Over two hundred years ago, American colonists, sacrificed their lives and fortunes to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty" and in doing so, left a legacy to the American people. Membership in the DAR will allow you to perpetuate their legacies through supporting the efforts of the National Society by promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. This means that your ancestor could have provided food for soldiers, served in the military, served their town as sheriff, or provided medical aid to the wounded.
Joining the DAR does not require an interest in genealogy, but it helps to have knowledge of your ancestry. To determine your eligibility, you will need to gather documents for yourself, your parents, grandparents, and possibly great-grandparents. With 94 chapters in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR) has volunteers who can assist you if you need help with your research.
Please visit the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution "How to Join" page.
The Shikelimo Chapter, NSDAR, is named for Shikellamy, who was the Head Chief and supervisor for the Six Nations. He protected the Iroquois Indians living on the banks of the Susquehanna River in the mid 1700s. He was an important figure in early Pennsylvania history as a mediator between the early colonial government and the Iroquois chiefs.
The chapter is an active group of women who are involved in the community, and donate time and efforts to service in many ways. Members focus their efforts on activities and collecting items for our nation’s veterans and active duty military personnel. There are many ways for members to participate at every level, from collecting stamps for veterans and Box Tops for DAR sponsored schools, to participating on committees, and to holding an elected office. The chapter strives to keep all members, near and far, updated on chapter, State Society, and National Society events with emails, newsletters, and a Facebook page.
Each year the ladies of Shikelimo Chapter, NSDAR, participate in the many events. Some of which include: the Union County Salute to Veterans Parade in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; the Warrior Run/Fort Freeland Heritage Society's Heritage Days; support of the Regina Hartman Society C.A.R.; the DAR Good Citizens essay contest; and the DAR Community Service Award.
The chapter meets on the first Monday evening of each month, but also has occasional events and dinner meetings on the weekends. Please contact the Regent for a current program schedule. Prospective members are always welcome.