To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics, and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots; and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries;
To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge", thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens;
To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom; to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
Did you know that NATIONAL SOCIETY owns an entire city block ( bounded by 17th, 18th, C and D Streets) and in one of the most beautiful sections of Washington, DC. Constitution Hall, is located on 18th Street and was built for its annual Continental Congress, held during the week of April 19.
It is one of the largest of its kind and it is the only building dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. It was placed on the Register of National Historic Landmarks in 1986.
Each year the President General lays a wreath at the base of the monument in the south garden, to honor the founders of the DAR. The sculptor was Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
The DAR buildings are open to members and to the public. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The DAR Library, Museum and Seimes Microfilm Center are open, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Americana Room is open only Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The buildings are closed on Federal holidays, holiday weekends and to the public during Continental Congress. Daughters are welcome to visit when they are in the Washington, DC, area.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-5392
NSDAR - Link to National Web Site
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