Continental Hall
DAR Headquarters —
Memorial Continental Hall in
Washington, D.C.





The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organizations.

Who Can Join the DAR?

DAR Library
Since its founding in 1896,
the DAR Library has grown
into a specialized collection
of American genealogical
and historical manuscripts
and publications.

Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, or ancestors who contributed to the independence cause via donations of goods or support, is eligible for membership. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

Steps to Become a Member

Membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a unique opportunity to honor your lineage and heritage as a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution. Our chapter and state society will help you learn how to locate and document your patriot's service in order to prepare your application. Patriots, both men and women, are eligible if they provided one of the following three categories of service.

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