Over two hundred years ago, American colonists, sacrificed their lives and fortunes to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty" and in doing so, left a legacy to the American people. Membership in the DAR will allow you to perpetuate their legacies through supporting the efforts of the National Society by promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. This means that your ancestor could have provided food for soldiers, served in the military, served their town as sheriff, or provided medical aid to the wounded.
Joining the DAR does not require an interest in genealogy, but it helps to have knowledge of your ancestry. To determine your eligibility, you will need to gather documents for yourself, your parents, grandparents, and possibly great-grandparents. With 94 chapters in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR) has volunteers who can assist you if you need help with your research.
Please visit the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution "How to Join" page.
The chapter meets eight times a year, each luncheon begins with a luncheon and is followed by a program. We would be delighted to invite you to our meetings, please contact our chapter Regent for a list of meeting dates and locations.
The chapter participates twice a year in a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Federal District Court House. We welcome immigrants as United States citizens with the presentation of an American Flag and refreshments. Annually in March, we present a DAR Good Citizens scholarship award to a selected senior from one of the participating area high schools. This award rewards the qualities of good citizenship. The student is selected for several qualities: dependability, which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality; service, which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others; and patriotism, which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation to an outstanding degree. In May, DAR American History awards are presented to graduating high school seniors with the highest average in American history in eight schools in the county.