September 22, 2016
Today marks the 17th anniversary of the premiere of NBC’s award-winning political drama The West Wing.  The program ran from 1999 to 2006 and scenes from the series primarily took place in the West Wing of the White House.  The plot revolved around the trials and tribulations of the fictional President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff. The West Wing filmed at DAR Headquarters nine separate times, more than any other location in Washington, D.C. Many of the same production/location scouts and crew who worked on The West Wing at DAR brought other film projects here because of the very positive experience they had working at DAR Headquarters.    Often used as a double for both the

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September 20, 2016
When President James Monroe took residence in a freshly painted White House in 1817, barely three years had passed since the mansion was left a smoldering shell, a victim of the British in the War of 1812.  This gilded armchair is part of a fifty-three piece set Monroe ordered from the French ébeniste Pierre-Antoine Bellangé for the Oval Room (now the Blue Room) of the White House in 1817. Though it is dulled with age, when new this arm chair would have been very shiny. It is likely that Monroe chose French goods to furnish the Oval Room and State Dining Room in the rebuilt White House because, as a former Minister to

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September 14, 2016
As the leaves begin to turn and plans are being made for the term ahead, the Development Committee is honored to have the opportunity to serve the Dillon Administration, the National Society, State Societies and Chapters. As National Chair of the Development Committee, I am looking forward to the exciting time ahead for the DAR and hope you are too. I was pleased to receive the new 3-year pocket calendar, a most useful tool!  It is our silent organizer which allows us to chart our schedules and plans….while keeping our eyes on the DAR ball.  Our committee will be preparing to attend state

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