New York state DAR Regent promotes Lafayette Trail

Patrice Powley Birner, New York State Regent of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently attended the Mohawk Valley Five-Chapter Flag Day celebration, according to a news release.

Birney shared information about her three-year state regent’s project for 2019-2022 which focuses on historic preservation, education, and patriotism through commemoration of the 1824-1825 Farewell Tour of Gen. Lafayette.

Historic trail markers are being installed along the trail and special events are being held to promote educational outreach as markers are dedicated.

Markers that were dedicated in New York state in May of 2021 include one at the USAG Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and one on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park.

The Trail follows in Lafayette’s footsteps as he made his farewell tour of the United States after a 41-year absence. The program in New York state is in partnership with Lafayette Trail, Inc., the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, Harbor Defense Museum, and the US Army. More information about the project is available at

Caughnawaga Chapter of the NSDAR served as host for the event. Chapter Regent, Patricia McClumpa, chaired the meeting and lead a memorial tribute to deceased member, Jean Cole.

The Mohawk Valley Five Chapter meeting is an annual event open to all members and prospective members of the Caughnawaga (Fonda), Johnstown, Amsterdam, Fort Plain and Fort Renesselaer (Canajoharie) chapters of the NSDAR.

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and several foreign countries.

DAR members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but all share a common bond of having an ancestor who helped contribute to securing the independence of the United States of America. 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 to join.

DAR members promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service and more. For additional information about DAR and its relevant mission, visit

For more information regarding the Johnstown Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, contact Jo-Ann Clear, Regent at [email protected] or (518) 921-4983.

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