The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), founded in 1890, is a nonprofit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization. The
is just one of 43 chapters in the state of Arkansas. With a total state membership of more than 2300 women, all are committed to serving their communities through activities that promote patriotism, preserve American history, and secure America’s future through better education.
Members of the DAR honor and preserve the legacy of their patriot ancestors. Over two hundred years ago, American patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms their descendants enjoy today. Through participation in the Akansa Chapter’s various programs and activities, members continue this legacy. From visiting local schools during Constitution Week to educate students on the founding of our country, to providing Arkansas vets in VA care with a shoe box filled with goodies at Christmas, to making hats for veterans and Indians in Oregon, the Akansa Chapter stays busy and focused. Noted current Akansa Chapter Regent, Peggy Cara, upon completion of Constitution Week activities, “In a society with unlimited access to information that may or may not be correct, it is important that our organization continues this tradition to help assure future generations understand the importance the Constitution has played in our history. More importantly, that it is a living document, still relevant and in place for the future.”
The DAR is thought by many to be a lineage organization, but members are quick to point out that it is actually a service organization. Any woman 18 years of age 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.
Akansa Chapter meets on the first Saturday of the month, September through May, at Woodlands Presbyterian Fellowship Hall. Fellowship is at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. Guests are welcome!