Fort Caspar Chapter
Keeping Traditions Since 1914
The Fort Caspar Chapter, NSDAR, was organized and approved by the National Society on September 25, 1914, with the first meeting being held on May 28, 1914. The chapter was originally named “Fort Casper” in honor of Lieutenant Caspar Collins, who lost his life trying to rescue a wagon train coming into the local fort. The spelling of the name, Caspar with an “a” rather than an “e”. In 1936, the city of Casper rejuvenated the fort and named it Fort Caspar. The Chapter corrected the spelling, which was approved by member vote, and permission from the National Society to spell the chapter’s name Fort Caspar. The current membership is over 100 and growing, this includes three descendants of the founding member and HSR (Honorary State Regent), Mrs. B.B. Brooks.
Members participate in areas of personal interest, which also promote the DAR objectives and include: Service to Veterans, Genealogy, Literacy, Community Service, Conservation, National Defense, Historic Preservation and many more. Our Chapter has earned four National awards: 2018 Third place for Historic Preservation, 2019 Third place for American Heritage / Fiber Arts and in 2020 Second place for American Heritage / Fiber Arts, as well as a Historic Preservation Recognition Award to member Susan Littlefield Haines.
Chapter Daughters serve on the chapter, state and national levels and include: Northwest Division Historic Preservation Vice Chair, Wyoming State Recording Secretary, ten State committee chairs, and State Appointed Officers Genealogist and Auditor.
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According to the 2010 Census, Casper is the second largest city in Wyoming and is nicknamed “The Oil City.” It has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field in the early 1900s. Casper is the childhood home of both Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush, and his wife, Lynne Cheney.
In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine’s list of “the best small cities to raise a family.”
Casper is located in east-central Wyoming along the original Oregon Trail and the North Platte River.
The Fort Caspar Chapter, DAR, originally dedicated this monument on July 5, 1920 marking the Oregon Trail by the state of Wyoming. Pictured Lt. to Rt: Mrs. Thomas Cooper, past Ft. Caspar Chapter Regent, Mrs. B. B. Brooks, Wyoming State Regent, unidentified man, and Grace Raymond Hebard. Lieutenant Caspar W. Collins was killed by Sioux Indianas near this spot on July 26, 1866.
The Fort Caspar Chapter, NSDAR, had a centennial rededication for a monument to mark the Oregon Trail and to honor the memory of Caspar Collins. On July 5, 1920, Mrs. B. B. Brooks, State Regent, originally placed the monument and dedicated it. Her great granddaughter, Chapter Regent, Shelly Trumbull (standing to the left of the monument) and her great great granddaughter, Kristen Trumbull Moldaschel (standing to the right of the monument) were present at the rededication. Also present were members of the Ft. Caspar Chapter and the state of Wyoming. The marker was moved to its current location at Memorial Park in Mills, Wyoming sometime in the 1980’s. The granite marker is about 4 feet high. Pictured Lt. to Rt.: Robin Broumley, Shelly Trumbull, Barb Bentzin, Rosa Goolsby, Brenda Evans, Valerie Redmond, Kristen Moldaschel, Susan Haines, Shirley Mundorf.
AMERICAN HERITAGE • FIBER ARTs• SECOND PLACE NATIONAL AWARD WOMEN’S FIRST RIGHT TO VOTE: WYOMING 1869
The Fort Caspar Quilter’s placed 2nd in the American Heritage/Fiber Arts Contest sponsored by the National Society DAR. Pictured Lt. to Rt.: Elizabeth Marshall, Susan Russell, Mary Spackman. Not pictured: Barb Bentzin, Barb Koning.
AMERICANISM • NATUALIZATION CEREMONY
Fort Caspar Chapter members welcome new United States citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
KELLY WALSH HIGH SCHOOL • RING OF HONOR
Kristen Trumbull delivers a “Wreath Across America” to Kelly Walsh HIgh School. Their “Ring of Honor” honors Alumni who were killed in action.
The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution partners with “Wreaths Across America”. Click here to learn more about the program which honors veterans. Click here to learn more about DAR’s partnership.