Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

September 3, 2019
Sometimes, when I am traveling, I see a group of lovely young women sitting together, perhaps in an airport or a hotel lobby. I always wish that I could just go over, interrupt, and talk them into joining the DAR, because they are missing out on an amazing source of joy and friendship. If I were going to try to convince them, which of my hundreds of DAR stories would I share? I joined the DAR in...
August 30, 2019
Today, we are excited to launch the online version of the DAR Museum's current exhibition, A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts . This exhibition explores ways in which women participated in traditionally masculine parts of society...
August 29, 2019
In 1904, Myrtle Hargrave Walkinshaw (Shupe), my grandmother, joined the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a Junior member, a recent graduate of Bucknell, and about to get married. Though there was no chapter near her after her marriage, she was extremely proud of her membership and shared with this granddaughter her love of DAR and American history. Fast forward to...
August 28, 2019
Since departing the Oklahoma State Society’s annual summer workshop, two things have been stuck in my head: 1) that DAR members astound me with their passionate support of our mission, and 2) the song/lyrics of “Oklahoma” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name! The latter’s performance by the Tulsa...
August 27, 2019
It is exciting to share details of the new DAR Historic Preservation Grants – an opportunity for local organizations to receive support for history-related projects … and for the DAR to receive public relations benefit from partnerships benefiting this core mission area. Historic Preservation has been one of our...
August 26, 2019
Isn’t it thrilling to know that you are “one in a million?” I am delighted by how many of you share my excitement for the upcoming DAR Million Members Celebration (as announced in an earlier blog on August 16). Have you checked out some of the great...
August 22, 2019
As we Rise and Shine for America , I am honored and thrilled to serve the VanBuren Administration as an Executive Officer of our National Society. Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed hearing the stories of others. Growing up in a small New England town where my paternal grandparents lived, family gatherings always included stories, photos, artifacts and time for questions. As a young...
August 21, 2019
Have you ever wondered what happens when an item in the DAR Museum collection needs to be repaired? Important considerations for repairs include deciding what kinds of conservation treatments help preserve an object and which areas can, or should, be fixed. In general, these actions do not attempt to make something look like new, but seek to arrest...
August 19, 2019
Hello, come join me on a short journey of my life culminating in the present moment, as I have the honor and pleasure of serving the VanBuren Administration as Registrar General. I am Patsy (Pat) Miller McFall. Of course, I started out as Patsy Miller, born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma. I am the first member of my family to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As...
August 16, 2019
As if being a member of the world’s premiere patriotic women’s service organization were not enough (!), brace yourself: DAR is teetering on the edge of a thrilling milestone and we want YOU to be a part of the celebration! Sometime during the coming weeks, our National Society will welcome our one millionth member since the founding of the National Society in 1890. It’s an amazing testament to...

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