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Springfield, Illinois

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On February 11, 1894, the Springfield Chapter of NSDAR was formed by a group of women committed to following the lead of the NSDAR. The NSDAR was formed on October 11, 1890, by a group of women who felt the desire to express their patriotic feelings and were frustrated by their exclusion from men’s patriotic organizations.  Every chapter member is able to trace her lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot.   The objectives laid forth in the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same in 125 years of active service to the nation.  Those objectives are:  Historical – to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; Educational –to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, “to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion…”; and Patriotic – to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

In addition to serving those in the military and continuing active service to veterans, the Springfield Chapter sponsors DAR Good Citizen Awards and scholarships to area high school seniors who have shown outstanding leadership skills.  For local eighth graders, the chapter awards the Eighth Grade History medal for those students completing the eighth grade who have shown a strong interest in history.  Winter hats, mittens, and scarves are donated to needy children at local grade schools each year.

NSDAR supports several schools across the nation.  The Springfield Chapter supports one of these schools, Tamassee, with monetary gifts and personal comfort items throughout the year.

Along with eight other chapters in our area, our chapter participates in naturalization ceremonies held three times a year at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.  The DAR chapters provide new citizens with flags, and a punch and cookie reception for themselves and their families.

The Springfield Chapter participates in the NSDAR “Celebrate America” online tally which stores member’s non-DAR volunteer hours.  Last year NSDAR members volunteered 4,760,314 hours in service to our communities.  The goal for this year is 10 million. DAR is truly a volunteer service organization!  

Our chapter registrar is available at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library once a month (the first Wednesday) for assistance with questions about DAR and the application process.  For more information, please click on the “Registrar’s Corner” tab at the top of the page.

Our organization is not just about lineage, but is also about giving back with service to our communities, our nation, and the world.  Please consider joining us as we strive to be true to our motto of “God, Home, and Country”.

Susan Beard
Regent, Springfield Chapter NSDAR

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