National Society Daughters of the American Revolution  

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C., during a time that was marked by a revival in patriotism and intense interest in America’s early history. Women desired to express their patriotic feelings and were frustrated by their exclusion from men's organizations.

Decidedly not ladies of leisure, the four founders of the DAR were all independent, working women. Mary Smith Lockwood, Eugenia Washington, Mary Desha, and Ellen Hardin Walworth created an organization honoring the memory of their revolutionary ancestors through active service to the nation. Over a century after its founding on October 11, 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution remains true to its timeless objectives: to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and secure America's future through better education for children.

1st continental congress DAR
1st Continental Congress, February 1892






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