Pahrump Springs Chapter was chartered on December 6, 2003, and meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Pahrump area. Programs include local history, U.S. history, Indian heritage, genealogy, and military service personnel.
Located 60 miles west of Las Vegas, the Pahrump Valley was originally settled by Paiute Indians approximately 800 years ago. The name Pahrump means "big flow of water." Because of the abundance of water from natural springs and flowing rivers, the Indians planted crops using a system of shallow wells and ditches. The Homestead Act of 1862 brought early settlers receiving 160 acres each, which had to be worked for 5 years to establish ownership. Due to the hardships of desert conditions, many failed. Since water is the most essential necessity of life, the large springs attracted more settlers and by the 1920s and 1930s cultivation grew. By the 1950s the valley had more than 1000 acres of cotton, which was so successful a cotton gin was built - the first in the State of Nevada. Due to the abundance of water, Pahrump continues to grow and is a desirable place to live. For more information regarding Pahrump see books by author Robert D. McCracken, from which this paragraph is based.
The DAR in Pahrump
Early in 2003 the chapter's organizational meetings began with the able assistance of five members of the Valley of Fire Chapter of Las Vegas. One by one members were confirmed and by December 6, 2003, the chapter was officially chartered with an organizing membership of fourteen. The chapter has been fortunate to have several Nevada State Regents attend its meetings including Rosalie O'Grady, Dixie Lee Judge, Joan Dimmitt, Karen Lampus, and Rebecca Eisenman, The Chapter encourages visitors at their meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:15 at the Pahrump Community Library. The primary Chapter fundraiser is the annual spring garage sale.
The Chapter supports the DAR commitment to education in several ways. The Pahrump Children's Library has been the recipient of several hundred books over the years to supplement their summer reading program. Pahrump Valley High School's Students in Need Program accepts food, clothing and toiletries monthly from Chapter members. A Pahrump Valley High School JROTC senior is awarded a bronze medal and certificate for excellence in leadership and scholarship. The chapter has a circulating library for DAR members realizing that learning is a lifelong process.
Historic preservation means so many things to our membership. The Old Spanish Trail Association, the Tonopah Mining Musuem, and the Pahrump Museum are among a few organizations that receive donations. Our activities include so much more so that not only buildings and trails are preserved but also documents through our indexing and digitizing program.
There are many ways to show our patriotism. Pahrump Springs Chapter chooses to support our veterans. Without them we wouldn't be able to enjoy our freedom.
How Can I Join the DAR
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded on October 11, 1890, with the purposes of historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors. Any woman who is no less than 18 years of age and who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence may be voted into membership by the chapter. Documentation of said lineage must be provided according to NSDAR guidelines on the official membership application and with acceptable supporting materials. More information about joining the DAR is available online.
The national society has nearly 40 standing committees which promote itsproject areas, including educational programs, scholarship competitions, citizenship awards, school contests, sponsorship of schools for underprivileged children, literacy programs, genealogical records, national genealogical library, lineage research, DAR Museum, community service, national defense, units overseas, Constitution and The Flag of the USA, conservation, commemorative events, naturalization, and volunteerism. The NSDAR fact sheet can provide more specific information regarding the activities of each committee. It can be found on the NSDAR website, located at www.dar.org.
For DAR membership information in Pahrump, e-mail Chapter Regent