The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR, was founded in 1890 with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to preserving American history, encouraging better education, and promoting patriotism and honouring patriots of the American Revolutionary War.
DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
With over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally, DAR is a network of friendship and mutual interests.
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 is eligible for membership. The prospective membership application is here.
The Genealogical Research System is a free resource to aid genealogical research and to assist with the membership eligibility process.
Constitutional Hall Headquarters
Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington D.C.'s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.