Lady Stirling DAR to dedicate Battle of Seattle Monument

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dedication of the restored Battle of Seattle monument Aug 15

Lady Stirling Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, invites members of the public to attend the 101st Anniversary of the Dedication of the Battle of Seattle Monument, City Hall Park, 450 3rd Avenue, Seattle on August 15, 2017 at 10:30am.

The restored plaque

The gathering and ceremony will rededicate the restored monument and bronze plaques commemorating the 1856 Battle of Seattle.

The Battle of Seattle monument and plaque was donated to the City of Seattle and erected by Lady Stirling Chapter DAR on August 15, 1916 in remembrance of the brief but pivotal battle fought between pioneer settlers and Washington State's native people.

The Lady Stirling Chapter, with the help of Sons of the American Revolution member, Marion (Mick) Hersey, cleaned and restored the stone base and two bronze plaques mounted on the Battle of Seattle monument.

Before restoration

The restoration and rededication ceremony, on the 101st year of the monument's initial presentation to the City, is intended to preserve this monument, renew public awareness of the early history of Seattle, and bring historic meaning to City Hall Park.

101 years ago the erecting of the Battle of Seattle plaque and monument represented a battle fought and won by the white settlers.

Today, it also represents a turning point for Washington State's native people and the loss of their lives fighting for fair treatment and preservation of a way of life.

The words were recarved and painted

It was a pivotal battle for both pioneer settlers and the native people. The Battle of Seattle plaque stands as a memorial to that struggle as it is erected on the very location of the battle fought January 26, 1856.

The ceremony will take place at the site of the Battle of Seattle monument in City Hall Park, 450 3rd Avenue, Seattle. It will be begin at 10:30am and conclude by noon.

We welcome and encourage interested members of the public to attend this free event. Among others, representatives from the City of Seattle, the Duwamish Tribe, noted historian Lorraine McConaghy, NSDAR Washington State Regent Julie Painter Pittmann, and members of the Lady Stirling Chapter NSDAR will be attending the ceremony.

Lady Stirling Chapter is about 20 members strong and rich in history. The Chapter's membership covers the northwest end of Lake Washington and is committed to serving our community, in keeping with the principles of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Members represent women who are business owners, professionals, students, and dedicated mothers and grandmothers.

On October 11, 1890, four women founded the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR); an Act of Congress incorporated the NSDAR in 1896, formalizing the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR or NSDAR) as a nationally recognized organization. The NSDAR is a service organization with a mission of promoting patriotism, education, and historic preservation.

In support of the DAR mission, Lady Stirling Chapter is committed to fostering lifelong friendships, providing opportunities in leadership, honoring our past, and building the future. We believe these values, handed down to us from our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors who built this country, continue to be relevant today.

--Text and photos, Lady Stirling DAR



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