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!

If you are interested in attending a 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 


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 helped pass out roses for Memorial Day at the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Memorial Day ceremony at the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Doc Susie members passed out roses to members of the public to place at the Colorado Freedom Memorial for Memorial Day.
Doc Susie members attended the Arvada Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion and VFW Posts.
Wearing red to the February Chapter meeting in an effort to acknowledge February as Heart   Health Awareness Month.
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.
Placing flags at the grave sites of Veterans laid to rest at the Arvada Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. Chapter members and members of the Cannonball Creek Society, National Society of the Children of the America Revolution placed over 280 flags in 2018.
Preserving local history by cleaning and sealing the stone of the Leyden Mine Memorial.
To support a community classroom and promote literacy, chapter members had fun setting up a book fair at a local elementary.
During the Arvada Days Festival, we promoted Constitution Week at our booth.
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.
Constitution Week at the Arvada Library!
Programs ranging in topics from historic preservation, education, or patriotism are 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.
Welcome New Members! Installation of new members at a September chapter meeting.
At the October chapter meetings members are encouraged to wear pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Meeting with the Presenters of a program called Pioneer Christmas.
Busy planning and working on items for the celebration luncheon of the chapter’s 10th Anniversary.
Members from the chapter, state, and national levels, members of the Sons of the American Revolution, and guests gathered at the Arvada Center in January to celebrate the chapter’s 10th Anniversary.
The chapter is a supporter of the Children of the American Revolution. Members of the state society and local society were in attendance at the February chapter meeting to receive donations to help support their C.A.R. projects.
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.
Chapter members sewed sensory mats for memory care residents.
Chapter members collected 50 pairs of flip flops and $125.00 in 12 I-Tunes cards for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Chaplain’s Closet to help those military personnel who are healing!
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.
At the November chapter meeting, veterans are honored and thanked for their service after learning about the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Honoring the Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter’s DAR Good Citizen Award winner at the 114th Colorado State Conference!
Mother nature provided a spectacular Arbor Day for planting a red oak in honor of our chapter namesake – Doctor Susan Anderson.
School supplies collected and donated in September to the Action Center in Jefferson County to give to local schools in need.
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.
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.
Gathering in DAR friendship to participate in the 127th Continental Congress opening ceremony remotely through viewing the live-stream from Washington D.C.
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.
Folding pocket flags for active duty deployed and deploying soldiers was a great service project during State Conference and during the social hour at our 11th annual chapter meeting.
A Constitution Week Proclamation was read at the September Arvada City Council Meeting. The proclamation was singed by the Mayor and all City Council Members.