December 5, 2019

James Stewart members attend DAR National Conference

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(Washington, D.C.) — NSDAR members from around the world were in attendance at the recent National Conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held in Washington, D.C.

The 128th Continental Congress is an annual event and this year hosted over 4,000 members.

This week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings and various social functions. Each of the long days ended with a formal evening ceremony celebrating DAR award winners from around the country and features a band from each branch of the Armed Forces.

Each evening function began with the traditional “flag drop” in the beautiful and historic Constitution Hall. You may recognize this special venue from past episodes of Jeopardy.

At the Opening Night Ceremony, Alex Trebek was honored in absentia with the DAR Americanism Award. American Essay winners from around the country read their essays to a large crowd on Education Night. Veterans were honored on Service to America Night.

The DAR Continental Congress is time-honored annual event that has been held in Washington since the organization’s founding in 1890.

NSDAR Headquarters is located at 1776 D Street and covers an entire city block in Washington. It is one of the largest structures in the world that is entirely owned by women.

In addition to a place to convene each year to discuss ideas and empower each other, this historic building houses on of the largest genealogy libraries in the country and a museum that is open to the public.

Of the many displays and artifacts in the DAR Museum, one can find an original signature of each signer of the U.S. Constitution and an original signature from each signed of the Declaration of Independence. The Georgia Room is a representation of Tondee’s Tavern in Savannah.

There were opportunities throughout the week to visit other historic sites in and around the DC area.  Chapter members also toured our nation’s Capital, visited Mount Vernon, visited the various historic monuments in the area, and watched the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or contact your local DAR Chapter at jamesstewartchapterdar@gmail.com.

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