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
2016 NJDAR Fall State Meeting
Family History Month
Native American History Month
American History Month
Women's History Month
NJDAR Awards Day and State Conference
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
50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
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”
75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Just before 8:00 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base
at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating:
The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels,
including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.
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.
150th Anniversary of Memorial Day
In 1966 Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY the birthplace of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 through the nation
100th Anniversary WWI ended, November 11, 1919 Treaty of Versailles, June 28, 1919
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (WWICC) was created by an Act of
Congress in 2013. Members of the 12-person Commission
were appointed by the President and leaders of Congress. The commission’s mission is to plan, develop and implement
programs and activities to commemorate the WWI Centennial.
President General Dillon has selected France as the 2017 NSDAR Tour visiting related WWI sites.
100th Anniversary of America's Creed
Established by Congress on April 3, 2018:
The American’s Creed was written in 1918 in the course of a nationwide contest. Then Mayor of Baltimore, James H. Preston, offered a prize of $1,000 for the winning statement, which went to William Tyler Page. Mr. Page worked for the government at the Capitol. For 22 consecutive years, he led the Continental Congresses of the DAR in reciting the Creed.
75th Anniversary of D-Day
June 6, 2019:
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile
stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, on the beaches of
Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe.
The cost in lives on D-Day was high with more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers killed or wounded.
100th Anniversary of the National Park Service 1916
400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death 1616
80th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart Goes Missing July 1937
Days of Special Events
National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4, 2017
National Memorial Service Sunday, July 2, 2017
NSDAR Day of Prayer Sunday, October 9, 2016
Public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition.
Days of prayer have been called
for since 1775 when the Continental Congress designated a time for
prayer in forming a new nation.
The National Day of Prayer
was established by an act of Congress in 1952.
In 1988, the first
Thursday of May each year was so designated.
The NSDAR Day of Prayer is the Sunday closest to our founding date of October 11
DAR American History Essay Contest
Please contact our chapter webmaster, 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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