What is DAR?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, known as the DAR, was founded in 1890, incorporated by certificate in 1891, and by an Act of the United States Congress in 1896.   It is an organization for women, dedicated to service to the Nation.   It's objectives are:
  • To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence

  • To develop an enlightened public opinion

  • To foster true patriotism and love of country.

The National Headquarters is located at 1776 D Street NW in Washington, DC. It occupies three adjoining buildings: Memorial Continental Hall, DAR Constitution Hall, and an Administration Building. It is one of the most valuable sites in America owned entirely by women.

The current membership is nearly 200,000. These members are found in over 3000 chapters, covering all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 11 overseas units located in five countries.


Motto: God, Home, and Country


What do we do?


Historic Preservation Promote Education Patriotic Endeavor

DAR has committees functioning at the local, state and national levels. Here is a small listing of some of the activities that support the objectives of the society.

Historic Preservation

  • Place DAR Markers at the grave sites of Revolutionary War Patriots
  • Volunteer work at historic homes, sites and museums
  • Participate in historic preservation projects
  • Promote American Heritage through programs on art, crafts, literature and music
  • Encourage the preservation of historical records
  • Genealogical research
  • Support the DAR Museum and its collection of historic objects
  • Support the DAR Library and its large research collection
Promote Education

  • Support DAR scholarships
  • Support DAR-assisted schools for the underprivileged
    • Tamassee School in South Carolina
    • Kate Duncan Smith School in Alabama
    • Crossnore School in North Carolina
    • Berry College in Georgia
    • Hillside School in Massachusetts
    • Hindeman Settlement School in Kentucky
    • Bacone College in Oklahoma
    • Chemawa Indian School in Oregon
  • DAR Good Citizen Awards for outstanding high school seniors
  • American History Essay Contest (grades 5-8)
  • Offer programs which enlighten members on historical and community issues
  • Offer programs on American Heritage
  • Establish and assist literacy programs
  • Promote conservation programs and events
Patriotic Endeavor

  • Encourage active leadership in the community
  • Recognize the efforts of people in the community
  • Encourage people to become informed voters
  • Volunteer in Veterans Hospitals and Medical Centers
  • Participate in local special events sponsored by Veterans Hospitals
  • Participate in new citizenship swearing-in ceremonies
  • Observe patriotic anniversaries
  • Encourage the proper use of the Flag of the United States of America
  • Emphasize the responsibility of protecting and defending the US Constitution
  • Advocate a strong National Defense program