As one of the largest and most prominent lineage societies in the United States today, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is recognized world wide as one of America's most patriotic women's organization firmly based upon ancestry back the American Revolution. Yet it had a rather auspicious, and quite interesting, beginning.
With the exception of the exclusive Society of the Cincinnati, formed in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army, the American Revolution spawned no patriotic society until a group called the Sons of the Revolutionary Sires was organized in California on October 22, 1875. Next came the Sons of the Revolution in New York in 1883.
When the Sons of the American Revolution organized at Frances Tavern in New York City on April 30, 1889, it incorporated a number of early State Societies of Sons, including the California group. Some of the SAR societies permitted women; some did not. At its general meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on April 30, 1890, the Sons of the American Revolution made a fateful decision to exclude women -- and history seized the opportunity. The unwarranted discrimination was trumpeted in the local newspapers, which compelled six women to meet on a stormy night in October 1890 and set in motion plans to organize their own society for the daughters of those Revolutionary War Patriots. As their main objective they decided their organization would be national in scope and committed to patriotic service. As a rule the NSDAR is open to those women over the age of 18 who can prove their lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.
Since that first inspired meeting, the National Society DAR has subsequently grown to include a registry of 9 Reporting Divisions, 51 State Societies and almost 3,000 local chapters. Over 798,000 women have placed their names in the DAR books beneath that of their patriotic ancestors, and the DAR objectives of historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor have continued to this day.
The National Headquarters, which include the DAR Genealogical Library housing over 95,000 books, and the DAR Museum holding over 30,000 artifacts of the colonial and post colonial eras, are located at 1776 D Street, Washington DC, directly across the lawns from the White House.
The history of the DAR is found in the publication "A Century of Service - The story of the DAR" by Ann Arnold Hunter, published 1991 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Featuring membership requirements and locations of local on-line DAR chapters listed alphabetically by city, then alphabetically by name. Also provides information on genealogical resources in California.
Organized in 1892. Site offers membership information, list of chapters by town plus links to individual chapter websites, FAQ, State project, links to other DAR, SAR, C.A.R. and Revolutionary War sites.
Listserv including archives for active DAR members discussing society business.
Covering the Washington DC area.
Serving over 100 Chapters statewide. State officers, Georgia history, and index of cities with chapter websites and e-mail contacts.
Statewide umbrella organization. Offers list of chapters with location plus links, information on the pioneer mothers, DAR state centennial, Cameo Club, and NSDAR links.
Features listing of 64 local chapters, links to chapter websites, information about the DAR Markers on the Santa Fe Trail, and the KSDAR library.
Provides list of the 55 local chapters organized by city with e-mail links. Also includes membership information, genealogical resources and DAR genealogical workshops.
Gives information regarding the 26 local chapters including location, and dates and times of monthly meetings. Also offers links and information on DAR genealogical resources, services and awards, and an ancestor-patriot look-up.
Serving 116 Chapters in 4 Regional Divisions. Offers on-line membership information query, Missouri DAR Bulletins by month, Madonna of the Trail memorial, and historic preservation of the MSSDAR State Headquarters house 'Roslyn Heights'. Links to local chapters through the NSDAR Homepage.
History of and contacts for the state's 11 chapters, and state officers.
Non-profit, women's organization for the descendants of individuals who aided in achieving American independence. Engaged in historic preservation and promotion of education and patriotic endeavor. Links to state societies and local chapters, membership requirements, events, DAR Museum, DAR Genealogical Library, national officers, and CAR and SAR organizations. Headquarters located in Washington, DC.
Comprised of 3 Regional Districts serving 57 chapters and over 3,500 members. Site offers list of chapters by city and region, State Society objectives and projects, NJ and NJDAR facts, and contacts.
The largest of the DAR State Societies, the NYSDAR was organized in 1891 and now services 197 local chapters and 7,900 members. Site offers multiple options to find local chapters by name, locale, or district. Also provides membership information, state genealogical resources, NSDAR links, and interesting websites in and about NY state.
Organized in 1892, the TSDAR is comprised of 5 Regional Districts with 107 local chapters. Clickable maps for chapters by city, county and district. Information about TN Historic Sites, genealogy and research.
Includes local chapters e-mail and websites, calendar of events and projects for state society and community, TSDAR endowed scholarships, the Texas Room at the NSDAR Museum, CAR and Texas SAR links.
One of the largest of the State Societies, Virginia is divided into seven Districts comprising over 129 local chapters. Site offers chapters listing with e-mail and website links, DAR membership requirements, current projects, calendar of events, and interesting Virginia facts.
Serving 38 local chapters listed by city. Links to chapters and NSDAR homepage.
Site offers history of the state society from the formation in 1893, chapter listing by name and location, WVDAR news, and calendar of events.
Article on the history of the society, the Marian Anderson controversy, famous members, and a links collection.
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