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Updated October 11, 2019

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Since 1890 Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today's society as they were when the organization was founded.  

What we do

Historic Preservation

DAR members participate in an array of projects to help preserve our cultural heritage, including:

  • Restoring and maintaining historical sites

  • Locating, restoring and marking American Revolutionary War patriot gravesites and headstones

  • Organizing and contributing to major restorations, commemorations and memorials

  • Placing monuments around the world to memorialize people and events throughout American history

  • Preserving genealogical records, artifacts and historical documents through various NSDAR projects.

Education

DAR members are passionate about educating the youth of America and contributing to schools and student programs in a variety of ways, including:

  • Supporting six DAR schools through chapter and member support:

    1. Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Grant, Alabama

    2. Tamassee DAR School, Tamassee, South Carolina

    3. Crossnore School, Crossnore, North Carolina

    4. Hillside School, Marlborough, Massachusetts

    5. Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky

    6. Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia

  • Provide scholarships and funds to American Indian children and schools, including:

    • Chemawa Indian School, Salem, Oregon

    • Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma

  • Provide scholarships and awards to outstanding students throughout the country

  • Promote education and citizenship through youth programs such as Children of the American Revolution, DAR Good Citizens and Junior American Citizens

  • Sponsor American history essay contests for youth in grades 5 through 8

  • Offer educational summer camps and cultural programs through the DAR Museum

Patriotism

DAR members love of country is evident in the multitude of patriotic endeavors they pursue, including:

  • Provide more than 200,000 hours of volunteer time annually to veterans in Veterans Administration hospitals and non-VA facilities

  • Offer support to America’s service personnel in current conflicts abroad through care packages, phone cards and other needed items

  • Sponsor special programs promoting the Constitution during its official celebration week of September 17-23

  • Participate in naturalization ceremonies

  • Present patriotic awards to deserving individuals including:

    • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer award

    • DAR Good Citizens awards and medals

    • ROTC medals

    • Community Service awards