The Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter, NSDAR, was organized 12 January 2008, in Arvada, CO

Who Was Doctor Susan Anderson?

Our chapter is named in honor of Doctor Susan Anderson (1870-1960). She graduated with a medical degree from medical school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1907, she moved to Fraser, Colorado; where she thought the high mountain air could improve her health. ‘Doc Susie’, as the local folks called her, treated people in several towns along the railway. She delivered babies, cared for the sick, treated injuries of the ranchers, farmers, railway and tunnel workers, logging men, and sometimes even animals! She cared for people during the major influenza epidemic of 1918. In 1926, she became the Coroner of Grand County. As a professional, she inspired young girls to pursue lives beyond the drudgery of most women of that era.

About Our Chapter

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of NSDAR at the Leyden Mine marker, which was placed by the chapter in 2012 to honor the 11 miners who died as a result of the Leyden Coal Mine fire on 14 December, 1910.

The Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter, NSDAR, is an active group of women of all ages – from college students, career women, to homemakers and retirees. For those who have various commitments during the day, consider joining us for an evening dinner meeting full of sharing and various DAR activities. The Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter, NSDAR, meets September through May on a weekday, except for two Saturday luncheon meetings in January and May.


Please join us for a Prospective Member WorkshopOur member buddies will assist with the basic information you will need to complete an application for membership in the DAR.  Bring your laptop if you have one!

Our next workshop will be Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10 am – noon. at the Lake Arbor Police Station Community Room, 8110 Vance Drive Drive, Arvada, CO.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, or if you would like further information, please contact our Membership Chair at Membership250@DoctorSusanAnderson.org.

The National Society welcomes any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence.

Information and several helpful forms for prospective members are available at http://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member 


