Big Horn Chapter

Cody, Wyoming

Advancing the Legacy Since 2005

Located in the Big Horn Basin in northwest Wyoming, the Big Horn Chapter is the state’s youngest chapter. We celebrated our 10th anniversary on October 8, 2015. Each of the 45 members are encouraged to participate in committees of particular interest to them.

Active members come from Cody, Powell, Greybull, Basin, Meeteetse, and Cowley.  Honoring veterans and active military is one focal point of the chapter. Members visit veterans in nursing homes, taking small gifts for the holidays. They have planted several trees in area cemeteries and veterans parks. As a partner with the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration, the chapter has placed special emphasis on honoring Vietnam War era veterans. The chapter has awarded their first DAR Outstanding Cadet Medal, and hopes to continue to recognize the work of these dedicated young people. During 2016-2017, the chapter will expand their work to promote both patriotism and education in area schools, with the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Contest and American History Essay Contest.

The Big Horn Chapter membership is proud to include: the Wyoming State vice regent and two chapter Daughters who serve as state committee chairs.

About Big Horn

Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, the Bighorn Basin consists of several towns that were incorporated in the early 1900s, with populations that range from a few hundred inhabitants to around 10,000. These towns proudly showcase their unique local museums which are filled with information about early settlement and showcase life in the basin.

The Bighorn Basin is home to Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first National Park, and Shoshone National Forest, our nation’s first federally protected National Forest. The Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area also includes the Big Horn Mountains and Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West was founded in 1917 to preserve the legacy and vision of Colonel William F. Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West, and is dedicated to public education and preservation, the center aims to share its message worldwide. It includes five museums: the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, and the Draper Natural History Museum.

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, located between Cody and Powell, was one of ten internment camps used for Japanese Americans evicted from the West Coast Exclusion Zone during World War II.