Our Service Projects

For more than a century, the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter, NSDAR, has made a difference in the Fort Wayne community by doing work to celebrate historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Historic Preservation

Our members participate in many projects to help preserve our American heritage, including:

  • Placing markers and monuments to commemorate historical events in Fort Wayne
  • Annually recognizing an outstanding Allen County teacher of American History
  • Preserving genealogical records, artifacts, and historical documents in cooperation with The History Center, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library
genealogy day


Our members do their part to educate American youth:

  • Supporting DAR schools through chapter and personal donations of money and goods
  • Promoting citizenship by providing the annual DAR Good Citizen recognition program for nominated Allen County high school students
  • Encouraging local students and educators by offering standards-based educational resources and supply donations
  • Mentoring young people to become civic leaders through involvement with the local Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) chapter
  • Promoting the availability of DAR Scholarships for students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study


Our members demonstrate their love of country through patriotic service, including:

  • Providing hours of volunteer time to veterans at our local Veterans Administration Medical Center, the USO Center of Fort Wayne, and local Honor Flights
  • Offering support to female service personnel in current service through care packages and other needed items
  • Participating in Fort Wayne’s annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day commemorations
  • Attending local naturalization ceremonies to welcome new American citizens with the gift of a Flag Code booklet
  • Honoring deceased veterans by participating in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremonies