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About DAR

Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the DAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization. Today the DAR has over 185,000 members worldwide who are organized into approximately 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. Since our founding in 1890, over one million members have carried out our mission. While our organization is steeped in history, we are also a vibrant, forward-thinking group of women who provide valuable services in our communities around the world. The women who make up our membership are varied and come from all walks of life, yet we share a common bond of tracing our ancestry back to those who helped gain our nation’s independence. By serving our communities we honor our nation’s past.

Our Vision

To inspire more people to recognize those who gained our nation’s independence and to connect with history themselves through DAR service projects.

Our Mission

To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

More information

Please visit NSDAR website

17th St. Continental Hall
Continental Hall ~1918
Aerial view of The Ellipse in Washington DC with NSDAR HQ on the right
DAR HQ on the Ellipse
Constitution Hall
Constitution Hall
Constitution Hall circa 1935
Constitution Hall ~1935
Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall
Constitution Hall circa 1918
Constitution Hall ~1918

Located in our nation’s capital, just two blocks from the White House, DAR National Headquarters occupies a full city block and ranks as one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world, owned and maintained by women. Made of pure white Vermont marble, the neo-classic style buildings with pillared porticos make an eloquent architectural statement about the work that goes on within these walls. Flanking the Administration Building on either side, both Memorial Continental Hall and Constitution Hall are designated Registered National Historic Landmarks.

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