February 16, 2017
Documentation is such an important aspect of obtaining DAR membership, and many older records required for admission into the organization may be difficult to read, require extensive preservation or may even be lost or missing. With that in mind, the January/February 2017 issue of American Spirit features stories that spotlight the importance of historical documents and resources and also highlights the work of archivists who preserve and protect them. Our cover story, “The Art of Early American Handwriting,” details the history of early American script and offers a few tricks to decode historical handwriting—the most important rule? Don’t assume anything! A feature on the War of 1812

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February 15, 2017
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One.  DAR is proud to be a Partner Organization with the United States World War One Centennial Commission. In conjunction with the partnership, commemorations of this critical time in United States’ history and the role the DAR played in the war relief effort will be a major focus for us in the Department of Archives and History this year. A crucial partner of the DAR during the entire war was its Washington, D.C. neighbor, the American Red Cross.  Ties between these two organizations run deep.  American Red Cross founder and first president, Clara

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February 14, 2017
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting with a delegation from the Spanish Embassy to get acquainted and to reaffirm the mutual appreciation we have for one another’s ongoing support and recognition.  Many of us are familiar with the assistance given to the new Republic by Bernardo de Galvez, but are unaware that Spanish troops stationed in Presidios throughout the Southwest voluntarily made contributions to the US Colonies to assist in efforts to win

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