I have been thrilled to hear from so many chapters and members this month about your plans to celebrate Constitution Week. With the last days of summer upon us and the start of another school year, there is no time like the present to get involved. Contact your local schools, adopt a class, get creative, contact your local politicians for proclamations, encourage your local churches to ring bells, set up displays, contact the press. However you choose to celebrate, no matter what your budget allows, you can’t go wrong.
For the past 59 years, the DAR has celebrated...Read More
September 12-15 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore during which Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner which became our National Anthem in 1931. No doubt you are familiar with the story of the battle which inspired the song, but I thought you might enjoy more flag facts from the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill (1776–1857) was contracted to sew two flags for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The one that became the Star-Spangled Banner was a 30 x 42–foot garrison flag; the other was a 17 x 25–foot storm flag for use in inclement weather. Pickersgill, a thirty-...Read More
More than 113 years ago, one chapter in one state decided that it was important to help educate children about America. In 1901, the Cincinnati Chapter in Ohio started a club “to teach…children some knowledge of the underlying principles of our government, of American sentiment, and of all that will go toward making them good citizens”; they called it the Junior American Citizens Committee (JAC). Today chapters continue to teach these same principles in America’s classrooms, scouting groups, home schools, C.A.R. societies, and service organizations.
In 2013, 41 states involved over 16,000 students pre-K through...Read More