The Lady Washington Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is the largest DAR chapter in the world. Our chapter (first in Houston and fifth in Texas) was established November 14, 1899, by Organizing Regent Ella Hutchins Sydnor, then Vice Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Mrs. Sydnor was a descendant of Austin's Old 300 Colony was State Regent from 1904 to 1910. The Lady Washington Chapter has a current membership of approximately 600. We meet monthly, October through May; additional special events are also scheduled throughout the year. If you would like to attend a Chapter meeting please contact us.
Our Chapter is named in honor of Martha Dandrige Custis Washington, wife of George Washington. Because of her kindness to her husband's troops during the campaign at Cambridge in 1775, she earned the affectionate title, Lady Washington.
The National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C., on October 11, 1890. Today, the non-profit, non-political Society has 170,000 members and 3,000 chapters across the United States and around the world. The NSDAR is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. DAR members volunteer more than 55,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
The Lady Washington Chapter is active at the local, state, and
national levels sponsoring scholarships and education funds in Houston, at the
Tamassee DAR School and at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. The Chapter also
presents Good Citizenship Awards to a high school senior and to grade students
in the Houston area. We also award JROTC Certificates and Medals to students at
twelve high schools and to students at Rice University, the University of
Houston, and Prairie View A & M University.
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