On May 14, 1977, the Oregon Trail Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), became the 39th chapter in the State or Oregon; was organized in Gresham by fourteen women, with Candace Hjorten-Nelson as the Organizing Regent. By the chapter’s 5th Anniversary, there were thirty-six members, and in 1984 the chapter welcomed twenty-one new members, pushing the total over 50 women.

In historic preservation, Oregon Trail Chapter NSDAR sponsors a Conservation Medal for those who preserve our natural history. 

In education, we sponsor elementary and middle school American history essay contests and a high school Good Citizens contest. Oregon Trail also sponsors awards for outstanding American History teachers and students. We support our Society’s six schools for disadvantaged children and Oregon’s own Chemawa Indian School. Oregon Trail Chapter NSDAR sponsors its own scholarship at Mt. Hood Community College for students pursuing degrees in education or nursing. We donate books and magazines to libraries, and our literacy challenge committee helps people of all ages learn to read.

Oregon Trail Chapter NSDAR promotes patriotism by distributing citizenship manuals to those desiring to become United States citizens. We sponsor an award for Outstanding Service to Veteran-Patients. Oregon Trail mounted a statewide U.S. Flag drive to help schools that are short of flags. We recognize ROTC and JROTC achievement and offer support and assistance to our veterans. Oregon Trail Chapter NSDAR members participate in the Massing of the Colors in Portland every Veteran’s Day.