DAR Awards $10,000 Education Grant To The Chattanooga History Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced today that the organization will be donating $10,000 to the Chattanooga History Center to be applied to its Cherokee gallery, The Struggle for Sovereignty:  The Cherokee v. the United States, 1783-1838. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of Chickamauga Chapter 3012 TN, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Chattanooga.

Following an introductory film, The Struggle for Sovereignty:  The Cherokee v. the United States is the first gallery in a multimedia interpretive installation project that will communicate the complex and compelling story of how generations of people have made and remade the City of Chattanooga.  This gallery presents the bitterly contested relationship between the Cherokee people and the United States between 1782 and 1838.  Visitors will be challenged to consider multiple perspectives which frame the issues, pressures, and decisions the Cherokee faced in negotiating with rapidly advancing settlers and a resolute American government.

Jo Coke, President of the Chattanooga History Center Board of Directors, said, " We are so thrilled that the local chapter of DAR honored us by submitting our unique History Center for a national grant award.  Our missions coincide very well, and we look forward to hosting many DAR visitors in the coming years."

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.

The DAR receives hundreds of grants applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, and include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. 

For more information, please contact Leila Parham at 423-821-6607.

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