who we are
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded as a national organization in 1890 by four women whose
common bond was the fact that each had fathers or grandfathers who were patriots of the American Revolution. The
founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution sought to create an organization that would "perpetuate the memory
and spirit of the women and men who achieved American independence."
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the DAR continues today as a thriving non-profit, non-political volunteer women's
service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through
better education for children. The DAR’s National Board of Management meets six times a year at DAR headquarters in
DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in
scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations
exceeding one million dollars.
Continental Congress, the DAR annual national meeting, is named after the original Continental Congress which governed
the American Colonies. DAR Continental Congress attracts more than 3,000 members to Washington, D.C., each year. Any
member of the Ruth Wyllys Chapter may attend the meetings and festivities at Continental Congress.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 170,000 members in 3,000 Chapters across
the United States and internationally. 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 for membership.
The state of Connecticut has over 40 Chapters state-wide. The Ruth Wyllys Chapter, representing the greater Hartford
area, is one of Connecticut’s oldest Chapters. Our Chapter was founded in 1892 as the third Chapter in the state of
Connecticut. Ruth Wyllys is a very active Chapter, with over 50 members and associate members who live in Hartford
County and beyond.
Connecticut’s Third Chapter, since 1892
DAR Objectives: Historic Preservation, Education, Patriotism DAR Motto: God, Home, and Country
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