Setting Off on the DAR School Tour

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
October 8, 2016

Seventy-five members will board two buses today to depart for a week of travel to Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and states in between.  I wish you could all be with us, but you can follow along on the DAR School Tour Facebook group here:  Following the meeting of the National Board of Management we will grab box lunches and head out.

Education has always been important to DAR members and is one of the founding objectives of the National Society. In 1903, the committee of Patriotic Education was authorized. By 1932, this committee had grown so much that it was separated into three separate committees: Americanism, National Defense, and Approved Schools.  By 1934, the National Society supported thirty-five approved schools and in 1940 during Continental Congress, it was resolved that as vacancies occurred, no new schools would be added. In 1960, the committee was renamed DAR School Committee. The committee now supports six schools, two DAR supported schools and four DAR approved schools.

I have asked the state regents to tell you about the schools in their states, by writing guest blogs this week as we are on the tour.  Each school is unique and all have a lengthy history with the DAR.  Peggy Troxell, the National Chair of the DAR School Committee, and Donna Weaver, who is visiting the schools for the first time, will also give you their impressions on the Today’s DAR Blog.

I hope you will keep up with us this week through the blog and on Facebook and learn a little more about our DAR Schools and all the amazing work DAR members everywhere do to help promote education.


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