Programs and Events
Guests are welcome to attend our monthly chapter meetings. Please contact our chapter regent, Kathleen J. Evans, for information.
Coming soon our 2016-2017 Program Calendar
September 17, 2016
The 2015 NJDAR Fall State Meeting
Family History Month
Native American History Month
American History Month
Women's History Month
June , 2017
Daughters and guests in the national capital region are invited to join the NSDAR in the National Independence Day Parade. Since 2001, DAR has participated in this patriotic commemoration that is co-hosted by the National Park Service.
- National Independence Day Parade
- U.S. National Park Service : Independence Day at the National Mall
- Independence Day on USA.gov : History, Fireworks Information and Safety Tip
NSDAR has partnered with the The United States of America Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, established by Congress, to "thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans."
States and Chapters are encouraged to have at least two activities that recognize the Vietnam War and those who served. Please, consult the following resources:
- US Commemoration website with suggestions for programs and events: http://www.vietnamwar50th.com
- Step-by-step instruction on how to become a Commemorative Partner: “How to Become a Partner”
100th Anniversary of Mother's Day
On May 20, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday. On this day, we honor all mothers, and in particular our Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers.
The last Sunday of each September is Gold Star Mother's Day; the President calls on all Americans to display the nation's flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation in times of war or conflict. Blue Star Mothers of America is an organization of mothers whose children have served.
Suggested chapter activities: organize a wreath laying ceremony and invite Gold Star Mothers to attend. If you have a local chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. in your community, invite them to a chapter meeting or luncheon to thank them for their family’s sacrifice.
If you are aware of a Gold Star Mother in a nursing home, pay her a visit.
If you know of a mother who is a caregiver for an injured service member, provide her a respite day.
For Mother's Day: Contact a nursing home to see which of its mothers have no family in the area. Have a special luncheon for them on or near Mother’s Day.
- Gold Star Mothers - http://www.goldstarmoms.com
- Blue Star Mothers - www.bluestarmothers.org
- History of Mother's Day at www.history.com
100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
In 1916, Congress established the National Park Service as a bureau within the Department of the Interior to administer America's great national parks and monuments as a unified system. Today the system encompasses approximately 84.4 million acres, managing each of the United States' national parks, which have grown in number to 58.
Suggested website: www.nps.gov.
125th Anniversary of Ellis Island Immigration Station
The Federal government assumed control of immigration on April 18, 1890, when President Benjamin Harrison designated Ellis Island as the first Federal Immigration Station. By the time it closed on November 12, 1954, twelve million immigrants had been processed by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration. Today, over 40 percent of Americans can trace their ancestry through Elllis Island.
The Statue of Liberty was a symbol of hope for millions who came through Ellis Island. Give a program on the statue and how the whole area became a national park.
250th Anniversary of the Stamp Act
Passed on March 22, 1765, the Stamp Act imposed a direct tax by the British Parliament, specifically on the American colonies. The Stamp Act was the first in a series of acts to meet great resistance, since the colonies had no representation in Parliament. The Stamp Act played a major role in defining the grievances and enabling the organized colonial resistance that led to the American Revolution.
800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta
Reluctantly signed by King John of England on June 15, 1215, the Magna Carta became the basis for English citizens’ rights. It is considered the founding document of English liberties and subsequently American liberties. The influence of the Magna Carta on American freedoms can be seen in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
DAR American History Essay Contest
Please contact our chapter regent, Elizabeth Dunnell, for information.
The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.
The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.
DAR Supported Schools
Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region- Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School, South Carolina.
Kate Duncan Smith (KDS), founded on Gunter Mountain by the Alabama DAR in 1924, is a day school, kindergarten through 12th grade, serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1,300 students yearly. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, and horticultural and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.
Tamassee DAR School is a private 501-(c)(3) non-profit children’s home and family service organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families with a variety of needs. Our programs and services include seven child care homes that serve up to 8 – 10 residential children, a Middle School Academy program, an After Care Program for reunified families and students enrolled in college or living independently, and a Day Care Program serving infants, toddlers and after school children in the community. Tamassee DAR School was founded by the South Carolina State Society DAR and accepted as a National Project by the National Society DAR in 1921. Since that time, thousands of children have received a loving home, an excellent education and the love of a professional caring staff.
The following schools are on the Approved Schools list:
Berry College, Georgia, was founded in 1902 to provide high school education to rural youth and became the first approved DAR school in 1904. It was developed into a college in 1926, and today, it is one of the outstanding comprehensive colleges in the South, with fully accredited art, science and professional programs as well as specialized graduate programs in education and business administration.
Crossnore School, Inc., North Carolina, was founded in the early 1900s to give the children from the mountains and foothills of North Carolina a home while attending public schools in Avery County. The school also provides day care services for local children.
Hillside School, Inc., Massachusetts, was founded in 1901 as a rural home for boys who were orphaned or otherwise without a home or family. It now provides a structural and supportive environment for students with learning problems. Its program stresses reading, writing, math, science, literature, social studies, fine arts, and industrial arts.
Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky, was founded in 1902 to provide an educational opportunity for the youth of the mountains. Its major educational emphasis today is its work with students with dyslexic characteristics. This is the only program of its type within 200 miles.It also offers an Adult Basic Education/GED Program.
Each of these schools is given financial assistance by DAR members, including scholarships, material donations, and genuine personal interest. Over $1 million is given annually by the DAR to support these schools.
The DAR, through its American Indians Committee, assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon.
Good citizenship and love of country are taught at all of these schools.
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