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of literary and patriotic work, and is growing in numbers as well as in the interest of members. Its record for war work is excellent.
The Donegal Chapter coöperated largely with the Iris Club, of Lancaster, in war work and did much aggressive work also as a Chapter. The Regency has been changed during the year-Mrs. J. H. Wickersham is now Regent. Literary and other entertainments have followed each other constantly.
There have been ten meetings with an average attendance of thirty-one; there are seventy members, fifty of them residing in Lancaster.
The Philadelphia Chapter began the year 1898 with a reception to the President General, Mrs. Adlai Stevenson, held at the Acorn Club, which was followed in the spring by one at the residence of Mrs. James M. Rhodes, given by Mrs. Rhodes to the new President General, Mrs. Manning, and the State Regent, Mrs. Roberts.
This Chapter has enjoyed the fruits of the restoration of the Banqueting Room of Independence Hall (for which at its own expense $6,500 was raised in 1897) by having the privilege of holding its business meetings in this Hall, during the past winter. The city authorities have during the past year restored the whole building as accurately as possible to its condition at the date of Independence, acknowledging that they receiyed their inspiration from the efforts of the Philadelphia Chapter
A member of this Chapter again this year decorated the grave of Kosciusko, the Polish patriot, who gave his services to our country during the Revolution, and received the thanks of the Directors of the Polish Museum, who recognized that this patriotic act bound Poland closer to America.
The Chapter has just rented capacious rooms at No. 1102 Walnut street, as headquarters for the members and for festive occasions.
The Chapter has made various contributions during the year and outside of the large war relief fund, raised $100 for a tablet at Lock Haven, in honor of Colonel Hugh White, and gave $100 to the Continental Hall fund.
The Liberty Bell Chapter, like most of the others, gave the
bulk of its energies to the war work, but the Liberty Bell Tablet fund was not forgotten. The meetings have been well attended and there is sustained interest in whatever is undertaken. The Chapter library has a beginning, and it is hoped that it may grow to be the historical library of Lehigh County. The war work of this Chapter speaks well for the patriotism of the members.
Great interest has been manifested in the meetings of the Berks County Chapter, at which several historical papers have been read.
In 1897 the Chapter offered to the young ladies of the Reading High School a prize of $10 in gold for the best essay upon some historical subject connected with the Revolution, to be chosen by the Regent. The reading of the essays and the exercises excited such general interest that the Chapter has made a similar prize a standing annual offer, under which arrangement the contest was repeated in 1898 with increased interest.
The Chapter made contribution to the fund for the restoration of Mt. Vernon, and during the war with Spain contributed money and furnished supplies. There are twenty-eight members.
The Sunbury Chapter is interested in the purchase of Fort Augusta by the State. A prize of $10 was given for the best essay on historical subjects, written by the graduating class of the High School.
The Shikelimo Chapter numbers fifty-two members. Interesting papers on ancestry and Pennsylvania history, as well as other subjects, prizes to students in High School for best essays on local history, and money contributed to Memorial Hall and the Mt. Vernon Association, are reported in full. The residue of money from the war work was divided equally between the Sunbury and Williamsport Hospitals.
The Colonel Crawford Chapter reports thirteen meetings during the year, the Chapter Day celebration, and a decided increase already in numbers, notwithstanding the fact that the new Chapter in Titusville is the offspring of this Chapter. The Chapter membership is twenty-eight, and nine awaiting admission.
The Chester County Chapter, with sixty-four members,
came nobly to the front in war work. It has contributed to the Mt. Vernon, and Continental Hall funds; also to the Washington and Lafayette Monuments. Its meetings are well attended and enthusiastic.
The Colonel William Montgomery Chapter holds monthly meetings, and, like all the rest, came out strongly in the war work. It has lost three members by transfer.
The Harrisburg Chapter, as an important center for work in behalf of soldiers, came out conspicuously in its excellent wayside relief work.
The membership is increasing. Prizes were offered for essays by High School girls on patriotic subjects. This Chapter has the honor of holding among its members the Chairman of the Committee. which prepared the State Badge for the Pennsylvania Daughters of the American Revolution. It was enthusiastically accepted and generally worn at the Congress by all Pennsylvania Daughters who were present.
