We meet the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m., September through June. For more information about our next meeting or membership in the Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR, please visit our Contact Us or Membership pages.

What We Do

The Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR promotes education, encourages historic preservation, and champions patriotism through a variety of events, programs, projects, and awards. Please enjoy these pictures of a few of our recent activities:

 

Ancestors

Patriot Name

Location of Service

Service Description

Archibald Allison Pennsylvania Private
Jose Antonio Beitia Spanish Colonies Patriotic Service
Muscoe Boulware Virginia Soldier
David Bowers Massachusetts Patriotic Service, Captain
Gasper Butcher Virginia Private
William Cook Maryland Private
John Gearhart Pennsylvania Ensign
William Holman Virginia Civil Service, Patriotic Service
John Kelly Pennsylvania Coronel
Robert Kincaid North Carolina Private
Marshall Martin South Carolina Lieutenant
James Meadows Virginia Private
David Morrison Massachusetts Sergeant
Abraham Neighbours South Carolina Patriotic Service
Charles Pollock Pennsylvania Private
Jacob Preston Connecticut Ensign
Westall Ridgely Maryland Patriotic Service, Lieutenant
Cornelius Sale North Carolina Civil Service, Patriotic Service
Henry Schott Pennsylvania Non-Commissioned Officer
Joseph Sewall North Carolina Private
Jacob Sharpsteen New York Private
Aaron Smith Massachusetts Private
Electius Thompson Maryland Patriotic Service, Private
George Webb Massachusetts Captain
Samuel Wright Connecticut Private
Updated: April 10, 2014

Chapter Officers

Regent Rose Holman
Vice Regent Barbara Privitt
Chaplain Lori Mann
Recording Secretary Louise Clapp
Corresponding Secretary Carolyn Blecha
Treasurer Pamela Russell
Registrar Patty Kinder
Historian Melissa Bonacquista
Librarian Michelle Touchstone
Parliamentarian Virginia Anderson
Updated: December 27, 2015

Chapter History

The Daughters of the American Revolution have a long association with the Santa Fe Trail. In about 1900 enterprising members of the organization began the very progressive project of marking remnants of the Old Trail, all the way from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, in Nuevo Mejico. Most of the small granite markers they placed along the way are still there. They mark ruts left in the prairies by the heavy freight wagons, watering holes, camp spots, and natural landmarks such as mountain passes and remarkable rock formations.

The Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR has provided two markers; one in Trinidad’s Kit Carson Park and the other just east of Trinidad.

The Santa Fe Trail was not an immigrant trail. It was an international road of commerce between a Mexico newly independent of the Spanish crown, and a rapidly expanding United States of America. Commerce on the Trail began in 1821 when Missouri businessman, William Becknell, took a mule train of trade goods to product-hungry Santa Fe. Soon, strings of pack mules and lumbering freight wagons were crossing the 800-plus miles of virtually barren wilderness.

In 1846 Colonel Stephen W. Kearny led his approximately 1,600 man “Army of The West” from Missouri across the “Great American Desert” to a camp right here in what is now Trinidad, on the Rio de las Animas Perdido en Purgatorio (now called the Purgatoire River), across Raton Pass and on down the Trail to Santa Fe. In addition to his 1,600 men, Kearny’s army included 1,400 wagons and field pieces, 15,000 oxen, 4,000 mules, and uncounted teamsters, muleteers, and drovers. Ultimately, Kearny’s journey, his bloodless occupation of Santa Fe and his trip onward from there to help raise the Bear Flag in California, was responsible for adding Southern Colorado, West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and all of California to the Union. A pivotal event in American history, and it took place right in Trinidad on the Santa Fe Trail.

A chapter was previously here from 1912-1983, but it disbanded. Twenty years later, individuals in the community felt the chapter needed to be reappear and started the chapter again. New members with new projects, the chapter has a fresh start.

Our Organizing Members

Nineteen members from all areas surrounding the Trinidad area started the chapter. Our organizational meeting was Saturday, October 28, 2006.

Dorothy Aicega
Donna Allendorf
Virginia Anderson
Louise Clapp
Roberta Cordova
Mary Ann Davis
Jean Dochter
Jamie Gagliardi
Pamela Ham
Cosette Henritze
Constance LaLena
Donna Litt
Patricia Mabry
Diane Mason
Marsi Mason
Sally Miller
Juliette Mondot
Kimberly Pelham
Leslee Toupal