The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, DC. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing Americas future through better education.
Most of the volunteer work of DAR is accomplished under a committee system comprised of national chairmen appointed by the President General and locally appointed state and chapter chairmen.
DAR has 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has international chapters in 11 countries. More than 930,000 women have joined DAR since it was founded.
The DAR headquarters complex occupies an entire city block near the White House and contains one of the largest genealogical research centers in the United States. The headquarters is one of the largest complexes of buildings in the world built, owned, and maintained exclusively by women.
You are first a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, established through your state and local chapters. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove her lineal descent from a patriot who gave aid to or was a soldier in the American Revolution, is eligible for membership in the National Society. Applicants must provide documentation for each generation (birth, marriage, death).
Please see information on becoming a member on the NSDAR web site, including eligibility and a list of acceptable service of patriots, and contact us for assistance in completing and submitting your application.
Joining DAR gives you a unique opportunity to honor your heritage as a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution and to promote “those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which patriots worked, fought, and sacrificed. Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism are the values of the National Society, and membership provides a means by which to advance these common goals with others and to explore mutual interests together.