More than a century ago, courageous pioneer men and women in covered wagons wound their way westward across the plains. They forded rivers, climbed mountains and endured numerous hardships before they reached the majestic wilderness of the Northwest. Others came around the Horn. Some came by boat to Panama, walked across the Isthmus, then sailed up the coast. They had heard this was the promised land, a vast country of opportunity a place where they could manifest their destiny. In time they established homes, schools and churches. Their aim was to found cities where people were friendly; where freedom and individual dignity would be established.
The first recorded minutes show that on November 27, 1911, the "Native Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Prior to 1870" was organized. Sixty women from all over the Pacific Northwest were on the charter roll. The eligibility date was chose because it covered the date of arrival for their pioneer families. It has been challenged, but held because after the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, the well marked roads did not entail the dangers encounterd by the early travelers.
The Daughters were thorough in their organization and incorporated in 1918. In 1922 the amended articles changed the name to "The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington" to allow the younger generations of women to belong. According to the constitution, when seven chapters had been organized by the Mother Chapter; Seattle No.1. there would be a reorganization to form a State Association. This was accomplished on May 11, 1936.
The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington State is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today's world. Daughters touch lives every day and make lasting impressions on their community. With numerous members, our stories are written on hearts locally and abroad.
-That a dream may live and a flame be kept