On March 2, 1910, seventeen ladies met at the home of Mrs. Louis H. Jones for the preliminary organization of a chapter in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Jones was chosen regent. A number of meetings were held in which the name Princess Hirrihigua was selected, and the Palm Blossom was chosen as the chapter flower. Mrs. C. W. Springstead presented a gavel made from a tree at Mount Vernon, which we use to this day.
On April 25, 1910, the chapter was organized. The name Princess Hirrihigua is in honor of an Indian girl who rescued Spanish explorer Juan Ortiz from the vengeance of her father, Hirrihigua.
For over ten decades, Princess Hirrihigua Chapter has made a positive impact in the community as we have upheld the DAR mission of promoting patriotism, supporting education, and historic preservation.
On March 5, 2018, Ann Slagle Ciero was sworn in as the 63rd regent of Princess Hirrihigua Chapter and will preside through the 109th anniversary of the chapter in 2019. Susan Riggs Guise, Mary Hochadel, Gayle Freeland, Cynthia Weatherby, and Rebecca Stewart are our active honorary regents.
We have accomplished wonderful things. We have more good work to do. Please consider joining us in our second century of service.