Connecticut’s Third Chapter about us
  Schools & Education The Ruth Wyllys Chapter supports the students of Hartford Public Schools by honoring eligible students each year with Good Citizens Awards & Scholarships and American History Essay Awards.   DAR Good Citizens Awards   The DAR Good Citizens Award, started in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship among high school students. This award recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. Students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. The Ruth Wyllys Chapter also provides a small scholarship to each winning student to help defray college costs. 
Ruth Wyllys home about history gallery membership meetings links Historic Preservation
Since 1892, the Ruth Wyllys Chapter has joined with other DAR chapters nationwide in support of the restoration and maintenance of some of our nation’s most important historic buildings, landmarks and memorials. Some of these include:
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The Ruth Wyllys Chapter works with Hartford-area schools to inform students about the many scholarships available through the National Society of the DAR.  Generous scholarships are available to outstanding students in the areas of:  American History, History, Political Science, Preservation, Medicine, Nursing, and Occupational and Physical Therapy. College scholarships are also offered to qualifying students graduating from DAR schools, disabled students, and to children of DAR members. The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin.   Applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States.  Chapter sponsorship through the Ruth Wyllys chapter is not required; however, we will work with the applicant to put information together to send to the DAR Scholarship Committee.
DAR Library (Lay Light Restorations) Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor, CT Independence Hall, Philadelphia Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, NY World War II Memorial, DC U.S. Capitol Building, DC Trail Monuments to commemorate            sacrifices of pioneer women who            blazed trails to the West Re-forestation projects with U.S. Forestry Service during the 1940s. Maintenance of historic sites and patriot gravesites nationwide, including Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground.
The DAR sponsors special programs and public service announcements during the week of September 17-23 to celebrate Constitution Week.  The goal is to inform and educate the public about the U.S. Constitution, a document that is fundamental to our society. On a local level, the Ruth Wyllys Chapter visits Hartford-area schools and libraries to provide information and educational materials about our nation’s Constitution and to promote the celebration of Constitution Week.  
Patriotism & Public Outreach  Ruth Wyllys Chapter members have actively participated in the following  patriotic projects in the Hartford area:
Naturalization Ceremonies:   Ruth Wyllys Chapter members participate in naturalization ceremonies held at the Hartford Public Library (and elsewhere), providing flags, leaflets, manuals, and moral support. American Flag Distribution:    We provide American flags, as needed, to schools, government bodies, military establishments, and civic organizations throughout Hartford County.   (A booklet, "Flag Code of the United States of America," is published by DAR and distributed free to schools and organizations.)   Constitution Week:   Our chapter’s goal during Constitution Week is to:
Emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution. Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life. Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
Service to Veterans The Ruth Wyllys Chapter actively serves our Veterans with care packages during the holidays. We participate in Hartford’s annual Veterans Day Parade by marching, riding the Connecticut DAR (CTDAR) float and handing out flags to the crowd. We honor fallen veterans by participating in the “Wreaths Across America” program each December. Nationally, DAR members volunteer their time to provide assistance to veterans in both VA hospitals and non-VA facilities and provide more than 55,000 hours of volunteer time to veterans annually.
American History Essay Awards The Ruth Wyllys Chapter also grants an American History Essay Award each year to one deserving middle-school student from a Hartford-area school.   Essays are written by the students on a topic in American History.  Teachers and family members also join us for this very special springtime event.
Over the years, members of the Ruth Wyllys chapter have contributed their time and money toward the preservation of several local Revolutionary-Era and historic landmarks, including Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground and the Ellsworth Homestead, home to American lawyer and politician Oliver Ellsworth who helped draft the US Constitution and served as the third Chief Justice of the United States as well as Senator from Connecticut.
For younger students, we offer the DAR Good Citizenship Medal presented to children in grades 5-11 who exemplify the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.
Historic Preservation
                          photo credits:    Bonnie Grover Graphic Design and Christine Petit Photography
Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor, CT
Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground (home to the Wyllys family plot)