Chapter History


Since its organization in 1892, the Philadelphia Chapter, NSDAR has been an active participant in achieving the goals of the society: historical, patriotic and educational.

The city of Philadelphia gave our chapter permission to undertake the restoration of the second floor of Independence Hall including the banquet room and assembly chambers. After raising $5,000 (an enormous sum for the day) and extensive historical research, T. Mellon Rogers, a prominent architect, was hired to execute the work. The restoration was completed in February 1897 and presented to the city.

1900s to 1949

Throughout its history, our chapter has always supported our troops in conflict. During World War I, we purchased an ambulance and a kitchen trailer to be used on the battlefields of France. Working with the Red Cross, canteens, and blood banks, members raised thousands of dollars and spent countless hours of volunteer work for Americans in military service in all wars. Currently we are sending packages to troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

1950 to the Present

The Philadelphia Chapter strongly supports the education of America’s youth. In the 1950s, we began a program to recognize exceptional youth in the Philadelphia area with the American History Award and the Good Citizenship Medal. By 1972, this program had evolved into an annual luncheon honoring the students with parents and faculty attending. This past year, sixty-two students were honored. In 1976, a Bicentennial Ball was held honoring the Declaration of Independence and DAR State Regents from the thirteen original colonies were invited. Debutantes were presented and colonial dances were performed. The proceeds were used to award scholarships to college students majoring in American History. Scholarships are still awarded as funds permit. We also sponsor students applying for state and national DAR scholarships.

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