The National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution is celebrating 122 years of service this year.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C. in buildings covering an entire
square block near the White House, DAR is dedicated to promoting
historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavor.
Most of the volunteer work of DAR is accomplished under a
committee system, sponsoring schools, scholarships, contests, and
recognition for community service. DAR works to preserve our
American heritage and supports current members and veterans of the
military. DAR is non-political and does not lobby on the state or
The Iowa Society Daughters of the American Revolution (ISDAR) was
organized in 1891. Iowa Daughters are active in their communities
preserving history, promoting education, and fostering
patriotism. Iowa Daughters actively seek new members, working to
assist prospective members with research into their family
heritages. 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.
Currently there are 48 chapters with nearly 2,200 members.
Iowa Daughters have placed historical markers, commemorating historical
sites; they have helped preserve genealogical records and local
histories in Iowa; Iowa Daughters have also helped commemorate
historical events such as the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Korean War,
and the Louisiana Purchase. Members work with schools to promote
youth programs and scholarship opportunities through such programs as
the DAR Good Citizen recognition and scholarship for high school
seniors, Junior American Citizens activities for children of all ages,
and various poster and essay contests. Individually and as
chapters, Iowa Daughters volunteer in their communities and for VA
Hospitals, supporting active duty military as well as
Veterans. Membership in the Daughters of the American
Revolution gives women an opportunity to form lifelong friendships and
provides a framework for activities that support the NSDAR Motto: God,
Home, and Country.