According to DAR National Organizing Secretary General, Mrs. William Smoot, Longs Peak Chapter was officially organized on April 7, 1916. The Organizing meeting was held on March 31, 1916, with Colorado State Regent Grace Butler Tarbell in attendance.
The Charter was granted in 1917 and is currently stored at the Longmont Museum and Culture Center.
Susie Carr McGwire was the Organizing Regent of the Longs Peak Chapter and she served for six years.
Susie was the daughter of Colonel Byron Leander Carr, 10th Colorado Attorney General, and Mary Lord Pease Carr, who were members of the Chicago-Colorado Colony that settled Longmont in 1871. They were Longmont’s first school teachers. Mrs. Carr was the first woman to serve on the Longmont School Board and as its president.
Susie and her parents were civic leaders and remained active in the community throughout their lives. The pioneer family name has been memorialized at several locations throughout Longmont including Carr Park.
Mrs. Reba Day was the Vice Regent and Susie’s daughter, Lois McGwire Graves, was the Longs Peak Chapter Registrar. There were 13 organizing members and 9 charter members.
Susie Carr McGwire, Organizing Regent
Rebecca Day, Vice Regent
Janet Clark Gibson, Recording Secretary
Florence Mumford Schey, Corresponding Secretary
Louise Warner Harris, Treasurer
Lois McGwire Graves, Registrar
Dagmar Stidger Reynolds, Historian
Emily Boynton (became Mrs. Ziegler)
Louis Clark Mary Turrell Davis
Annie S. Mills
Ruth Carr White
Mary A. Baxter
Carlotta Day (became Mrs. Clarence W. Cheeseman)
Marguerite M. Martin (became Mrs. George Ward)
Lillian Nowels McGimsey (became Mrs. Thomas Brownson)
Flora K. Nelson
Verna M. Smith
Frances Humphrey Schaap
Mary Estella White
Longs Peak Chapter Officers 2018-2020
Our board members, led by the chapter Regent, work in concert with chapter membership and committees, and with support from other Colorado chapters, the Colorado State Society NSDAR, and the NSDAR. These women serve an elected position for a two-year term.
Our committees are the base of our chapter’s involvement in our community; giving our members opportunities to serve DAR objectives that are most valuable to each person. Some of the committees we are excited to serve include:
Chapter Achievement Awards
Children of the American Revolution
Community Service Awards
DAR Genealogy Preservation
DAR Good Citizens
DAR Museum Outreach
DAR Project Patriot
DAR Service for Veterans
Junior American Citizens
Patriot Records Project
President General’s Project
Public Relations and Media
Service to America
Special Projects Grants
State Founders Medal Awards
State Regent’s Project
The Flag of the United States of America
Volunteer Information Specialists