Chapter History

Katharine Pratt Horton Buffalo Chapter, originally named the Buffalo Chapter, was organized March 12, 1892, and was one of the first DAR chapters in the state outside of New York City. Seventeen members attended the first general meeting on July 4, 1892, at the home of Miss Grace Bird. Mrs. Mary Norton Thompson was the founder and first regent.

Katharine Pratt Horton became the second regent of the chapter serving for 30 years from 1901 until her death in 1931. Upon her death, Katharine bequeathed her lovely home to the chapter with the stipulation that the chapter change its name from the Buffalo Chapter to Katharine Pratt Horton Buffalo Chapter.

From its beginnings, the chapter has initiated and promoted projects that support the NSDAR objectives of historic preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotism. One of the first projects of the Buffalo Chapter was to have American flags placed in all Buffalo schools. The members began a letter-writing campaign which resulted in the placement of the flags in every city school. By 1910, New York State passed a law for all schools in the state to display the American flag. The Good Citizen Medal, given to elementary students exhibiting good citizenship, was created by our chapter and is now a noted program for the National Defense Committee of NSDAR. These are just two of the many programs that the chapter initiated since its founding 120 years ago.

Katharine Pratt Horton Buffalo Charter Members

Mrs. Mary N. Thompson
Mrs. Cornelius Cox Wyckoff (Alice)
Mrs. T. G. Avery (Delia Austin)
Mrs. John S. Noyes (Minerva Abbott)
Mrs. William A. Rogers (Eleanor Root Stillman Rogers)
Miss Julia Sherman
Mrs. R. W. Chisholm (Sarah Bowman)
Mrs. G. F. Lee (Florence)
Mrs. Ogden P. Letchworth (Laura)
Mrs. Charles Spencer (Maria Howell)
Mrs. Cyrus K. Remington (Helen Matteson)
Miss Grace Bird

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