Presidio Chapter in Action

Membership in the Presidio Chapter affords participation in a variety of activities. We pride ourselves on fulfilling the DAR's mission of furthering patriotism, education, and historic preservation - all while deepening our connections to one another and the San Francisco community.
This page highlights our chapter's programs, service events, and social engagements. Make sure to scroll all the way down the page for a glimpse into past programs, thoughts from our members, and homages to our patriots.

Click on the photo tiles to view additional images from those events.
And don't forget: we welcome prospective members at events and meetings, so please join us to enjoy the full experience. (Our post-meeting teas are regarded as some of the best in DAR!)
Patriot Portrait

PFC Albert Westervelt

New Jersey

Albert Westervelt supported the cause through payment of a supply tax, which helped fund the military. 

Submitted by his descendant, Lauren

Past Program

Grace Cathedral: Its History and Architecture 
A Walking Tour

This docent-led tour shared details on one of San Francisco's most renowned houses of worship. We are proud to have hosted multiple meetings in this spectacular venue.

A Member Favorite

I really enjoy the welcome ceremonies that occur several times during the year when new members introduce themselves to the group, talk about their journey into DAR, and share their patriots' stories. If it weren't for our patriots, we wouldn't be here today.

- Angela, chapter member since 2011

A Member Favorite

The presentation by Presidio Trust Archeologist Kari Jones was fantastic! Today's Presidio covers a sizable area. It was a shock to learn how small and primitive it was originally, and delightful to discover what still stands and what is currently being rediscovered/excavated by the Trust.

- Sarah, chapter member since 2014

Patriot Portrait

PVT Henry Francisco


Henry is the oldest patriot on record with DAR, serving with the Continental Line in his 90s. According to accounts, he asked to join the fight to seek revenge against Red Coats who had burned his barn. He just wanted to "get one good shot" at them!

Submitted by his descendant, Wendy

Past Program

General Vallejo and Early California History: A Field Trip to Sonoma

Lachryma Montis and the Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma

Members were treated to a day of historic tours focused on early California settlers. Afterwards they enjoyed lunch and the county's famous wine.

Past Program

How the Revolution Changed Women’s Role in Society

A lecture given by Professor Candace Harrison

Members enjoyed Professor Harrison's enlightening talk on the role the Revolutionary War played in shifting society's expectations of women.

A Member Favorite

My favorite chapter event is the USS San Francisco Memorial Day event.

The chapter pays tribute to veterans by serving coffee and baked goods to more than 300 veterans and family members in attendance. 

- Christina, Presidio Chapter Founding Member

A Member Favorite

I love packaging goodies for our active troops and adopted battalions -- and then hearing back from them with such genuine appreciation!

Every year we sign thousands of holiday cards to send abroad with messages of thanks to let them know we remember and support them.

- Katie, chapter member since 2011

Past Program

Colonial Dance Lessons
With dance caller Alan Winston and live accompaniment

Chapter members learned the dances their ancestors would have performed at weddings, holidays, and formal dinners. You can be assured a good time was had by all!

Patriot Portrait

PVT Jacob Hendershot

New Jersey

Jacob served in Sussex County alongside his three brothers: William, Abraham, and Michael. On January 9, 1775, Jacob was promoted to Captain of the First Battalion, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Jacob and all other Hendershots are descended from Michael Haydershatt who arrived in the US from Germany on the ship Lyon.

Submitted by his descendant, Sheryl
Project Platoon: Easter Baskets

The chapter prepared Easter Baskets full of goodies for our adopted Marine Platoon stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

A Member Favorite

I really enjoyed last year's Christmas party. The setting was breathtaking. I loved that a historic San Rafael home was brought to life again through our dinner party.

Everything was superb from the food to the decorations - and especially the company!

- Wendy, chapter member since 2014

Patriot Portrait

CAP David Beard


Captain Beard was present at the seige of Yorktown and its surrender on October 16, 1781. He commanded a company in Colonel Lynch's regiment under General Washington. Captain Beard is buried in Tennessee; the local DAR chapter marked his grave and maintains the cemetery.

Submitted by his descendant, Jane

Past Program

The Witches of Salem
Leslie Steuben, Associated Daughters of Early American Witches

This program was held at the Gate House at Fort Mason and discussed the history of witchcraft and witch trials in early America. It was the perfect fit for an October meeting!

Patriot Portrait

SOL Abraham Deaver


Abraham Deaver was a soldier in Ohio during the Revolutionary War.

The town of Deaver, Ohio, was named for his family. 

Submitted by his descendant, Judith

Past Program

Weddings in the White House
Barbara Ebel of Couture Costumes

This event was held at a member's historic home. The program discussed the multiple weddings that have been conducted at the White House, with a focus on each wedding's style. 
Memorial Day 2013

Chapter members participated in San Francisco's annual Memorial Day parade held in The Presidio. Some marched in their best red, white, and blue; others in period regalia.

Past Program

A Hair Affair
Wigs and Makeup of the 18th Century

This program brought to life the cosmetology practices of the Revolutionary War period. Members listened to a presentation about hair maintenance and styling practices, as well as makeup trends and application methods. 

Patriot Portrait

PS Samuel Wheeler


Wheeler was a Quaker and an iron factory owner who was commissioned to forge a chain to stretch across the Delaware River, preventing British ships from passing. As a Quaker it was against his beliefs to take up arms in war; his manufacture of the chain earned him recognition as being loyal to the cause.

Submitted by his descendant, Virginia
Washington's Birthday Celebration

The Presidio Chapter joined other organizations to celebrate George Washington at an event in his honor, held at San Francisco's George Washington High. 

Past Program

Technology, Medicine, and Volunteerism at the VA
James McDermott, San Francisco VA Health Care System

Mr. McDermott shared improvements and advancements being made at the VA, as well as process for becoming a volunteer, and offered to assist those who might be interested in applying.

A Member Favorite

I love the annual service project meeting in December.

It's such a fun, efficient, and inspiring event, which allows me to get involved in the community and meet other women with similar interests and values.

- Amy, chapter member since 2014

Past Program

Founding Gardeners: Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison
Presented by Andrea Wulf

This program was held at The Presidio and educated members on the Founding Fathers' interest and breadth of knowledge in gardening. Ms. Wulf share details on each of the men's individual gardens and his input in their cultivation.
Patriot Portrait

CAP John Brown

On September 22, 1774, at a town meeting in Leicester, Massachusetts, Captain John Brown was appointed to the committee that would draft instructions for the Representatives to the Provincial Congress, which was to be held in October of the same year in Salem Township, Essex County, Massachusetts.  

Submitted by his descendant, Eunice

A Member Favorite

My favorite events are the chapter meetings because they are meaningful, educational, and fun! 

It's easy to have a good time around the other smiling faces in our chapter.

- Marion, chapter member since 2014

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