Chapter Officers
   Paula Celick
   Vice Regent:
   Cheryl Carl
   Recording Secretary:
   Ramona Schmiedel
   Corresponding Secretary:  
   Ramona Schmiedel
   Louise Pipher
   Patricia Warren
   Kelly Barrington
   Rebecca Lyter
   Rebecca Lyter



The Emigrant Trail Chapter was organized on December 8, 1951. Upon extensive research by the organizing regent, Mrs. Walter Flood, the chapter's name, Emigrant Trail, was chosen when it was found that such a trail actually existed during the Colonial times. Even though it was little more than an Indian trail, it led to the West.

Auburn grew as a direct result of the 1849 Gold Rush. It was also a stop-over for many emigrants from the east on their way to California’s other gold fields and to Sacramento, where it was told that the streets were paved in gold!

Emigrant Trail Chapter is an intimate group of patriotic ladies. Our membership is small enough that we meet in members' homes for most of our meetings and we get to know each other well. We enjoy our friendships while working together to bring DAR values, as described below in the Objects of the Society, to our community:

  • “To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by the acquisition and the protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its results, by the preservation of documents and relics and of the records of the individual service of the Revolutionary soldiers and patriots, and by promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries.
  • To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people: to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American Citizens.
  • To cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism, and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.”

We celebrate our patriotism with veterans in care homes; with the community in our local annual 4th of July parade; with a patriotic and historical window display in the oldest operating drug store in northern California, Auburn Drug, in recognition of Constitution Week; and with a lovely tea each year to honor graduating “Good Citizens” in five local high schools.

We are a fun group of ladies who enjoy our friendships while working to inform our community and our members of our great American heritage. We are from the Sierra foothills area as well as from other states. Local residency is not a requirement for membership in any chapter.

The Emigrant Trail Chapter meets generally on the 2nd Saturday, September through June, excluding May. If you would like to attend one of our meetings, please contact us through our Registrar. Come join us!

Auburn is located about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento on the Interstate 80 Highway – on the historic Lincoln Highway which goes coast to coast all the way to the eastern states.

We welcome any woman for membership who is over 18 years of age and who is descended from a man or woman who aided in achieving American Independence during the period between April 19, 1775, and November 26, 1783. Information on membership in the DAR can be found here.

Emigrant Trail July 4th Parade Entry

Veterans Sing-Along, November 2007

Constitution Week - Auburn Drug Co.

Emigrant Trail Plaque

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