Membership in the DAR

Augusta Wallihan Chapter NSDAR meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. We welcome you to attend any meeting and learn more about the DAR! For location information, please email us at [email protected].

Membership inquiries can be directed (by email) or you may wish to visit our National Society’s membership page.

The DAR welcomes all women, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who are at least 18 years of age and can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolutionary War.

Founded in 1890, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer organization whose mission is to educate, promote patriotism, and preserve American history. Annually, DAR volunteers contribute over 60,000 hours to veterans, award thousands of dollars in scholarships to students, and donate over one million dollars to underprivileged schools.

Lay Schoolhouse

The Lay Schoolhouse

The Lay School at 7 Eddy Avenue in Lay, Moffat County, Colorado, was a one room schoolhouse from 1911-1959 and a community building from 1961-1981. It was purchased by the Augusta Wallihan Chapter NSDAR in October, 2010. Additional information can be found on the NSDAR Historic Sites and Properties Database, the Lay School record in the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places Program, or this article, published by the Craig Daily Press November 2, 2010.

Chapter History

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter NSDAR is named after an early pioneer woman of the region who was one of the first to be nationally supported for her principles and ideas on responsible wildlife management. Augusta and her husband, A.G., homesteaded in Lay, Colorado, beginning in the early 1880s. He laid out the town and served as postmaster for many years. Augusta kept a roadhouse for travelers on the “government road” that ran between Rawlins and Fort Meeker. Augusta turned into a great huntress and was the driving force for A.G.’s rise to international fame as one of the first wildlife photographers. Despite traveling the world, they always came home to Lay and are buried on a hill overlooking the mountains that they loved. The Augusta Wallihan Chapter’s first project was to fence and mark the Wallihan graves and chapter members still maintain the grave site.