The members of the

Monte Vista Chapter NSDAR

Daughters of the American Revolution

welcome you to this website!

We are located in

Monte Vista, Colorado

Sand hill cranes fill the landscape in South Central Colorado. By Matt Inden/Miles

Sand hill cranes fill the landscape in South Central Colorado
Colorado Tourism Office, Matt Inden/Miles


We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to who we are, what we do, how to join us,
and resources to research your own family history, celebrate patriotism, champion education,
and promote historic preservation.

If you would like more information on the Monte Vista Chapter DAR,
please email the following chapter leaders or visit our state and national websites.

email Email the Monte Vista Chapter Regent

email Email the Monte Vista Chapter about Membership

email Visit the Colorado State DAR homepage

email Visit the National Society DAR homepage


We are members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR). This organization is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization comprising 3,000 chapters and over 185,000 members.


Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.


Are you interested in membership but live outside our area or cannot meet with us locally? That's okay!
You can explore other chapters in Colorado by visiting this Colorado State DAR page
or click here to be connected with a chapter that serves your community.

Chapter History

Monte Vista Chapter takes its name from the city which is located near the center of the historic San Luis Valley. The name, figuratively "Vision of the Mountains," comes from the unobstructed vista of the sweeping San Juan range which forms the Continental Divide, and the Sangre de Cristo mountains which were named by the Conquistadores. It was Spanish territory, then belonged to Mexico, then ceded to the United States after the War with Mexico, and is replete with little-known Spanish, Mexican, and pioneer history and folklore.

The chapter was organized October 23, 1914, by Gertrude Robinson, organizing regent. The charter was presented by Mrs. Winfield Scott Tarbell, State Regent. Charter members were: Gertrude Robinson, Mary Isabel Bushinger, Sara Timmons Brady, Lois Pearl Burgett, Clella Merchant, Faye Gooding, Adeline Anderson, Lulu Akers, Mary Bushinger, Olive R. Gibbs, Marjorie Gilbreath, Clara Holt, Mary E. Rice, Ella Louise Smith, Susan Webster, and Elizabeth Sylvester.

Zebulon Pike came here in 1807 to search for the Red River and the boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase. After unbelievable hardships, he and his men came over the Sangre de Cristo range, skirted the Great Sand Dunes, and passed at the foot of his "Great White Mountain" (Mount Blanca) and reached the banks of the Rio Grande River. He built a stockade with a moat and flew the stars and stripes above it. Monte Vista Chapter NSDAR erected a temporary marker on the site of the Pike Stockade on August 30, 1921, and helped gain the legislation which has made it Pikes Memorial Park. The State Historical Society rebuilt the stockade to continue preservation of the historically significant structure. At the time of the dedication of the first marker, a copy of Pikes Journal was presented to the chapter by Luther Norland. He had acquired it from the estate of former Governor McIntyre of Colorado, upon whose land the site of the stockade was located. This is the 1889 copy of the London edition of 1811. Luther Norland and D.E. Newcomb, Sr., of La Jara, had succeeded in obtaining military recognition of the site in 1910, and getting the state to preserve the remains of the logs from destruction by floods. Additional land was later bought for the park through the efforts of Senator John S. Shaforth and W. A. Braiden.

Items of Note About Our Chapter

Historic Marker

Colonel Albert Pfeiffer GraveErected 1931 by the Rio Del Norte Chapter DAR

Our Patriot Ancestors

Martin ArnerPrivatePennsylvania
Edward BenbowPrivate, Patriotic ServiceSouth Carolina
William BuckSergeantMassachusetts
William Fife, Sr.Captain, Patriotic ServicePennsylvania
John FosterPrivateMaryland
John GeyerNonCommissioned OfficerPennsylvania
Erastus HathawayPrivateVermont
Josiah HaydenMajorMassachusetts
John PoolePrivateSouth Carolina
Jared RobinsonCaptainConnecticut
Henry SecristPrivatePennsylvania
Zophar SkidmoreCorporalNew York
Charles UhlCorporalPennsylvania
Gideon VanAukenPrivate, Patriotic ServiceNew York
Joseph WheelerCorporalPennsylvania
as of March 26, 2019