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Susan MeisterToday’s DAR is you, your mother, your daughter.  When you join the DAR you enter a network of more than 190,000 women who form lifelong
bonds, honor their revolutionary ancestors and promote historic preservation, education and patriotism in their communities. 

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution just approved the application of its one millionth member! Membership numbers have been assigned consecutively from the Society’s founding in 1892.

Springfield Chapter was organized February 11, 1895 just a few years after the founding of the National Society. The Organizing Regent was Kate J. Chatterton Hickox, whose parents were pioneer residents of Springfield. The Charter Members were women who were active in their churches and the community, and they encouraged their sisters and cousins to join. We received our charter November 5, 1895. Springfield Chapter is celebrating its 125th birthday in 2020 with several events throughout the year, including an afternoon tea at the historic Inn at 835.

DAR provides the opportunity to meet some of the most remarkable women that you will ever hope to meet.  They are women a lot like you, who come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of interests. Their common bond is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution -- any women, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove this lineage is eligible to join.

DAR does remarkable work in education.  DAR has supported Kate Duncan Smith School in Alabama, and Tamassee School in South Carolina. The Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas to receive an education. DAR also assists Berry College, Georgia; Crossnore School in North Carolina; Hillside School in Massachusetts and Hindeman Settlement School in Kentucky.  Bacone College boasts the Center for American Indians in order to foster cultural heritage and education of American Indians. Over a million dollars a year is provided by DAR to support these schools.

DAR’s work is not just about lineage. Our service begins at the chapter level.  When you become a Daughter of the American Revolution you become a member of a local chapter and you will have opportunities to meet other members. Our chapter holds meetings from September through May.  We travel annually to Washington, D.C., to attend Continental Congress.  In the spring we go to Bloomington, Illinois to our annual State Conference.  These are a few of the opportunities you will have to meet other dedicated Daughters. Please join us as we serve God, Home, and Country.

Regent, Springfield Chapter NSDAR
Susan Meister, Current Chapter Regent

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