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. Meetings were held on the second Wednesday of each month at various locations in Pahrump. 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 two Nevada State Regents attend its meetings, Rosalie O'Grady and Dixie Lee Judge. Chapter fundraisers are garage sales and the design and sale of personally designed greeting cards.
The chapter supports the community through participation in the Pahrump Historical Society and the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce. The chapter contributes to and participates in local veterans memorials and community events. Educational activities include donating patriotic materials to local and home-schooled children. The Pahrump Children's Library has been the recipient of more than 100 books to supplement their summer reading program. The chapter has a circulating library for DAR members. Our members also donate to the Pahrump Senior Center. In addition to various patriotic and civic contributions, the chapter offers both an annual ROTC award and an annual ROTC scholarship to a graduating senior at Pahrump Valley High School who will continue ROTC education at an accredited college. The chapter also contributes funds for supplies annually to the rural Duckwater School of the Nye County School District
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