Davey Jackson Chapter, NSDAR

Jackson, Wyoming

Training new leaders Since 1977

T he Davey Jackson Chapter, NSDAR, located in Jackson, Wyoming, was established on December 9, 1977, by Regent Erin Muths with 13 members present. Our chapter is named after David (Davey) E. Jackson, a fur trader who came west from Missouri in the early 1800s to trap beaver in this area. The town of Jackson is also named after him.

Davey Jackson Chapter is a diverse group of women of all different ages and backgrounds. They share a common bond in that they each have one or more ancestors who provided civil, military, or patriotic service during the American Revolution.

Members serve as volunteers in many community organizations, which include veterans, schools, senior groups, hospitals, churches, Scouts, the library, genealogy classes, and U.S. naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. They work to uphold the objectives of the DAR National Society to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and secure America’s future through better education.  Davey Jackson Chapter has 61 members, 14 associate members, and many prospective members working on their applications.

Jackson, Wyoming

Gateway to the

Grand Teton National Park


Yellowstone National Park


Scholarships, History, and Schools

Thanks to the Old Bill’s Community Foundation in Jackson, the Davey Jackson Chapter, NSDAR, awards a number of scholarships each spring. The Community Foundation matches funds donated each September at the Old Bill’s Fun Run. Amounts raised and awarded to the high school seniors who will be attending college total between $5,500 to $8,300 each year. An annual prompt is provided by the chapter, and all high school seniors are invited to write an essay connecting historic facts and their personal knowledge.  The entries are judge on content, quality, and composition.  The scholarship money is coordinated with the Fund for Public Education and the student’s college.

We also recognize the following:

    • Good Citizen Award
    • Outstanding Teacher of American History
    • American History Contest High School
    • American History Contest Grades 5-8
    • Outstanding Community Service Award


Naturalization Ceremonies

The Davey Jackson Chapter partners with the Federal Courts, U.S. Immigration, and the Grand Teton National Park to welcome new U.S. citizens. The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center was the setting for a moving ceremony that welcomed 31 new citizens in August 2023.

Federal Court Judge Rankin provided a moving presentation emphasizing the process for obrtaining citizenship and the responsibilities of all citizens.  A social hour following the ceremony gave the new citizens opportunity to mingle and enjoy the moment with their families.

The chairman of the chapter’s Americanism Committee coordinated the social hour at the ceremony. Two hundred U.S. flags were provided to the attendees. The chapter thanks the many local businesses that donated food to this wonderful celebration.

ABOVE: What a joy it was to listen to the stories of the new citizens.  Their smiles say it all.

LEFT: Judge Rankin personally awarded each citizen their naturalization papers.

BELOW:  Employees of the National Park Service assisted with the ceremony and reception.

Near the end of the program, Judge Rankin called all of the children in the audience to the stage for the last official part of the ceremony.  He asked the children to lead the new citizens for the first times in the Pledge of Allegiance to their new country, the United States of America.

President Biden welcomed the new citizens.

In February 2016, the chapter was awarded the

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