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Exhibition Join In: Voluntary Assocations in America

Fourteenth Continental Congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 17–22, 1905. Washington, D.C. 1905. General Collections, Library of Congress (111.00.00)

Daughters of the American Revolution

Amid the mass immigration and social change after the Civil War, a group of elite women created a society in 1890 to highlight their genealogical connection to the founding of the United States. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sought to promote patriotic knowledge and engagement and to create a women’s association equal to such male counterparts as the Society of the Cincinnati. Although its focus on patriotic research and education remains unchanged, as does the documentation of descent required for membership, the DAR of today welcomes women of all races and ethnicities, undertakes an array of service activities, and makes its extensive archive, library, and museum collections accessible to both scholars and the general public.