Courtesy of Todays DAR and You! by NSDAR

What is the DAR?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women's volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Who are DAR members?

They are women a lot like you who come from diverse backgrounds and hold a variety of interests. Their common bond is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution - any woman, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove this lineage is eligible to join.

They are women who...

  • care about fostering good citizenship
  • want to honor their ancestors
  • are devoted to educating our youth
  • want to preserve our past for future generations

These women may enjoy...

  • learning about American history
  • researching genealogy
  • coordinating local community service projects
  • sharing in family DAR traditions
  • participating in commemorative events

What do DAR members do?

In communities across the country and around the world, members participate in...

  • restoring and maintaining historic sites
  • preserving historical records and artifacts
  • locating, restoring and marking Revolutionary War patriot grave sites and headstones
  • supporting schools, awarding scholarships and recognizing outstanding students throughout the country
  • promoting education and citizenship through youth programs
  • sponsoring American history essay contests for students
  • volunteering to assist military veterans
  • supporting America's active-duty troops through a variety of programs
  • sponsoring special programs that promote the constitution
  • welcoming new citizens at naturalization ceremonies

Why should I become a member?

DAR provides the opportunity to...

  • contribute to important service projects
  • honor and preserve the legacy of patriot ancestors
  • make lifelong friends
  • participate in unique social and service-oriented programs within your community
  • discover programs that appeal to your interests
  • gain valuable leadership experience 
  • establish a network of contacts in your community and around the world

How do I become a member?

Any woman 18 years or older may join the DAR by documenting her lineage to an ancestor, either male or female, who aided the cause of American independence through military, civil or patriotic service.

Daughters in chapters throughout the country can provide guidance and assistance with the application process.

Steps to becoming a member include:

  • tracing your family lineage
  • identifying your patriot ancestor
  • locating a DAR chapter
  • completing the application process

Photo credit:  from the Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter archives.