SCHENECTADA CHAPTER HISTORY
SCHENECTADA, a Native American Indian name meaning "BEYOND THE PINE PLAINS"
The Schenectada Chapter was organized October 15, 1911, at the home of the first regent, Mrs. Harriet Colburn, with the New York State Regent, Mrs. Joseph Wood, and the New York State vice regent, Mrs. Joseph King, present. A United States flag was presented to the chapter on this occasion in memory of Solomon Veeder.
On December 14, 1911, Charter #995 was presented to the chapter. The total number of members in attendance was 51. Mrs. Emma van Vranken Gibbes, regent 1920-1924, and 1928-1930. Mrs. Gibbes was the first member of the chapter to hold state and national office, becoming New York State Regent in 1931, and Vice President General in 1935. A plaque honoring Mrs. Gibbes can be viewed in the Valley Forge Bell Tower.
The Silver Anniversary Celebration was held at the Van Curler Hotel. A silver tea set was purchased to commemorate the event. The Golden Anniversary Celebration was held September 21, 1961. A silver candelabra was presented to commemorate the event, and the last surviving charter member, Mrs. Maude Stauring, was presented with her 50 year pin. In 2011, the chapter was honored to celebrate its centennial anniversary with Denise Doring Van Buren, New York State Regent, at the Waters Edge Banquet House.
Notable Dates in Schenectady
Located in eastern New York State near the joining of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, Schenectady NY is deep-rooted in history and culture dating back to the 1600s.
1661: First settled by the Dutch Colony
1690: The Schenectady Massacre occurred when France and their Indian allies attacked and burned the town and killing all but 60 inhabitants
1795: Union College was founded
1809: Schenectady County was formed
1887: Edison Machine Works was moved to Schenectady by Thomas Edison
1892: GE made its headquarters in Schenectady NY
1911: Schenectada DAR chapter organized and charter #995 was presented to chapter
1940: The first television broadcast was relayed to WRGB in Schenectady, NY, establishing the first television network
2011: Schenectada DAR chapter celebrates 100 year anniversary