Springfield Chapter NSDAR
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded October 11, 1890. The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. More than one million women have joined since its founding over 125 years ago, with a current membership of 190,000 in 3,000 chapters.
Springfield Chapter was organized February 11, 1895. The 24 Charter Members were active in their churches and the community and encouraged their sisters and cousins to join. We received our charter November 5, 1895 and recently celebrated our 125th birthday in 2020 with several events including a 125th Anniversary Tea at the historic Inn at 835.
Membership in DAR honors our heritage and those who have served or donated to the cause. Although all members are eligible having proven lineal descent from Patriots of the American Revolution, we are as diverse as our ancestors. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution is eligible.
Most of DAR’s work to promote Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism is at the chapter level. Springfield Chapter has promoted Historic Preservation by marking historical spots and Revolutionary War Patriots gravesites in the area, many in its early years.
Education: The chapter recognizes outstanding high school seniors with the DAR Good Citizens program. History awards are given to 8th grade students who have excelled in history.
Patriotism: American Flags are given to newly naturalized citizens at ceremonies in Springfield. We have participated in parades and collect American Flags that are no longer serviceable to be disposed of in a dignified retirement ceremony.
In addition, Springfield Chapter has a new conservation project. Unopened disposable plasticware is collected for St. John’s Breadline in Springfield. There are many opportunities to meet remarkable women and be an involved member.
Celebrating God, Home, and Country
Lynda Kerstein, Regent
Springfield Chapter, NSDAR
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Background courtesy of Margaret Bates
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