The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a volunteer service organization based on lineage from a man or woman who fought in or gave aid to the American Revolution. We preserve historic buildings and artifacts; provide contests, awards and scholarships; support schools, and develop good citizens while celebrating the exceptional events in our American history. Our mission is to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
The St. Joseph Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, along with representatives from both the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), and the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR), were thrilled to see the completed 1860s one-room schoolhouse, The Pony School, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony in April 2011. In May 2011,the NSDAR donated $10,000 to the Pony Express National Museum's Pony School project.
Since its founding, the St. Joseph Chapter has undertaken many projects. For example, we placed markers on the graves of two Revolutionary veterans, John Griffith and John Davis. Since 1913, we have participated in Arbor Day tree plantings to help beautify our city. We are proud of St. Joseph's Pony Express monument, erected in 1913, shown above. The Pony Express monument marks the site of the beginning of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860. In addition, we support veterans and those men and women serving in the military and honor outstanding local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students.