The Yorktown Chapter is now under the Regency of Mrs. Henry J. Ebert. It was active through the summer, and reports fine plans for the present year.
The Delaware County Chapter has increased from thirtyfive to fifty-seven members, with many application papers awaiting examination.
Bi-monthly meetings are held, at which papers of a literary and historic character are read, and tea is served. The war work stands high on the list. The Regent reports everything in a prosperous condition, the members in perfect harmony, and the Chapter ready to do whatever loyalty requires in the way of work.
The Valley Forge Chapter sends forth a report of no uncertain sound. It holds monthly meetings at the houses of the members, and shows evidence of progress and patriotic zeal.
The Chapter has given money to the suffering Cubans, to the Continental Hall and Mt. Vernon funds, and for the purchase of the Meadow Garden Farm. It offers an annual prize to the High School students for the best historical essay.
The Colonel Hugh White Chapter numbers twenty-six. Two have been removed by death, and three transferred.
The Merion Chapter has printed and circulated such an interesting annual report, that it seems like repetition to give any details. They are much interested in identifying the burying places of revolutionary soldiers in the old graveyards in Lower Merion. Seventy-five of these have been discovered in the vicinity. The study of local history is another special feature.
From this Chapter came the first American flag raised over Porto Rico. It was sent to General Miles by a member of the Chapter, and afterwards returned by him to be kept as a souvenir. It was exhibited on the platform at the Eighth Continental Congress, and is to be used at the unveiling of the Lafayette Monument, at the Paris Exposition.
The George Taylor Chapter has a new Regent, Mrs. William G. Stewart. The members are deeply engrossed in securing the home which belonged to George Taylor, a patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. An appeal has been made to all the Pennsylvania Chapters to aid in purchasing this home. The Chapter did valuable work during the year.
The Cumberland County Chapter reports historical addresses and papers, showing of relics, etc., as the feature of meetings.
Carlisle liaving been one of the old forts of the State, has an abundance of local history. The war work was a special feature during the summer.
The Venango Chapter, in August, 1898, was called to mourn the loss of its beloved Regent, Mrs. McCalmont. Her successor, Mrs. James D. Hancock, was present at the State Conference and Continental Congress.
The Bellefonte Chapter has also changed its chief officer. Mrs. Mitchell is now the Regent. There are thirty members. Two prizes a year are offered for the best essays on American History. They have placed a marker at their old Fort, which cost about $100. Much war work has been done here.
The Phoebe Bayard Chapter-Mrs. James Armstrong, Regent—reports a large amount of war relief work, and is still dispensing comfort to the Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment, at Manila.
This Chapter calls the attention of the others of the State to the idea of a combined fund for the benefit of needy descendants of revolutionary soldiers.
The Susquehanna Chapter-Mrs. James Kerr, Regenthas elected new officers, and promises much activity. Their work of the past summer reads well.
The George Clymer Chapter has worked steadily, and the influence of its work has been felt throughout the community.
The Lebanon Chapter is increasing in numbers. It has lost one member by death during the year. It shows much activity and interest.
The Dial Rock Chapter is on record for valuable war work.
The Lycoming Chapter has held twelve meetings during the year. Its membership has increased from forty to fiftyeight, including one "Real Daughter."
It has furnished and assumed the care of a room in the “Home for the Friendless,” to be occupied by a worthy woman well known to the members. It is on record for war relief work, and on National Flag Day presented a flag and flag pole.
The Presque Isle Chapter entered into the war work with great zest. Forty-one members are reported, and twelve awaiting admission. This Chapter is working for the new Public Library in the way of presenting books and oil portraits.
The Conrad Weiser Chapter includes among its charter members the youngest living “Real Daughter,” Mrs. Anna Knight Gregory, fifty-five years of age.
Historic papers are read at the Chapter meetings. Money 'has been forwarded for the Meadow Garden Farm fund. It is interested in local and State history.
The Quaker City Chapter reports an increase of forty-eight. The membership is now about one hundred. Ten meetings have been held during the year.
This Chapter holds in its membership the oldest living “Real Daughter,” nearly one hundred and eight years old, Mrs. Sarah Terry. She visited the Chapter in November last and gave interesting reminiscences of her early life in this country and at the Court of Denmark in those early days. She