The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.
Founded: October 11, 1890; incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress
Mission: To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism
Motto: God, Home, and Country
Membership: 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, DC. International chapters in Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. More than 860,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded.
FACTS AT A GLANCE:
Susan B. Anthony, well known suffragette, was a Life Member of the DAR.
Clara Barton, founder and president of the American Red Cross, was the first Surgeon General of the NSDAR, from 1890 to 1893. The DAR terminated this office in 1898.
The DAR initiated American History Month and Constitution Week as special observances.
The DAR placed Madonna of the Trail monuments, eighteen feet high, of a pioneer mother and her two children, in each of twelve states across the country, from Maryland to California, through which the National Old Trails Road has passed.
The Memorial Bell Tower and the Carillon of the fifty-six bells at Valley Forge, a DAR project costing half a million dollars, honors American heroes of all wars, living and dead.
The DAR paid the pension of the World War I Army Nurses when the government would not.
Recent President’s wives belonging to the DAR include Mrs. Eisenhower, Mrs. Truman, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Reagan, and Mrs. Bush.
Members of the DAR contributed $511,112.33 for the Statue of Liberty Restoration.
National Headquarters consists of three adjoining structures: Memorial Continental Hall (1905), Registered National Historic Landmark; DAR Constitution Hall (1929), seats 4001, Registered National Historic Landmark; and the Administration Building (1920.1950).
The DAR Museum (est. 1890) contains 33 State Rooms and Museum Gallery, exhibiting American antiques, and houses a collection of 40,000 objects. It is accredited by AAM, is open to the public, provides free guided tours, and a Museum Reference Library.
The DAR Library (est. 1896) contains materials in genealogy and relevant local history. It contains 125,000 books, including unpublished genealogy transcripts and genealogical periodicals. The public is welcome and a small fee is charged to nonmembers.
The Americana Room (est. 1940) houses Americana Collections-a repository of over 5,000 documents on Early American History, as well as a special collection of NSDAR History.