National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Piankeshaw Chapter
Organized October 15, 1898
New Albany, Indiana










Victorian Tea

Select the buttons above to view photos of the open house and Victorian Teas held annually

Tour New Albany's Oldest Home - Parlor Music - Homemade Goods - Gift Shop

Our Victorian Tea & Open House occurs the first  Sunday of December  annually. This has become a tradition with the chapter.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

DAR members volunteer more than 55,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts almost 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background - who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.

Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington's largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.


Piankeshaw Chapter NSDAR was organized on October 15, 1898, under the temporary name of New Albany Chapter. The organizing regent was Mary E. Cardwill and the other charter members were: Anna Fitch Bragdon, Clara Kimball Bragdon, Anna E. Cardwill, Emma C. Dewhurst, Anna E. Kintner Evans, Helen Marr Bull Fawcett, Clara Funk, Alice L. Greene, Anna Hedden Greene, Martha T. Heth Gwin, Frances M. Hedden, Theodosia E. Hedden, Susan Eleanor Hooper, Margaret Mitchell Johnson (Siebolt), Frances Rice Maginess, Mary Annabelle Smith (Hartley), Estelle Kinder Sowle, Carrie B. Webster. Later a committee chose the name of Piankeshaw Chapter after an Algonquin Indian tribe, who had previously lived in the New Albany area and who had given material aid through their "open door" treaty with George Rogers Clark. The meaning of Piankeshaw is "vermillion" - the most durable and brilliant of all colors. The chapter flower is the columbine.

In 1916, it was suggested that Piankeshaw Chapter buy the Scribner home from Miss Hattie Scribner to use as a chapter house. This property, the first frame house in New Albany, was built by Joel Scribner, one of the three brothers who founded the city. The chapter purchased the property in 1917 at a price of $1,500. On Flag Day 1928, the mortgage was burned. The Piankeshaw Chapter is devoted to the preservation of this important part of our local history. This is accomplished with members' dedication, a memorial endowment fund established in 1974, and an annual fund drive with contributions from local supporters who are interested in the maintenance and safe keeping of this historic property.


(1) To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by the acquisition and protection of historical spots, and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research in relationship to the Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics, and of the individual services of Revolutionary Soldiers and Patriots, and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries.

(2) To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge," thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to the young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens.

(3) To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country and to aid in securing for mankind all blessings of liberty.

Scribner House

Open house on dates shown on
Meetings & Events page.


Please be aware that we have moved our October meeting (due to Restoration work) to The Carnegie Center and we have CHANGED the time to 1:00 p.m. due to the fact that we had to move it to the Carnegie and they are not open at night.  We did not change the date.  It will be October 16 as the yearbook states.  Our program is going to be honoring our Vietnam Era veterans and we have invited several and some of them will talk about their respective service.  You may invite any quests as usual and especially any veterans you know.  Just let Kate know if any veterans are coming as she has a little gift prepared for all veterans.

Also, we are preparing a Southern Indiana basket to raffle off.  It currently has three different jams from Hubers, a beautiful handmade wooden trivet from Bob Dreher and 2 wine glasses from Simmons Winery.  We need some more items made in Southern Indiana to include in the basket.  I already have the basket.

We have several new prospective members to vote on so please come on October 16 at 1:00 p.m. to the Carnegie Center and join us for our October meeting.

Any questions, give me a call.

In DAR Fellowship,
Piankeshaw Chapter

Officers elected for 2014-2015

From left to right:
Kathy Kessinger, out-going Chaplain; Kate Holwerk, Vice Regent & Historian; Dorothy Scott, Regent; Sharon Steltz, Corresponding Secretary; Susie Frazier, Treasurer; Jane Milton, Chaplain

The drawing above is of the Scribner House, built in 1814.

It is the oldest frame house in New Albany, Indiana, owned and maintained by the Piankeshaw Chapter.

Scribner House is located on the corner of State and Main streets. See map for directions.

The house is open for tours by appointment.

For information call
(812) 949-1776 and leave a message. You will receive a response in a timely manner.

Thanks to the Horseshoe Foundation, Scribner House restoration can now begin!
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Piankeshaw Chapter NSDARPO Box 881 New Albany, IN 47151(812) 283-7892 or (812) 949-1776