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November 28, 2016
Five years ago tomorrow #GivingTuesday was established as a global day of generosity, intended to encourage philanthropy at the beginning of the Holiday season. You may remember that last year many of you helped us fully restore the beautiful decorative plasterwork in Constitution Hall with your gifts to NSDAR on #GivingTuesday 2015. We share a deep affection for the DAR and our beautiful home at...
November 23, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving from NSDAR Archives and History!  We are thankful for all of the wonderful treasures DAR members have generously donated to the Americana Collection over the years.  In honor of the Thanksgiving season, we would like to highlight two documents in the Collection that serve as examples of our Founding Fathers’ thankfulness and point to a time in our nation’s history when...
November 17, 2016
Bill and I flew to Phoenix bright and early Thursday morning before the Arizona Fall Board of Management began on Friday.  We took the opportunity to visit our family who lives in the Phoenix area and enjoy some Mexican food.  State Regent, Terri Mott, had planned an outstanding lineup of speakers and workshops to move the Arizona Daughters forward.  The weather was unseasonably warm and the...
November 16, 2016
Having just celebrated Veterans Day, it’s appropriate to reflect on how this commemoration originally began as Armistice Day following World War One. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. Now that we are approaching the 100th anniversary of what is...
November 15, 2016
In the Genealogy Department at the DAR Headquarters we often get questions about how to use the Genealogical Research System (GRS) and the best way to find what you are searching for. Today I am going to share some insights, information and tips to help when you are using the Ancestor Tab of the GRS. The Ancestor Tab lets you search for established patriots in the GRS.  Remember...
November 10, 2016
In the early 20th century the firm of E. F. Caldwell (not to be confused with J.E. Caldwell of Philadelphia) became one of the most important lighting manufacturers in the nation. Edward F. Caldwell (1851-1914) and Victor von Lossberg (1853-1942) established E. F. Caldwell and Co. of New York in 1895. A portrait painter by training, Caldwell met his business partner von Lossberg while they worked...
November 9, 2016
The United States stands on the eve of a grand celebration – and DAR is preparing to celebrate in a big way! In just ten years, America will commemorate its 250th birthday. Already, the U.S. Congress has established the United States Semiquincentennial Commission to begin planning for the nation's anniversary. The nonprofit organization USA250 has also been...
November 8, 2016
As the publications coordinator for the DAR Magazine Office, I am excited to write about our current issue of American Spirit. Putting together the November/December 2016 issue of American Spirit magazine was especially rewarding because we had the pleasure of working with the Fox River Valley Chapter of Algonquin, Ill., the grand prize winner of the 2015 Spread the American Spirit subscription...
November 4, 2016
One morning recently I stopped by the Development Office and was discussing with Tom Adams the beautiful wall calendar that was ready for distribution, which I hope you have received.  Tom began to wonder about the photographer's point of view.  Rick McCleary, American Documentary Photography, has created our calendars for the past four years (2013-2017). Tom contacted Rick and asked him to jot...
October 31, 2016
We know Halloween is a time for candy and costumes, but historically it was a time to remember and honor the dead. What better way to remember and honor the dead than to learn about them through genealogy? Thousands are bewitched by genealogical research and studies have shown that just the act of pondering our ancestors and origins can enhance intellectual performance. But readers beware:...

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