Advancing the Legacy Since 1900
1898, appointed Emily A. Patton to organize the Cheyenne Chapter. The chapter was organized on September 12, 1900, with 24 charter members. The chapter name was chosen to honor the Native American tribe of the plains.
Cheyenne currently has 87 members, with thirteen members who live out of state, and several who drive over an hour to attend meetings. The chapter supports numerous national committees and is proud to have presented historic preservation awards, scholarships, and certificates to members of the Cheyenne community. The chapter also supports the Cheyenne VA Medical Center, U.S. active duty military, and local veterans.
The Cheyenne Chapter membership proudly includes the Wyoming State Regent, one Honorary State Regent, the Wyoming State organizing secretary, two northwest divisional vice chairs, and seven Daughters who serve as state committee chairs.
As the capital of Wyoming, Cheyenne is named after the Cheyenne Native American Indians who inhabited present-day southeastern Wyoming before settlers came to the area. In 1867 the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were laid through the current day site, which was close to major routes leading to military camps throughout the region. The city is situated in the midst of rich, nutritious grasslands, which brought numerous cattle barons and their cowboys to the area. Today, state government, wholesale and retail trade, and tourism support Cheyenne’s economic base. Cheyenne still serves as a major crossroad in the West for the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Railroads, as well as interstate routes 80 and 25. Since 1897, Cheyenne Frontier Days has been held during the last full week in July, which includes the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles. A Native American village, an old frontier town, a saloon, dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts, and an art show carry through the frontier theme.