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The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. 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. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. 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. 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’s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. NSDAR is exempt from Federal income taxes under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and receives no government funding.
The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, they seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people.
C.A.R., the nation’s oldest, largest, patriotic youth organization, offers membership to anyone under the age of 21, lineally descended from someone who rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States.
Meadow Garden, the home of George Walton, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, is one of Georgia’s oldest dwellings and is owned and maintained by the Georgia State Society, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The National Historic Landmark is a quiet and inviting oasis in the midst of the industrialized city of Augusta, Georgia. Come and visit this beautiful treasure! Guided tours are available five days a week. The home features 18th and 19th Century American and English furnishings, porcelains, paintings and primitive household equipment.
Tamassee DAR School is a private 501-c(3) non-profit children’s home and family service organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families with a variety of needs. Year round services are provided for up to 56 children in residence and 54 children in Day Care. Our programs and services include 7 on-campus child care homes that can house up to 8-10 children, middle-school academy for day and residential students, individual and group counseling, enrichment and recreational activities, and a college/after care program.
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Inc. is located on Gunter Mountain in northeast Alabama. The school serves grades K-12 and provides opportunities for the children of a large, rural area in the Appalachian foothills to develop a strong love of American ideals as they obtain a distinctive academic background. Emphasis is upon patriotic education throughout the curriculum. Although the school plant and enrollment have increased greatly in size and number since 1924, the same spirit of dedication to achievement, patriotic and moral values, and service to community and country exists on the campus today as it did in the early years of this unique educational experiment of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1902, Martha Berry, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, founded her school in the foothills of Northwest Georgia. Two years later, this visionary Georgia Daughter spoke about her work to the assembled Daughters at Continental Congress in Washington. She told about the young people who desperately needed the education of head, heart, and hands that only her school could provide—and who without the support of Daughters and others would be unable to have it. After her presentation Berry became the first school approved by the DAR for support. Now, more than a century later, Berry College in Rome, Georgia, remains the school with the longest association with the DAR.
Today the school that Martha Berry began in a log cabin is in the top tier of the nation’s liberal arts colleges—and is the only college among the DAR’s six approved schools. Berry’s approximately 2,100 undergraduates come from 37 states and 11 countries.
Founded in 1913, the Crossnore School is a private, non-profit children’s home and school in the western North Carolina mountains. In recent years, Crossnore has grown to house two campuses, Winston-Salem and Crossnore, North Carolina, both offering on-site medical care, trauma-based clinical services and a wide variety of extra-curricular and enrichment activities which make us a unique place for children to live, learn and prosper. Their children come from all over North Carolina and range in age from 1-21. Most residents live at Crossnore because they can no longer remain in their current homes due to circumstances beyond their control. And Crossnore has a special focus on keeping sibling groups together. The Crossnore School & Childrens Home is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization, existing because of wonderfully generous donors and supporters.
Hillside School, located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, is proud to be one of just six DAR approved schools in the country and the only one north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Hillside is committed to offering the best educational experience in a structured, supportive environment for boys in grades four through nine through its ability to meet each student at his learning threshold and then truly maximize his potential. Since 1925, the DAR and Hillside have had a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. The DAR has contributed to every aspect of our school — The Farm, The Arts, Academics, Athletics, and Residential Life, thus promoting education to worthy and needy young men, while providing an environment that encourages patriotism and family values for those students.
Located at the forks of Troublesome Creek in Knott County, Kentucky, Hindman Settlement School has been a model center of progressive education and community service since 1902. The school has played a vital role in preserving and promoting the literary and cultural heritage of southeastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. Today, the school provides educational programs for children with learning differences and dyslexia. Our Folk Arts Education Program works with local schools and agencies to promote and preserve the region’s cultural heritage. The Settlement also supports community service programs and hosts a number of events each year.