About Missouri DAR
Missouri Daughters share a common bond of ancestry and are proud of their heritage and the role their ancestors played in establishing our great country. Missouri Daughters work tirelessly to perpetuate their memory and spirit by promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
Over 5,000 Missouri Daughters, ranging in age from 18-100+, are “reaching for the stars” through genealogy research, publications, web sites, and community involvement to increase awareness of our organization and the values we represent.
(Above is Roslyn Heights, headquarters for Missouri DAR.)
Below are just a few examples of our work in our communities:
- Outstanding Missouri students are recognized with awards and DAR scholarships for academic excellence, good citizenship, and knowledge of American history.
- Outstanding Missouri citizens are recognized through Community Service Awards, Outstanding Teacher Awards, Junior Reserve Officer Corps (JROTC) Medals, Americanism Awards, and NSDAR Medals of Honor.
- Ongoing genealogical and historic research is documented and preserved for future generations.
- DAR speakers are available to make presentations to your group or organization.
- 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.”
- Several DAR schools are supported by Missouri Daughters, including Tamassee DAR School, Tamassee, South Carolina, where we maintain and support Groves Cottage. The cottage was dedicated and named after Mrs. Frederick A. Groves, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Mrs. Groves was a member of the Nancy Hunter Chapter DAR, and served as President General of the National Society from 1956 to 1959.
- In 1923, the Missouri State Society DAR resolved that the state of Missouri should “acquire the Old Tavern” in Arrow Rock for the purpose of turning it over to the Daughters to “preserve it as a place of historic interest.” The completed initiative paved the way for the restoration of the town which had been untouched by time. The Old Kitchen at the historic Old Tavern is maintained by Missouri Daughters.
- 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 Congressional approval for our National Society to erect 12 identical statutes across America honoring pioneer women, marking the National Old Trails Road from Maryland to California.
- Missouri has placed markers on historic trails and properties across Missouri since the early 1900s.
- The state headquarters of Missouri DAR is a Queen Anne style house, Roslyn Heights. Built in 1895 and located in Boonville, Missouri, it is listed on the National Historic Register.
- Missouri Daughters own and maintain historic Cold Water Cemetery, the oldest protestant cemetery still in use west of the Mississippi River. Located in Florissant, Missouri, it is the resting place of three Revolutionary War soldiers and veterans who fought in the War of 1812, the Seminole War, the War Between the States, the Mexican War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Because of the importance the site played in the early social history of Missouri, it was placed on the National Historic Register in 2004.
- Missouri Daughters were instrumental in founding the Jackson County Genealogical Society and starting the genealogy library in Independence in 1928. It is now considered to be one of the best genealogy libraries in the nation. (See Midwest Genealogy Center)
Please contact us if you support our goals and are interested in DAR membership!