Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Happy birthday to you!

October 11, 2009 marks the 119th birthday of the DAR.

Founded by Mary Desha, Eugenia Washington, Ellen Hardin Walworth, and Mary Smith Lockwood, the objectives of the DAR remain the same today as they did at that first meeting:

Historical – to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence;

Educational – to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, “to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion…”;

Patriotic – to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

For more information about the Daughters of the American Revolution, please visit http://www.dar.org/.

Pictured above: DAR members and others pose in front of the DAR building in Washington, DC. Founder Mary Smith Lockwood is on the right, near the front, wearing a white fur-trimmed coat and hat with a white plume. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris & Ewing, photographer, 1916)

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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