About DAR

About DAR

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on October 11, 1890, after our patriotic nation celebrated the centennial anniversary of the United States. Many people wanted to express their love of country by forming patriot groups organizations. From the beginning, DAR sought to celebrate and preserve our nation’s history through the support of veteran causes and community initiatives. Today, the members show their love of country through volunteer hours, donations, and alliances with local service groups to support the three main focuses of the organization’s mission: historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

The beautiful National Headquarters complex is located in Washington, D.C. It comprises three buildings and three collections, including the DAR Museum that houses and preserves historic collections and the DAR Library used by genealogists to research their family history.

The NSDAR launched The Honoring Our Patriots website. You will learn about the DAR Pathway of the Patriots, an initiative to plant 250 trees along a greenway trail in Pennsylvania to honor the men and women who helped achieve American independence. The website contains information and links to the Forgotten Patriots Project, a project to remember African-Americans, Native Americans, and multiracial Patriots who fought so gallantly for freedom and independence from the British.

While the organization is very interested in our nation’s history and governance, it is a nonpolitical, nonprofit volunteer women’s service organization. Interestingly, it is internationally represented with chapters across the globe. The DAR unwaveringly preserves the history of the United States, works to secure better education for all, and promotes patriotism.

Historic Preservation

Helping to maintain the past for future generations is an important mission of the NSDAR and our chapter. Preserving our history has many different forms. Here are just few of our chapter’s activities: participating in cleaning and maintaining historic sites, providing grave marker for a veteran, and helping prospective members trace their lineage to the American Revolution. Click the arch to see a video on the NSDAR’s role in historic preservation.


Our chapter is passionate about education and supporting schools in our community. Here are just a few of our activities: honoring DAR Good Citizens and Junior American Citizens, providing a new American flag for one of our high schools, donating gift cards for two schools of chapter members, tutoring students, and more. Click the graduation cap to watch a video on the NSDAR’s role in education.


We strive to foster patriotism in our community, state, and nation. Our chapter regularly attends Naturalization Ceremonies to welcome some of the newest American citizens and participates in local activities to celebrate July 4th and Veterans Day. We support veterans who live at a local veterans’ home in our community, veterans attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and place wreaths on veterans’ graves. Click the flag to see a video on the NSDAR’s role in supporting Patriotism.