Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

November 16, 2017
Few experiences of my life have been as thrilling as representing our National Society in the ceremony staged by the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia to celebrate the planting of the first two of what will be 76 trees donated by the DAR to the park to commemorate our nation’s approaching 250 th birthday. President General Ann Dillon and...
November 16, 2017
We all love our DAR pins and that began almost immediately following our organization when the official Insignia was adopted by the National Board of Management (NBM) on May 26, 1891. Since the beginning, members have been encouraged to Wear it Proudly over the heart; to Guard it Carefully, by following a ruling which limits its use to yearbooks, stationery,...
November 14, 2017
Among the thousands of items in the DAR Museum’s collection are more than 20 powder horns from early America. These gunpowder containers were made from cow horns and carried by soldiers, settlers and Native Americans in 18 th century America, both during war and at home. Some powder horns are intricately carved while others are plain, and we have many examples of both. The collection includes...
November 10, 2017
On November 11, Americans will observe Veterans Day. DAR members will join their friends and neighbors in parades, laying of wreaths and other ceremonies that honor individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Marking Veterans Day is a way to say thank you to former military members for their service and sacrifice. This year there is a special reason to commemorate the day: to...
November 7, 2017
As I read the November/December 2017 American Spirit article chronicling wreath-laying ceremonies, I was struck by how often these ceremonies have figured in my own personal DAR story. The first DAR wreath-laying I attended occurred when I was a Cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and I represented the...
November 1, 2017
Following the Franco-American Alliance Tour, we invited Chapters from outside the United States to join us in trying something new. I have asked Diane Hamill, the National Chair of Units Overseas to write a blog about this event. - President General Ann Dillon It was my great pleasure to chair the...
October 27, 2017
Leaving Denver a day before the Michigan State Conference, I traveled with my daughter to visit her son who is attending Northwood University just a two hour drive from the conference hotel. The following day, I flew the short distance back to Detroit, so the routine of providing transportation for the President General would be as normal as possible. It was anything but normal because a three...
October 24, 2017
One of the lesser known departments at DAR Headquarters is Events . The Events Department coordinates internal Member and departmental space reservations and also provides substantial income for the organization through private rentals, the majority of which are weddings. We are proud of our growing relationships with corporate...
October 19, 2017
On this day in 1781, American patriots along with their French allies won the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia. A decisive victory, it was the last major land battle of the American Revolution. British Army commander Charles Cornwallis surrendered and negotiations formally to end the war began. In 1920, DAR led a petition to have Yorktown’s “sacred acres” set aside as a public park. Founded in 1930,...
October 18, 2017
Throughout the month, and particularly on our 127th anniversary on October 11, DAR members across the country celebrated the National DAR Day of Service by participating in a variety of volunteer activities in their local communities in honor of the anniversary of our founding. Members organized a myriad of service projects throughout the country and I was so excited to see many of your...

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