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Who We Are

Chapter Birthday CakeBalcones Chapter, NSDAR, in Austin is a friendly and active group numbering about 80 women. Our chapter is strong in genealogy, history, and outreach to veterans and troops. We also have a broad range of interests in areas such as conservation, women’s issues, and the arts.

Our chapter was founded October 17, 1975, as part of the patriotic enthusiasm leading up to America's Bicentennial. Twenty-five organizing members signed the charter at our founding, and several charter members remain active members today. We encourage leadership and involvement by new members and longer-term members.

The name "Balcones" was selected in honor of the chapter's location in Central Texas, where the Balcones Escarpment is a major geographical feature.

We welcome visitors and prospective members and are happy to help with the steps to join DAR.

Programs and Activities

Some of our recent programs and activities include:

  • Chapter meeting programs: Letters Home from World War I, Antique Toys in the DAR Museum, Hispanic Patriots in the Revolution, the Texas National Guard, and Preserving Family Photographs
  • Genealogy workshops and helping our prospective members join DAR
  • With area DAR chapters, cleaning up a historic cemetery in South Austin (2015); placing holiday wreaths on graves at the Texas State Cemetery (2016)
  • Interviewing veterans for the Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project
  • Collecting “box tops” and “labels” for education to donate to DAR schools
  • Supporting active-duty military families during the holiday season
  • Writing and delivering Christmas and Hanukkah cards to patients at the VA hospital in Temple
  • Meeting Texas State DAR officers at a summer tea
  • Helping plant a butterfly garden
  • Marching in the Veterans Day parade
  • Logging more than 2000 volunteer hours volunteering outside of DAR
  • Celebrating Constitution Week
Camp Mabry Muster Chapter Regent at Viet Nam Memorial Event
Veterans Day Parade Delivering Cards to veterans

TXDAR Recognition