On behalf of the over 1,000 members in the District of Columbia, representing 17 chapters, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution (DCDAR) State Society website.
The first District of Columbia State Regent, Marie Green Devereux, was appointed in 1891. The first chapter, Mary Washington Chapter, was organized in 1892. Our State Society was formally organized under the leadership of Mary Smith Lockwood on November 30, 1901. As a multigenerational organization, our State Society is rich in tradition, and with nearly a quarter of our membership under the age of 36, we are a growing and vibrant Society creating new traditions for future generations.
The District of Columbia State Society is a non-profit, non-political women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and patriotism. We are one of 53 State Societies within the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests. They are energetic, active women who honor their ancestors through their dedication to community service. Some of our programs and activities include fostering good citizenship and welcoming new citizens each month at the Naturalization Ceremonies held at the E. Barrett Pettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C.; educating our youth and promoting literacy; providing continual stewardship of the District of Columbia boundary stones, our nation’s first national monuments; and honoring and supporting those who have served our nation through veterans programs at the VA Hospital and the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
Many of our members enjoy learning about American history, researching genealogy, coordinating local community service projects, sharing in family DAR traditions, and participating in commemorative events. The common bond is our lineal descent from the men and women who gave their lives and fortunes for the patriot cause during the American Revolution. Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. The success of our Society is directly connected to its members. Working together we can make a difference.
We thank you for your interest in the work of our State Society. If you are interested in becoming a member, check out Become a Member and be sure to fill out the Membership Interest Form. If you can trace your lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution, we would be honored to have you become a member of one of the 17 chapters in the District of Columbia State Society.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will join us. Together we can make a difference!
Thank you for visiting our website.
Ann Taylor Schaeffer, State Regent