Reflecting on a Wonderful Continental Congress

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
July 12, 2017

Even after a few weeks I am still thinking about how fun Continental Congress was! I had a great time and if you attended; I hope you felt the same way. Whether you were able to attend or not, we wanted you to feel connected to some of the events and educational opportunities by following along online, reading blogs and viewing the live stream.

Earlier this week a survey was emailed to all members who attended Congress. Please take a moment to complete the survey with feedback about your experience so we know what you enjoyed and where we can try to make improvements. Even as we are still wrapping up post-Congress responsibilities, we have already begun planning for the 127th Continental Congress which will take place June 20-24, 2018. I look forward to hearing your feedback and reflecting with our Congress Committee Chairs and the DAR staff as we start preparing for next year’s gathering.

In the meantime, here are some links to various items pertaining to Congress for you to share with your chapter members and for those who were unable to join us for Congress.  

  • View the slideshow of Congress photos to see some of the highlights of the week.
  • We have put videos of the evening ceremonies and daytime business sessions online for you to view. We know there were some technical difficulties with the Congress Online Live Stream throughout the week of Congress and we appreciate your patience and understanding. 
  • During the Opening Night Ceremony, we were so pleased to introduce Honorary President General Lynn Forney Young as the newest Commissioner of the United State Semiquincentennial Commission with this fun video.
  • We also announced that the DAR was sponsoring the first major, patriotic gift to the nation for America’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2026 with a donation to the National Park Service to underwrite the purchase, planting and longtime care for 76 trees in Independence National Historical Park in honor of the Spirit of ‘76 that inspired our ancestors to declare their independence.


I hope these items help you reflect on the 126th Continental Congress and I hope you will plan to join us next year!  

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