Happy 119th Birthday, Daughters of the American Revolution!

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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, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. I’m going to my first DAR meeting tonight. I’m hoping for a friendly, active group.

  2. This article brings back fond memories of the DAR, as I was able to join in the celebration of the 100th Birthday celebration at the headquarters. Not only fun, but absolutely packed (I have pictures of that proof). Thanks for posting.

  3. Apple – That’s great news! I hope you had a terrific time at your first DAR meeting, and that you found a group that’s a match for you. Keep in mind that if you did not, you are free to “try out” other chapters in your area until you find the one that’s right for you. Every chapter is different, and you want to join the one that is best for YOU!

    Barbara – that must have really been exciting! I joined in 1996 so would have missed the 100th Birthday. 2010 will mark 120 years, so I’m hoping for a big celebration at Continental Congress next summer! Will you be there?


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