HISTORY



Organized July 10, 1918

The Mary Butler Chapter was organized in Laconia, New Hampshire, during the summer of 1918.  There were twelve original members.

The name Mary Butler was chosen to honor a woman from the area who traveled with her infant son from Gilmanton to Charlestown, MA by horseback in search of news of her husband, Ebenezer Eastman, who had gone off to fight the British at Bunker Hill in 1776.  The chapter members were able to acquire the piece of land where the Eastman cabin stood.  It was marked by the chapter with a bronze plaque on a granite boulder.

The chapter has also written and published a book entitled "Old Meredith and Vicinity."


Copyright 1926 by Mary Butler Chapter DAR
Laconia, NH
All rights Reserved
Printed by Rumford Press, Concord, NH


Historic Sites
A listing with locations and photographs of historic sites in the Lakes Region
Compiled 2004 by Mary Butler Chapter NSDAR, Laconia NH
Printed by Johnson Graphics, Bristol NH




Also a collection of artifacts and records is maintained at the Gale Memorial Library in Laconia. The display of various collections at the library is rotated periodically.

The below two paintings are by an unknown artist.


Courtesy Gale Memorial Library


Oil painting of George Washington
(February 22, 1732 December 14, 1799).
About 1861, American canvas, oil paint, wood, gilt. Gift of Mary Butler Chapter NSDAR



Courtesy Gale Memorial Library


Oil painting of Martha Washington (June 2, 1731 May 22, 1802).
About 1861, American canvas, oil paint, wood, gilt. Gift of Mary Butler Chapter NSDAR




(1913 Public domain image of the library)

The Mary Butler Chapter currently has a membership of 72. The chapter meets every month with the exception of January and February.

 
 
   
 

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