Chapter History

Major Pierson B Reading


The Reading Chapter, DAR, was organized March 2, 1946, by Mrs. Gertrude Bell Steger and 28 others. There were 48 charter members. Our chapter was named after Major Pierson B. Reading, who received the first land grant in 1848, then a Mexican Territory and was the first permanent settler in the area. His adobe was the first county seat of the newly created Shasta County, 1850.







We are a small but steady chapter of over 65 active members, plus several associate members, including descendants of our chapter namesake, Pierson Barton Reading. We provide programs to our members and participate in various local activities promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.

We honor our last charter member, Marcene Williams Bolton who left us in November 2014. Marcene was District I Scholarship and National Defense Representative 2002-2004. She was Constitution Chair 1992-2006. She was regent, chaplain, and registrar among other duties. She leaves a legacy, a wonderful family, and was a proud and devoted member of our chapter, CSSDAR and NSDAR. To all those who came before, your legacy lives on in our current and prospective chapter members. Thank you.