The Daughters of the American Revolution
Yesterday I gave a presentation to one of the local chapters of the DAR, or Daughters of the American Revolution for short. If you’re not familiar with the DAR, there are chapters all over the country (as well as other countries) of women who can trace their direct lineage to someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. This organization is committed to preserving patriotism, preserving American history, and securing the future of American education.
There were about 35 women at the meeting, in a back room of a local barbecue spot. They’ve outgrown the venue so yesterday was their last meeting there. Next month they will be moving somewhere larger and by all accounts, much more in line with a meeting hall. This is a small chapter mind you, but there were women of all ages and I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment to exploring and preserving the past. It’s amazing to think that all over the US, women like this are meeting in homes, restaurants and hotel meeting rooms to recognize each other and further the organization’s goals.
The photo above is Debbie Carlson, the chapter president. You will notice the amazing collection of flair on her sash. Debbie’s been involved in DAR for 12 years and as you can tell, has been extremely active as both an attendee at events and as a leader. She definitely had the most flair on of anyone at the meeting.
I gave a presentation that lasted about 45 minutes on the importance of taking time to capture the stories in one’s family and preserve the photos and memorabilia that has been passed down from previous generations. We’re all caretakers of ‘stuff’ and these women in particular know the meaning of inheritance. Many of them told stories of spending years researching their lineage before applying and being accepted as a member of DAR. One woman there was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone, a talking point that most of the other women were clearly jealous of. Once you become a member, you can automatically involve your heirs into the organization without them having to go through the process of research and application. In fact, there is even a sister organization called CAR, Children of the American Revolution which was chartered by Congress in 1895. It’s the nation’s oldest and largest patriotic youth organization for people under the age of 22.
Part of the meeting allowed for members to share historical perspectives and one woman stood up and read something she had written that compared many of the social and political events we are involved in now to other events in our nation’s past. It was comforting to hear this and I left realizing that we are a strong nation, despite what others would have us believe, and that our heritage is one of resiliency and adaptation, and our experiences can only make us stronger.
If you are defended from someone involved in securing our United States’ independence, you may want to look into the DAR.
Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.
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