Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

Lovely Purchase Chapter, NSDAR

Welcome to Bella Vista, Arkansas!

Welcome to the Lovely Purchase Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, chartered in Bella Vista, Arkansas!

Lovely Purchase Chapter was named for Major William Lovely, a veteran of the Continental Army of the Revolution. In 1813, he was dispatched from Tennessee where he was Assistant to the United States Agent to the Cherokees. In 1816, he persuaded the Osage Indians to give up over three million acres of their land to the Cherokees. The area included most of Northwest Arkansas, of which present day Bella Vista is a part. It became known as Lovely Purchase.

The Chapter’s organizing meeting was held on April 9, 1984, with fifteen members. The chapter was granted on June 26, 1985, with nineteen charter members. The Organizing Regent was Mrs. Wayne Packer.

The Lovely Purchase Chapter meets on the second Monday of the month, September through June, excluding January, at 9:30 a.m. New members are welcome.

The DAR gives members an opportunity for service in many areas. It is a way to join with others in trying to make America a better place to live. It offers the opportunity to work with youth of this country through the educational programs. The DAR encourages citizens to become active in the community, to assist in historic preservation, and to help preserve documents and records of the past. It offers an opportunity to meet people with similar interest, develop friendships and to join others who cherish the priceless heritage enjoyed by all while promoting the ideals of patriotism and love of country.

Photo above: Bella Vista is proud to be the home of the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. The Chapel was created by renowned Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones, a student of the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright who used the principle of Organic Architecture (designing to fit the environment).The chapel was built in memory of Mildred Borum Cooper. Her family commissioned the Chapel in celebration of her life.

Officers
RegentMary Wynne
Vice RegentArvetta Swift
ChaplainAlice Tidwell
Recording SecretaryJosephine Rogers
Corresponding SecretaryFrances Thomson
TreasurerCarol Miles
RegistrarJean Justice
HistorianCharlie Pierson
LibrarianNancy Spangler

The Lovely Purchase Chapter meets on the second Monday of the month, September through June, excluding January, at 9:30 a.m. New members are welcome!