Gloria: My aunt Frances did everything right. Exactly two weeks before my birthday she’d send a little card, a little invitation. She’d take me to the swan boats, high tea. I’m sure, I’m wicked sure (she laughs) my parents thought she’d rub off on me, have me marrying a banker and swapping recipe cards with my sister Paula whose personal goals include getting swallowed whole by the D.A.R.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), was founded on October 11, 1890 in order to spread patriotism, historical preservation, and education throughout the country at a time when women were excluded from men’s organizations. These are the organization’s three main goals:
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…”; and 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.
DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. 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.
To join the DAR, you must be 18 years or older and have direct lineage from an American Revolution patriot. Here’s a video from their YouTube channel.
View more videos from the D.A.R.’s YouTube channel here.