Congress Preparations are Coming Together at DAR Headquarters

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 23, 2019

Congress week is finally here! Last week the Executive Officers met for our final week of meetings, which was productive and bittersweet as we tied up loose ends and made final preparations for Congress.  

Early this morning several executive officers and members of the National Board, along with Long Range Planning Commission members joined together at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to wash the wall. This is always a special and moving service project and it is a privilege to have participated a few times over the years.

Today the DAR Library is open to members from 9 am – 5 pm, which will give those in town early a great opportunity to work on research.  The Library gets more crowded during the week as people arrive and want to find that elusive ancestor, or solve the brick wall that hinders their lineage search.

Set up began in Constitution Hall this weekend to prepare for Congress events. It is amazing to see all the hard work that goes into preparing for an event of this magnitude. Tables, computers and supplies are being arranged to accommodate the members who will be arriving soon. The state seals are hung around the interior of the Constitution Hall auditorium and outside Headquarters the “Welcome Daughters” banner has been hung and the state flags have been posted along the Florida Drive on D Street. More preparations will continue today as members begin to arrive in Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow morning we will have a place a wreath at the Daughters Tribute Monument. This memorial serves as a reminder of all the women who contributed to our organization over its 125 year history. You can honor those members who made an impact on your membership here: Join us tomorrow morning at 8:30 am in the Memorial Garden on C Street.

Make sure to stop by the DAR Museum Gallery to see the current exhibit, A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts. Explore the new Study Gallery while you are there to see pieces from the collection that in the past we haven’t been able to display.

Get your Congress App ready for the 128th Congress! If you still have the App downloaded on your phone from last year, when you open the app please be sure to select “2019 – 128th Congress” from the Congress list that appears when you open the app. If the Congress list does not appear when you open the app, scroll down on the dashboard and select “Exit to Congress List,” the red button in the bottom right corner. From there, select “2019 – 128th Congress,” download this new show within the app and get started!

This is going to be an exciting 128th Continental Congress! We are looking forward to welcoming you.

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