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Stars and Stripes Chapter DAR
Burlington, Iowa

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Welcome to Stars and Stripes Chapter

Welcome to Stars and Stripes Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) in Burlington, Iowa. Chartered April 28, 1897, Stars and Stripes was the seventh Iowa chapter. If you have an interest in history, are hiding a Revolutionary War patriot in your background, or wish to share genealogical information, we are looking for you.

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.  Women interested in researching their ancestry for potential membership, may enjoy attending one of our meetings. Contact us for meeting information. Click here.

Stars and Stripes Chapter works to meet the historical, educational, and patriotic objectives of the National Society DAR through our programming and participation in the community.  Please enjoy this video on  "Today's DAR," which describes DAR's impact on the community.

Located along the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Burlington has a long and storied history, and we draw on that for programs like Chief Blackhawk's final resting place and Zebulon Pike's influence on the area. In the past, we have rented a limousine and toured the area to revisit gravesites of Revolutionary War patriots and historical locations commemorated with plaques by Stars and Stripes Chapter. With special permission, we toured the cemeteries on the IAAAP (Iowa Army Ammunition Plant) grounds where Patriot Peter Gearhart is buried. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate his tombstone. As a result of these experiences, a member prepared a DVD highlighting these sites.

Two local Vietnam veterans helped us commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War by honoring Vietnam veterans in a brief memorial ceremony and by telling about the Des Moines County War Memorial for all veterans that was dedicated July 4, 2015.

We have commemorated the 125th Anniversary of Ellis Island-Immigration site and learned about grave marker restoration and the DAR supported schools. The DAR Good Citizens program recognizes students in accredited high schools who demonstrate dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Each year, Stars and Stripes Chapter works with local schools to select students for this honor.

Our members who have visited NSDAR headquarters at 1776 D Street, Washington, D.C., have helped us realize the significance of these buildings that house one of the largest genealogical records collections in the world. A virtual tour of the buildings included the DAR Museum, Iowa Room, and restored DAR Library lay lights.

We have held DAR genealogy workshops to inform the public and to inspire our prospective members to continue working on their DAR membership papers. We want them to become members and carry on the historical, educational, and patriotic objectives of our Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Last Updated 31 July 2016
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