The National Society of the
Daughters of the American Revolution
(NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit,
non-political volunteer women's service
On January 1, 1912, the Grinnell Chapter
NSDAR was officially organized under the
direction of State Regent, Mrs.
Anson Marston, of Ames, Iowa. The nineteen
prospective members present thus became
charter members of the chapter. Mrs.
Marston gave an address to the new members
telling of the aims and objectives of the
National Society - historic, educational,
and patriotic - toward which the work of
the chapter should be directed.
Officers were elected and installed. The
members voted to name the chapter "The
Grinnell Chapter of the DAR," and chose to
adopt blue and white as the chapter's
In the field of educational activities,
the chapter became interested in
contributing to schools and colleges.
Annual contributions are made to the three
DAR schools, which are dedicated to the
education of children from Appalachia:
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Grant,
Alabama; Tamassee DAR School in Tamassee,
South Carolina; and The Crossnore School,
in Crossnore, North Carolina.
Additionally, contributions are made to
Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia; and
to two Native American schools: Bacone
College in Muskigee, Oklahoma; and Chemawa
Indian School in Salem, Oregon.
Grinnell Chapter NSDAR and Montezuma
Chapter NSDAR merged in 2007 and retained
the name Grinnell Chapter NSDAR. Islam
Randolph Chapter NSDAR disbanded and those
members joined the Grinnell Chapter NSDAR.