Celebrating five years of existence, the Ephraim Basehor chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently held a reception to honor the local organizing and charter members of the organization. With over 25 members, the Ephraim Basehor chapter is one of 62 Kansas chapters.

The DAR is a non-political service organization focused on historical preservation, education and patriotism. The national organization is anticipating a large surge of interest as the 250th birthday of the United States approaches in 2023. With chapters in over 40 communities, the Kansas State Society has nearly 3,000 members. With the continuing population growth in the Basehor area, starting a local chapter made sense. 

When the group was in the early stage of organizing, it held genealogy workshops at the Basehor library. Since tracing family lineage back to a patriot directly involved in the American Revolution is a requirement for membership, the location was perfect. Dozens of people showed up to learn more about their own family as well as the DAR.

“As the regent of the Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution, I am so pleased to be part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the Ephraim Basehor Chapter as I remember when this chapter was started,” said Kathryn West. “In the past five years, the chapter has grown, and most importantly, has provided great service to their community. As an organization built on service, this celebration was heartwarming as I listened to the recap of the variety of service projects completed by the chapter. This growing chapter is well situated with leadership and members and I look forward to following their progress in the years to come.”

Some of the projects that the Ephraim Basehor chapter has participated in include planting trees at the Basehor Elementary School, sponsoring an American history essay contest, cleaning headstones in local cemeteries, conducting a remembrance ceremony for the Medal of Honor recipients buried in Kansas, laying wreaths on headstones at the Leavenworth National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America, and most recently, the group held a special recognition ceremony for Basehor residents who served in Vietnam. 

In addition, active duty soldiers and veterans continue to be a focus for the chapter. Members held bingo parties at the Leavenworth VA, provided gifts for patients and collected items for homeless veterans. 

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com