With more than 100 years of tradition, over 850,000 members admitted since its founding, a vast array of service work, an historic National Headquarters building with extraordinary collections, and countless activities taking place locally, nationally, and globally, there is much to learn about the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The organization was founded in 1890, dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. They are the timely, over arching principles that keep the DAR strong and vitally relevant in this ever-changing world.
This nonprofit, nonpolitical, volunteer women's service organization, dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education, consists of nearly 168,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world. These vibrant, active women are the heart of the organization. We are Today's DAR.
The Towamencin Chapter of DAR is located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and was organized on Friday, November 12, 1954, in the parish house of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church by 30 founding members. Since its founding, the Towamencin Chapter has been active within the community and the National Society.
- During the 1963 American History Essay Contest, the National Society winner was a student whose essay was submitted through Towamencin Chapter.
- Towamencin DAR Chapter donated an original George Washington painting, "The Journey," to the Lansdale Historical Society, and also presented a DAR Community Service Award to the society for its efforts in creating the Research Center at the Historical Society’s headquarters on Jenkins Avenue in Lansdale.
- The Labor Lyceum Senior Center was the recipient of several original paintings of historical sites by Nancy Mortensen, a Towamencin Chapter member.
Today the chapter continues to perpetuate the National Society's mission by participating in local parades; publicizing chapter events so that citizens have the opportunity to enjoy our programs and speakers; awarding students who participate in the NSDAR American History Essay Contest; and holding an annual workshop for prospective members as well as interested citizens working on genealogy.
We meet the second Saturday of each month to discuss organizational business, objectives, and to celebrate history. We look forward to meeting you.