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 180,000 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.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015.  Since our founding in 1890, DAR members have worked tirelessly to promote historic preservation, patriotism and educational ideals in communities125th Anniversary Logo across this nation and in overseas chapters. To help highlight the DAR service organization mission, members are encouraged to perform and record their volunteer service efforts. It is time that we honor our heritage as we “Celebrate America!” though our combined community service efforts.  DAR members will work toward the goal of 10 million hours of community service each year for the next three years.

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