Facts About the Daughters of the American Revolution
Founded: October 11, 1890; incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress
Mission: To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism
Motto: God, Home, and Country
3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
International chapters in Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom
More than 920,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded.
Eligibility for Membership:
Any woman who is 18 years or older and can prove her lineage to the Revolution is eligible to join; regardless of her religious, racial or ethnic background.
Named after the original Continental Congress that governed the American Colonies, DAR's annual summer meeting attracts more than 3,000 members to Washington, D.C.
The DAR Headquarters complex occupies an entire city block in Washington, D.C. It is one of the largest buildings of its kind that are owned and operated solely by women. The DAR Library is one of the country's largest genealogical research centers.
The National Board of Management is made up of the President General, 11 Executive Officers, 21 Vice Presidents General and 53 State Regents. The National Board of Management meets six times a year at DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Most of the volunteer work of DAR is accomplished under a committee system comprised of national chairs appointed by the President General and locally appointed state and chapter chairs. The national chairs direct, supervise, and promote the activities of their committees with the assistance of national vice chairs.