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This information is taken from official NSDAR publications. It is included here for informational purposes.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer service organization founded in 1890 in Washington, DC, and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896.

The NSDAR Objectives are:

Historic Preservation - Perpetuation of the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence by the preservation of historical relics and locations and of records of their individual service.

Promotion of Education - Support of educational facilities.

Patriotic Endeavor - Promotion of patriotism and love of country; encouragement of research and publication of historical documents.

Incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer service organization with a little over 165,000 women in more than 3,000 chapters in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Society was founded in Washington, DC, on October 11,1890, and has celebrated more than 100 years of service to the nation.

The National Headquarters of the NSDAR is located in Washington, DC, between 17th and 18th, C and D Streets, N.W., and covers a city block near the White House. Two buildings of this complex have been designated Registered National Historic Landmarks: Memorial Continental Hall and Constitution Hall. An Administration Building houses the offices of the National Society and completes the complex, the largest group of buildings in the world owned and operated by women.

Who is eligible for Membership in DAR?

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and shall prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death.

Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a chapter or as a Member-At-Large.

Acceptable Service

The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof.

  1. Signers of the Declaration of Independence
  2. Signers of the Constitution of the United States
  3. Military Service - service in all branches of military
  4. Civil Service and Patriotic Service

The Work of the Society

The Society achieves its goal through the work of National, Special and Standing Committees functioning at the local, state and national levels.

Patriotic Work:

  • American History Essay Contest
  • Americanism and DAR Manual for Citizenship
  • Activities of Constitution Week
  • DAR Service for Veteran-Patients
  • Flag Committee
  • National Defense Committee

    Historic Preservations:

  • Conservation of Resources
  • Vital Genealogical Preservation
  • American Heritage Committee
  • DAR Library Committee
  • DAR Museum Committee
  • Americana Collection


  • DAR Good Citizens Awards
  • Junior American Citizens
  • DAR School Committee
  • DAR Scholarships:
    a. Political Science
    b. American History
    c. Nursing
    d. Occupational Therapy
    e. Graduate work in medicine and historic preservation
  • Outstanding Teacher of American History

Who Directs the DAR?

The President General and 11 Executive Officers, elected for a three-year term, direct the business of the Society. These officers, together with 21 Vice Presidents General (seven elected annually for three-year term), and the State Regents make up the National Board of Management. The President General is the official spokesman for the National Society.

Genealogical Research Library

The library is a comprehensive facility for historical and genealogical research. The collection includes local history in America, embracing state, county, town and church materials, genealogies, biographies and vital records. These histories provide the link in connecting ancestors of the Revolutionary period with today's descendants.

The library is open to the public. Non-members pay a nominal fee for use of the library for research.

The DAR Museum

The DAR Museum features outstanding collections of decorative and fine arts made or used in America between 1700 and 1850. The 33 State Period Rooms and two galleries represent a particular historic period or region. They trace American lifestyles as they changed over 150 years. The rooms include a 17th century New England one-room house, an 18th century tavern and a 19th century kitchen. A late 19th century attic is filled with children's toys.

Guided tours of the galleries and State Period Rooms are available free of charge.

DAR Publications

Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine has been published since 1892 and is one of the oldest continuing publications in the United States. It is for the exclusive use of members of the society.

Our award-winning American Spirit magazine is available to the public. It is a handsomely illustrated, bimonthly publication focusing on issues that are important to us all. Articles cover such subjects as American history, historic preservation, patriotism, genealogy and education. Whatever your interests, you will find informative, entertaining and engaging articles in each issue of American Spirit magazine.Subscribe online at under the heading "Shopping."

Many genealogical and historical publications are available from the Society.

For Membership Information:

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1776 D Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-5303

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