The National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer
women's service organization founded in 1890 by a small group of
patriotic women. The DAR is dedicated to promoting patriotism,
preserving American history, and securing America's future through
better education for children.
Nationally, DAR members volunteer more
than 200,000 hours annually to veterans in Veterans
Administration (VA) medical centers and non-VA facilities,
offer support to America's service personnel abroad
through care packages, sponsor programs promoting the U.S.
Constitution, and participate in naturalization
DAR members participate in various
projects to help preserve the cultural heritage of the
United States. Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the
American Revolution (PSSDAR) have supported the National
Patriots Bell Tower in Montgomery County; the Fort Pitt
Block House in Allegheny County; the Madonna of the Trail
in Washington County; and the Rocky Spring Church in
Franklin County, to name a few.
DAR members are passionate about
education through the promotion of the Children of the
American Revolution (C.A.R.), DAR Good Citizens, and
Junior American Citizens; the provision of scholarships
and awards to outstanding students; and the support of six
schools through chapter and member donations.
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.