DAR Surpasses One Million Members Since its Founding

Cape Cod DAR Chapter Marks Milestone by Celebrating its Local Members

Barnstable, Massachusetts – This fall the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will surpass ONE MILLION total members who have joined the organization since its founding in 1890. The DAR is a Women’s Service Organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War.

The Capt. Joshua Gray – Jonathan Hatch DAR Chapter, covering all of Cape Cod, is excited to join the National Society in celebrating this milestone by spotlighting members of the chapter through the years.

Throughout Capt. Joshua Gray – Jonathan Hatch Chapter’s 85 year history, its membership has included many remarkable women from our local Cape communities:  Sara Painter Baker, who also became Massachusetts State Regent, Shirley Clark, Eleanor Krake, Charleen Lambert and Carol Kelley.  Current member and author, Amy Whorf McGuiggan, researched and discovered eight previously unidentified Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Winthrop Street Cemetery, Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Those Patriots are now available to other generations in their genealogical lineage research.  These are just a few of the one million women who have joined DAR since 1890. Each DAR member has a unique story, but all share a passion for historic preservation, education and patriotism and a dedication to her local community. .

The Capt. Joshua Gray – Jonathan Hatch DAR Chapter focuses much of its efforts on education, awarding a $500 and a $250 scholarship annually to Cape High School seniors through their Good Citizens Program. The remaining Good Citizens from the other 14 high schools receive $75 (total of $1,050) for participation in a patriotic essay competition.  The Chapter has also endowed the Cape Cod Community College with a $10,000 Military Veterans Scholarship, which is awarded annually.  All of these costs are covered by the Chapter’s fundraising efforts.  In addition, the Chapter annually makes contributions to historic preservation projects on Cape Cod.  For the Mayflower 400th Anniversary, the Chapter is funding an exhibit of Wampanoag Tribe and other native peoples’ artifacts entitled “The First Peoples of Cape Cod”, which will be housed at the 1869 Schoolhouse Museum in Eastham.  Over the past three years, the Chapter has marked the graves of seven Winthrop Street Cemetery Revolutionary War Patriots, in Provincetown.  The eighth Provincetown Patriot, Seth Nickerson, will be honored by this DAR Chapter at his grave marking ceremony on November 11, at 11:00 a.m., in the Winthrop Street Cemetery.  Nickerson family descendants and the public are invited to attend.  Each of these eight bronze and granite Patriot grave markers are provided by the Cape Cod DAR Chapter, at a cost of $1,500 per marker.  All of the above expenses, borne by the Chapter, significantly benefit education and historic preservation efforts in Cape cod communities.   The DAR Chapter members also annually contribute supplies to Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, to be distributed to men and women who are deployed abroad.  In addition, the Capt. Joshua Gray – Jonathan Hatch Chapter’s 100 members personally volunteer to serve their individual communities on Cape Cod through its many schools, churches and other civic service organizations, under the DAR “Service to America” initiative.

Women interested in DAR membership may contact Sandy Hayden, Chapter Regent, at [email protected].  Interested prospective members are invited to attend a Chapter meeting and to inquire about resources within the Chapter to perform genealogic research in order to identify a Revolutionary War Patriot and become a Daughter of the American Revolution.  It is the largest Women’s’ Service Organization in America, and is now one million strong!  If you are interested in learning more about DAR membership, visit the Cape Cod chapter website:  www.CapeCodDAR.com, or

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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. For more than 125 years, the DAR has strived to bring awareness to the honorable sacrifices and enduring legacy of all patriots who fought for America’s freedom. Through the DAR Genealogical Research System (www.dar.org/GRS), the public can access a free database of information amassed by the DAR about these patriots. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s service organization with more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. 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. DAR members passionately carry out the timeless mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.dar.org

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