Homepage of James Halstead Sr., DAR Chapter

Homepage for James Halstead Sr., DAR Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Illinois State Organization

Mrs. Lyle E. Hinshaw State Regent

About the National Society

Incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896 and the charter being signed by the President, Grover Cleveland, the NSDAR reports annually to the U.S. Congress through the Smithsonian Institution. The NSDAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer service organization with over 170,000 women representing all races, cultures, ages and walks of life in 2950 Chapters in all the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Germany and United Kingdom. The Society was founded in Washington, D. C., on October 11, 1890.

The Daughters are the only Women's Organization that owns and maintains a full city block located at 1776 D St. NW, in Washington D. C. The three buildings: Memorial Continental Hall, Constitution Hall, and the Administration Building house a large Genealogy Library, the Seimes Microfilm Center, a wonderful Museum which is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Who is eligible for membership in DAR

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than 18 years of age and who can prove lineal blood descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death.

Admission to membership in the NSDAR provides a unique opportunity to establish a family's heritage and service to the nation.

DAR members are available to help you document your lineage for membership.

Illinois State Organization Founded in 1892

The Illinois State Organization and Illinois Daughters provide strong leadership in the fields of: Conservation, Education and Educational Scholarships Genealogy and Family History Historical Preservation and Restoration Service to Veterans

The Illinois State Organization and Daughters support Berry College in Rome, GA; Hindman Settlement School in Hazard, KY; Hillside School in Marlboro, MA; Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC; Kate Duncan Smith School in Grant, AL and Tamassee DAR School in Tamassee, SC.


provide vererans with comfort items and equipment in VA hospitals and nursing homes

promote knowledge of National Defense

provide funds for the above schools

promote Junior American Citizens and Good Citizen progrms in the schools

provide scholarships, supplies and programs for Native American schools

give service to communities by celebrating all patriotic holidays, and encourage everyone to fly the American flag.

promote historical markings and research of historical people and places.

give manuals to immigrants in order to help them become citizens

take every opportunity to promote patriotism and love of country

help people with genealogy research and promote preservation of records

Acceptable Service

The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows: Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Military Service, such as participation in: Army and Navy of the Continental Establishment State Navy State and Local Militia Privateers Military or Naval Service performed by French nationals in the American theater of war

Civil Service, under authority of Provisional or new State Governments State Officials County and Town Officials (Town Clerk, Selectman, Juror, Town Treasurer, Judge, Sheriff, Constable, Jailer, Surveyor of Highways, Justice of the Peace, etc.)

Patriotic Service, which includes: Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, and Assemblies Membership in committees made necessary by the War, including service on committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies from April 1774, such as Committees of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety, committees to care for soldier's families, etc. Signer of Oath of Fidelity and Support, Oath of Allegiance, etc. Members of the Boston Tea Party Defenders of Forts and Frontiers, and Signers of petitions addressed to and recognizing the authority of the Provisional and new State Governments Doctors, nurses, and others rendering aid to the wounded (other than their immediate families) (Acceptable Service Continued)

Ministers who gave patriotic sermons and encouraged patriotic activity Furnishing a substitute for military service Prisoners of war or refugees from occupying forces Prisoners on the British ship Old Jersey or other prison ships Service in the Spanish Troops under Galvez or the Louisiana Militia after 24 December 1776 Those who rendered material aid, such as furnishing supplies with or without remuneration, lending money to the Colonies, munitions makers, gunsmiths, etc.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution motto:


NSDAR Objectives

Historic Preservation Promotion of Education Patriotic Endeavor

Fly Your Flag

Columbus Day October 12 Election Day 1st Tues, November Veterans Day November 11 Lincoln's Birthday February 12 Washington's Birthday February 22 Memorial Day Last Monday in May Flag Day June 14 Independence Day July 4

If you would like more information about the Illinois State Organization; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution our contacts are:

Mrs. Louis L. Myers, Jr. State Organizing Secretary 595 Lime Dr. Petersburg, IL 62675-9754 e-mail: polly180@juno.com Phone: 217-632-7076 FAX: 217-632-7155

Your Local DAR Contact Scarlett Williamson, Registrar 10953 E. 1825th Ave. Hutsonville, IL 62433-2005 Phone: 618-563-4531 email: rabbitridge@frsb.net

Please complete the following information:

Name: ..................................................... Address: .................................................. ....................................................... ....................................................... Phone: .....................................................

Please mail the above information to one of the Daughters above. We welcome all prospective members.

Please visit our Web Sites: NSDAR Web Site: www.dar.org ILDAR Web Site: www.members.home.net/alv1229/

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