Who We Are
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered
in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to
promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's
future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer more than 55,000
hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and
financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the
underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical
societies in the country, DAR boasts 168,000 members in 3,000 chapters across
the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless
of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a
patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
Encompassing an entire downtown city
block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier
genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American
decorative arts, Washington's largest concert hall, and an extensive collection
of early American manuscripts and imprints.
DAR Facts Founded: October 11, 1890
Incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress
Objectives: Historic Preservation,
Motto: God, Home, and Country
Membership: 168,000 members
3,000 chapters in all 50 states and
Washington, D.C.; International chapters in Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda,
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
Eligibility for Membership:
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of
race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a
patriot of the American Revolution.