Historic preservation, education and patriotism are the goals of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), now celebrating the 125th anniversary.
In October of 1890, four women including Mary DeShea from Kentucky, came together in Washington, D.C. to establish the national society for women who could prove lineage from a Revolutionary War soldier or civilian that championed the cause of founding our nation’s independence.
October also marked the establishment of the local chapter of NSDAR. Mable Green Condon was instrumental in establishing the Mountain Trail Chapter in October 1930. Condon, a local historian, also served as Mountain Trail’s first regent.
Today, the NSDAR boasts upwards of 950,000 women that continue the missions of the society through various service projects on both the national and state levels.
The NSDAR supports several schools in the Appalachian region including Hindman Settlement School. Each of these supported school (six) receive financial assistance from NSDAR members, as well as scholarships and material donations.
Local chapters work with local school systems to recognize students’ achievements and to notify counselors of scholarships available in nursing, occupational therapy, political science, history, government and economics.
Historical preservation is an area of concern for the NSDAR, such as preserving historical sites and monuments and historical documents and items. These documents and various items are on display in both the states and national museum in Washington.
Patriotism is basic to the NSDAR. Respect for early patriots and their activities parallels respect the society has for the current men and women in the military.
Service projects for today’s military persons include sending financial assistance and material items to VA hospitals and nursing homes. Also, care packages and greeting cards are sent to Landsthul Medical Center in Germany to cheer up wounded veterans.
Part of NSDAR’s patriotic preservation service is to gather either audio or video accounts of each veteran’s service record for posterity.
Any woman 18 or over that can prove lineage to a Revolutionary War soldier or person that aided the Continental Army, is eligible to join NSDAR. Genealogy assistance is available through the Mountain Trail.