Welcome to the Missouri State Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
Missouri Daughters have been serving their communities since 1894. Our focus is on historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
With over 100 years of service to Missouri communities, our mission is to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. We own and operate two historic properties listed on the National Historic Register--Roslyn Heights in Boonville, Missouri, our state headquarters, and Cold Water Cemetery in Florissant, Missouri. The Madonna of the Trail, located in Lexington, Missouri, is a national landmark proudly maintained by Missouri Daughters. With the help of Judge Harry S. Truman in the early 1900s, Missouri Daughters were instrumental in gaining U.S. Congressional approval for our National Society to erect twelve identical statutes across America honoring pioneer women, marking the National Old Trails Road from Maryland to California. The Missouri State Society DAR began placing historic markers across the state in the early 1900s. The markers commemorate historic sites, properties, and trails.
Missouri Daughters support education at all levels by providing interesting and informative programs, by working with schools and youth organizations within their communities, and by promoting literacy through volunteer service at schools or public libraries.
DAR sponsors contests for children in grades 5-12 to encourage greater interest in American history and encourage good citizenship: the American History Essay Contest (grades 5-8); the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest (grades 9-12), and the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship (grade 12). Winners are recognized by their sponsoring chapters, and essays are submitted for the state-level competition.
The DAR supports several schools to help children in remote mountain areas receive an education. Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, in Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School, in Tamassee. South Carolina, were both founded by the DAR; however, four other schools are on the DAR approved list: Berry College, Georgia; Crossnore School, North Carolina; Hillside School, Massachusetts; and Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky.
Missouri Daughters sponsor a scholarship fund and provide financial support to Missouri's College of the Ozarks" -- "Hard Work U®" -- where students from low-income families can receive an education while working their way through school without acquiring outstanding debt.
Missouri Daughters support American veterans and Veterans Administration (VA) institutions throughout the state by offering many hours of volunteer service and providing financial support. Additionally, care packages, phone cards, letters, and cards are sent to servicemen and servicewomen abroad, in support of “DAR Project Patriot.” We also mark Revolutionary War patriot graves, and host public ceremonies on Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, and Veterans Day. Missouri DAR has been a strong supporter of The Honor Flight Network for World War II veterans in Missouri.
Missouri Daughters initiated a Patriot of the Month program in 2006, to honor living veterans and active service men and women from all branches of the armed forces, as a way to offer our sincere gratitude for their service to our country.
The DAR recognizes outstanding cadets enrolled in ROTC programs with either a DAR Bronze ROTC Medal (junior or senior high school student or junior college graduating senior), or a DAR Gold ROTC Medal, which is awarded to a college or university graduate commissioned in one of the U.S. Armed Services. The medals represent exemplary leadership and are worn according to ROTC protocol.