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History of the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Chapter NSDAR

Members are sworn in at the inagural meeting of the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution on Sept. 25, 2010The swearing in ceremony at our inaugural meeting on Sept. 25, 2010

Our chapter was organized September 25, 2010. We named our chapter after one of Denver’s most instrumental and charitable pioneers, Francis Wisebart Jacobs, who helped form the city of Denver into one of the nation’s finest centers for health and quality of life. Her efforts produced what is now National Jewish Hospital for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.

Frances arrived in Denver with her husband, Abraham, in 1870, whereupon she became active in charity work, founding the Denver Ladies’ Relief Society and the Community Chest, which led to the creation of today’s United Way. By the 1880’s hundreds of consumptives were pouring into Colorado in search of a climatic cure. No facilities existed for treatment or shelter. After extensive fundraising, planning and construction, the hospital was about to be dedicated in 1892.

Frances became ill with pneumonia in August of 1892; she died in November of 1892, shortly before her hospital opened.

She is memorialized as one of 16 Colorado pioneers-and the only woman-in a stained glass portrait in the windows of the dome of the Colorado state capitol.

We now have 45 active and enthusiastic members ranging in age from 20 to 80; professional women and homemakers, young adults, mothers and grandmothers. We welcome any eligible visitors to our site and will work diligently with you to prove your are a descendant of an American Revolutionary patriot.