DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization based on documented lineage to someone who fought or gave aid in the American Revolution. We are dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. We preserve historic buildings and artifacts; provide contests, awards, and scholarships; and support schools and develop good citizens. We enjoy celebrating the exceptional events in our American history.
On October 11, 1890, eighteen women and four men met in Washington, D.C., for the purpose of organizing the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their first resolution pledged support toward completing the memorial monument to Mary Washington, mother of George Washington. And so, the first meeting of the DAR was adjourned, having laid the groundwork for a long tradition of patriotic service to the nation.
Incorporated: By an Act of Congress in 1896
Objectives: Historic Preservation, Education, Patriotism
Motto: God, Home, and Country
Membership: Over 185,000 members, 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. International chapters are located in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada,France, Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Eligibility for Membership: Any woman who is 18 years or older and can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background.
National Society DAR
Denise Doring VanBuren
Theme: "Rise and Shine for America"
Florida State Society DAR
Theme: "“Rise and Shine and Squeeze the Day for God, Home and Country"