PHILIP PERRY CHAPTER, NSDAR
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education. It was founded on October 11, 1890 and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896. From its meager beginnings to today, over 1,018,000 women have joined DAR. There are over 3000 Chapters with approximately 190,000 members in the United States and foreign countries.
The DAR annual national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress that governed the American colonies. DAR Continental Congress attracts around 5,000 members to Washington, D.C. each summer.
NSDAR and DAR Chapters sponsor special programs during Constitution Week, September 17-23 to inform and educate the public about the United States Constitution. This official celebration of the Constitution was initiated by the DAR in 1955 and adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1956.
DAR Project Patriot provides support to troops involved in America's world wide war against terrorism.
Chapter members participate in many Patriotic Holidays such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Flag Day by being a part of or attending parades and ceremonies or holding special events to celebrate our patriotic days.
As a member of the National Veterans Administration Voluntary Service Advisory Committee, DAR has representatives in Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. DAR Chapter members volunteer in and donate to state and community based veteran facilities and programs including Homeless Veterans Facilities, Honor Flight, Stand Downs and others. They donate cash, gifts, personal care items, and thousands of hours of time in service to America's veterans. Thousands of flags and certificates
and other patriotic literature are distributed annually.
Gold and bronze JROTC and ROTC medals are presented to outstanding high school and college cadets.
Community Service Award Medals are given to recognize local citizens for outstanding achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic and citizenship work in their communities.
DAR promotes preservation of historic sites and American cultural traditions through its American Heritage program. Many DAR Markers have been placed throughout the country at important historical sites.
The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) includes free online data bases containing information on Revolutionary Patriot ancestors, descendants of those Patriots, as well as the vast array of genealogical resources from the DAR Library.
An American History Essay contest for students in grades 5 to 8 is held in most chapters every year with the winner receiving a certificate and sometimes a monetary reward. A similar contest is held for High School students but they must write their essay in a monitored prescribed time.
The DAR has assisted American Indians with financial and scholarship aid since 1936. Over $75,000 is contributed yearly. Chapters also donate to several Indian Schools and DAR sponsored schools.
Many reading programs for both children and adults are sponsored by various DAR Chapter.
The Children of the American Revolution was founded in 1895 by DAR to provide training in leadership and patriotism for today's youth.
There are Scholarships from both National DAR and DAR Chapters and many environmental programs relevant to a chapters geographical area. The programs are as varied as the members of the Chapter.