Who We Are
We are all women:
- college students
- and soldiers
…who make a difference in our community
The Organization of our Chapter
The Mount Rosa Chapter, NSDAR, was organized January 31, 1975, in Littleton, Colorado, by Organizing Regent Maridel E. Young. The chapter has grown to more than 200 members representing about 300 patriot ancestors of the Revolutionary War. For over a century, members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and patriotism. These goals are as relevant in today’s society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890.
Mount Rosa was an early Spanish and Indian name for the present Mount Evans, the dominant peak of the south Denver skyline. The name was probably derived from the rose reflection, which frequently appears on the peaks of the Front Range just before sunrise. Author John L.J. Hart of Denver in his book Fourteen Thousand Feet: A History of the Naming and Early Ascents of High Colorado Peaks, pages 12-15, states, “the Indians named Mount Rosa and it was so called until 1858, when Bierstadt, traveling with General Lander towards Wyoming, painted the peak and renamed it ‘Rosalie’ after his wife. His painting was exhibited in 1861 as ‘Morning in the Mountains.’”1
However, the name would change. According to the USDA Forest Service, “For centuries people have looked up at Mount Evans, the most prominent mountain overlooking what is now Denver.” In 1863, the mountain changed from something to admire from afar to something to experience up close and personal. Famous landscape painter Albert Bierstadt became the first known person to summit the mountain. He initially named the mountain after his wife-to-be Rosalie. In 1895, the mountain was officially named “Mount Evans,” after John Evans, the second territorial governor of Colorado.
For more information on the Mount Rosa Chapter, NSDAR, please contact us using our Contact Us page.
1 Hart, John Lathrop Jerome. Fourteen Thousand Feet; A History of the Naming and Early Ascents of the High Colorado Peaks. Denver, Colorado: Colorado Mountain Club, 1977.