We celebrated the 12th Anniversary of the Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter with a luncheon and silent auction on January 11, 2020
Our members enjoyed time to visit and check out the many items donated for the silent auction.
Our State Regent gave an entertaining presentation about the history of the National and State Societies.
Just a few of the many auction items donated for our Chapter fundraiser.
Nearly 60 Chapter members and guests attended our 12th Anniversary Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Arvada Center on January 11, 2020. Thank you to all these ladies for making this event a success!
Many DAR and C.A.R. members, families, and fellow citizens came out for the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec 14th, at the Arvada Cemetery. We thank the members of the Arvada Fire Department Color Guard, Silent Service Motorcycle Club and Bugles Across America for participating again this year and making the Arvada ceremony a special event.
Bugler at Wreaths Across America at the Arvada Cemetery, December, 2019
Wreaths Across America at the Arvada Cemetery, December 2019
Color Guard at the Arvada Cemetery Wreaths Across America event, December 2019
Wreath layers at Wreaths Across America, Arvada Cemetery, December, 2019
Wreaths Across America at the Arvada Cemetery, December, 2019
Flags were placed at Arvada Cemetery to honor Veterans Day.  Thank you to the many DAR, C.A.R., and family members who joined in this special work.
We met up to clean the Leydon mine historic marker in Arvada.
Many hands make light work, and we finished the clean-up of the Leydon historic marker and bench in quick order. Thank you to all our members who lent a hand with this clean-up project.
We also cleaned the bench next to our historic marker.
Many members stayed after the October business meeting to help with the Women’s Issues Committee service project to benefit a local women’s shelter.
Careful study of the instructions and great teamwork made our October service project for the Women’s Issues Committee a success!
Our Women’s Issues Committee Chair demonstrates how to prepare the place settings that will be used for a group dinner at a local shelter later in the week.
Our Chapter was thrilled to install two new members at the October business meeting.
Our members look forward to reconnecting during the social “hour” before each business meeting begins.
Our program speaker told us about the history of The Arlington Ladies during the October business meeting.
A Constitution Week Children’s Story Time and display at our Little Free Library, September 14th, 2019.
Dressed in colonial-inspired attire, the storyteller read-aloud to children, their families, chapter members and other community residents for Constitution Week, September, 2019.
A great turnout of Doc Susie members at our September business meeting
Doc Susie members donated over 250 items in its annual school supply drive for the Jeffco Action Center, including 15 backpacks, 28 boxes of crayons, 53 spiral notebooks and 82 packages of pens, pencils and markers!
Installation of our Corresponding Secretary and Registrar at the September business meeting
The Arvada Harvest Parade, September, 2019
Members of the Doc Susie Chapter and Cannonball Creek Society, N.S.C.A.R. at the Arvada Harvest Festival Parade, Sept 7, 2019.
Marching in the Arvada Harvest Parade, September, 2019
Constitution Week Display at the Arvada Library, September, 2019
Constitution Week display at the Arvada Library, September, 2019
So proud to accept the Vietnam War Commemoration Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Chapter at Continental Congress. This award belongs to the many women in the Chapter who have worked hard to remember and honor our Vietnam veterans.
Doc Susie members attended the Arvada Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion and VFW Posts.
Doc Susie members helped pass out roses for Memorial Day at the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Memorial Day ceremony at the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Wearing red to the Feb Chapter meeting in effort to acknowledged that February is Heart Health Awareness Month.
Service project titled “Hand-Up Hand Bags.” Chapter members stuffed purses with personal items for a women in crisis shelter.
Hosting an annual silent auction to help raise funds for service projects.
Spreading holiday cheer through signing holiday cards that were delivered to residents at two local memory care facilities.
A way to say thank you. Honoring veterans with a certificate of appreciation and making a donation to the DAR Project Patriot Fund in their names.
Hosting a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Arvada Cemetery to honor and remember our Nation’s service men and women. This is a ceremonial wreath laying event only.
To support a community classroom and promote literacy, chapter members had fun setting up a book fair at a local elementary school.
Preserving local history by cleaning and sealing the stone of the Leyden Mine Memorial.
Participating in Community Service Projects: as part of DAR’s Day of Service the chapter made “snack grab and go” bags to show appreciation to local 1st responders.
Chapter field trip to the Wheat Ridge Historic Park were we listened to presentations about pioneer living and toured the historic buildings.
Hosting a Prospective Member Workshop to help prospective members with their research, application and to learn about DAR.
Gathering in DAR friendship to participate in the 127th Continental Congress opening ceremony remotely through viewing the live-stream from Washington D.C.
A program ranging in topics from historic preservation, education, or patriotism is given at each business meeting. This program provided members with a first hand account of WWI through the reading of a soldier’s letters home.
The chapter has a tradition of honoring valuable members with a tree planting ceremony. On Arbor Day 2018 Honorary Chapter Regent, Cheryl Heyen was recognized for her service as Regent during the 2015-2017 term.
A committee fair is held annually to allow members to sign up and learn about all the different service opportunities available through DAR.
Attending the annual Colorado State Society Conference is always a great time for volunteering, catching up with friends, learning about activities and services provided throughout the state, and to acknowledge accomplishments made throughout the year.
In March, Chapter members participated in a food drive and collected 113 lbs of food which was donated to the Arvada Community Food Bank for their Backpack Program known as “Feeding the Future.” This program provides food for children in need within the city of Arvada allowing them to take home food for the weekend in their backpack.
Writing Thank You cards to veterans to be mailed out in time for Veterans Day.
Members gather 4 times a year to participate in the city of Arvada’s adopt-a-street program. On this day, members participated in the National DAR Day of Service to help celebrate the founding of the National Society on October 11th.
Our chapter donated a bench to accompany the Leyden Mine marker
Placement of the Leyden Mine marker
“Doc Susie” told chapter members all about her life during a visit to her house in Frasier, Colorado
The Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter installed a Little Free Library replicating the Doctor Susan Anderson house in Fraser, Colorado.
The Doc Susie members who made the Quilt for Quilts of Valor.
Veterans Christmas Party at the VA Hospital