National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on October 11, 1890, by Mary Smith Lockwood, Ellen Hardin Walworth, Mary Desha, and Eugenia Washington, a great-grandniece of George Washington, not long after the centennial celebration of Washington's inauguration sparked a renewed interest in United States history. From this pioneering group of women to today's vibrant members, the Daughters of the American Revolution have carried the torch of patriotism.
The objectives laid forth in the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same:
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.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization and one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.