Daughters of the American Revolution (in full: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution), a United States historical, educational, and patriotic society for women. The main requirements for membership are that a woman be at least 18 years old and be able to prove that she is a direct descendant of a revolutionary patriot.
The D.A.R. promotes patriotism, marks historic spots, and encourages historical and genealogical research. In its educational program, the D.A.R. operates two schools in the South and helps support others. It distributes the free D.A.R. Manual for Citizenship and grants students loans and scholarships. The society sponsors Children of the American Revolution, a patriotic organization for boys and girls.
The D.A.R. was founded in 1890. The national headquarters, occupying a city block in Washington, D.C., at 1776 D St., N.W., consists of Memorial Continental Hall, which houses a genealogical library and a museum consisting of 33 period-style rooms; Constitution Hall, a large auditorium; and an administration building. There are more than 200,000 members in more than 3,100 local chapters.