Celebrating Our Founding and Looking Ahead to the 2015 Quasquicentennial

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
October 10, 2014

On October 11, 2014 we celebrate the 124th anniversary of the founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution. While this anniversary is of course special to us every year, I can’t help but get more and more excited for our upcoming Quasquicentennial celebrations starting in 2015!

Beginning in January 2015, and throughout the whole year we will be celebrating 125 years of service to America. We will be sharing more details with you soon about all the exciting Celebrate 125! plans, but I can assure you that there will be a lot of great commemorative events and products so all our members can join in on the celebrations. What I am particularly excited about is being able to share 125 years’ worth of DAR stories and images with our membership and the public throughout the year both in the American Spirit magazine and Daughters newsletter as well as online. Be on the lookout for special features on the DAR website, blog and social media.

We also want to hear from you! What aspects of DAR history are you interested in learning more about during this upcoming commemorative year? At the same time, we also want to share DAR history that happened on the local level! DAR is a grassroots organization and we want to be able to share significant historical stories about what states and chapters did in their local communities over the past 125 years. Send us electronic copies of your chapter’s historical photos and memorabilia as well and there’s a chance they could be featured on the national DAR Website!

Please email us to tell us what DAR history you would like to learn and share with us highlights of your chapter’s local DAR history at: Celebrate125@dar.org. We will also be giving you more information soon about a special Celebrate 125 Facebook page where members can post information and photos to share their chapter history and tell how they are celebrating 125 years of service to America during the commemoration.

We also want you to start planning what you are going to be doing in your local communities to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the DAR founding. This significant anniversary is an incredible opportunity to share with the public the DAR’s fascinating history as well as our organization’s contemporary relevance. I love throwing a birthday party with a good cake, but think about how much more of an impact we can make if we celebrate the DAR birthday across the country by organizing service projects in all of our local communities. By showing the active, volunteer spirit of the DAR, we visibly prove how the DAR is just as relevant today as we were 125 years ago. I challenge all of you to create a special service project in your local community in honor of our 125th anniversary next year.

Don’t forget to start making your plans to attend this year’s Continental Congress June 24-28, 2015 in Washington, D.C., where we will be having special 125th anniversary celebrations throughout the week. See the Members’ Website for hotel reservation information and an overview of a few of the 124th Continental Congress Schedule Highlights to help you plan your travel dates.

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