Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Shelton celebrates day of service

SHELTON — Members of the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently participated in the National DAR Day of Service.

On a cool, crisp morning on Oct. 9, members arrived at the oldest cemetery in Shelton to find and photograph 113 tombstones to add to the Find A Grave website.

Long Hill Burial Ground, located at 275 Long Hill Ave., is the oldest cemetery in Shelton with the site’s earliest stone dating to 1720. Many of the tombstones were broken or covered by grass, but the chapter members located and photographed 54 to add to the Find-A-Grave website. This effort will enable genealogists and the public from all over the world find their ancestors online.

The National DAR Day of Service is in honor of the DAR's 131st anniversary. DAR was founded on Oct. 11, 1890, on the ideals of service and members have been dedicated to giving back to their communities through volunteer initiatives ever since.

Chapter members attending were Jeaneen Buchanan, who organized the DAR Day of Service, Regent Patricia King, Cheryl Basztura, Claudia Farkas, Connie Glenn, Juliana Lavitola, Linda Papp, Mary Rozsa, Shannon Sherwood, Linda Tidrick. Also helping were Rudy Basztura, Joe Hoefflinger and Marty Coughlin, past president of Long Hill Burial Ground Association.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.

Any woman, 18, or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible. For more information, visit sarahriggshumphreysdar.org.