The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), founded in 1890, is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to keeping America strong by promoting patriotism, preserving history, and supporting education programs. When a woman joins the DAR, she enters a network of more than 175,000 women who form lifelong bonds. The Nebraska State Society, founded in 1894, currently has approximately 1100 members in 27 chapters throughout the state. Nebraska Daughters strive to promote the themes and objectives of NSDAR through work in their local chapters with guidance from state and national leadership.
Founded in 1896, the Omaha Chapter has more than 200 members whose lineage has been verified by NSDAR. Omaha Daughters range in age from 18-92 and include college students, young mothers, members of the military, members of the work force, active volunteers, and retirees. Each member has a unique facet to offer the chapter.
While the NSDAR is the national organization, the Omaha Chapter has a long history of local community service. Annual activities include:
- Assisting prospective members in completing their applications;
- Participating in monthly naturalization ceremonies to welcome new citizens;
- Sponsorship of an American History Essay contest in area elementary schools;
- Presentation of ROTC awards to local high schools and universities;
- Supporting veterans at the VA Hospital and Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home;
- Preservation of historical sites with the presentation of memorial markers;
- Providing a Regents Honorarium to a chapter member who is attending a college or university and is on the Dean’s list from that institution; and
- Participation in a variety of community and individual projects promoting patriotism and historic preservation.
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a chapter or as a Member-At- Large. Prospective members must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. The Omaha Chapter has established a volunteer Lineage Committee to meet with prospective members, provide research assistance, and guide them through the application process. More information regarding eligibility or to request assistance may be found here.
The Omaha Chapter meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. To accommodate the diversity of our membership, the chapter hosts both luncheon and dinner meetings. Prospective members interested in participating in the historical, educational, and patriotic activities of the NSDAR are always welcomed to our chapter meetings. If you are interested, please RSVP using the form below indicating the date and time you would like to attend.