About the Grange
The Dartmouth Grange, established in 1888, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for families and the community by building an equal opportunity program of fellowship, service to others, and unity of action within a framework of fraternalism. Specific tools by which the Grange's mission is achieved include:
Who We Are
Energies of the Grange are centered on areas of civic life that profoundly affect families and the community in the region served by the Dartmouth Grange; areas in which strategic financial support, volunteerism and community service will have a significant impact and make a lasting difference toward the betterment of the community. Strategies include economic development as well as other activities around philanthropic activities.
The Grange was formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation’s rural and farm population. Over the more than one hundred years of our work throughout the country, Grange members, supporters and volunteers have helped bring positive change to tens of millions of people. Granges were the warehouse-buying clubs of the nineteenth century. Their influence grew into a nonpartisan political lobby that worked to create laws now known as Granger Laws that are still important in anti-trust litigations today. The Grange is also credited for the Rural Free Delivery Program of the United States Post Office and created libraries to store and share books; many of which have become the community public libraries of today. Before cars, telephones, running water or even electricity, Grangers were fighting for the rights of citizens. At its inception in 1867, it was at the cutting edge for its time. The Grange gave women an equal vote with men even before the government granted it and was also the first organization in America to include all members of the family. On June 29, 1960, the 11-story landmark National Grange headquarters building in Washington, D.C., was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is the only private edifice in a federal block across from the White House. It serves as a non-governmental headquarters for agricultural and rural families. A professional staff administers policies established annually by democratic Grange processes at local, county and state levels.
Please also visit the Massachusetts Grange and National Grange websites.
The Grange's Motto: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.