Founded Oct. 11, 1890, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving U.S. history and securing the country's future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities, including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding $1 million.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the U.S., DAR has admitted more than 930,000 members since its founding and boasts 177,000 current members in 3,000 chapters. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving U.S. independence is eligible for membership.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., DAR's facilities encompass a city block consisting of a Constitutional Hall, administration section and library, the most architecturally ornate of the three sections.