The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a "nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer woman's service organization" that was founded in 1890. Its goal is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. (1) It is open to "any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence." (2) Documentation must be provided for each statement of birth, marriage and death. The Revolutionary War service of her Patriot ancestor must also be produced.
I have always wanted to join DAR as I believe I have at least one ancestor who served in the American Revolution. It is on my very long "to do" list.
One of the things I noticed when I visited Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Michigan, was a gravestone with a DAR insignia marker. I had never seen one before.
Of course, I had to research this topic. Apparently, there is a special procedure that must be followed in order for a grave to have a marker, and the markers must be officially approved. Here are some websites I found should you want to know more about this custom.
- Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, Frequently Asked Questions, 2005, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (http://www.dar.org/natsociety/faq.cfm#HG6: accessed October 5, 2012).
- Procedure for Granting Permission to Purchase DAR Insignia to Mark Member Graves, Document No. HG-7000 (March 2012), (http://www.dar.org/darnet/forms/HG-7000.PDF: accessed October 5, 2012).
I was curious about Rosemary Thurber Smith, the woman who had this marker, so I looked her up on Google. If I am correct, Rosemary Thurber was an
artist. See AskART: The Artists' Bluebook, Worldwide Edition, 2000-2012 (http://www.askart.com/askart/t/rosemary_thurber/rosemary_thurber.aspx: accessed October 5, 2012).
Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, "Old-Fashioned Silhouettes, 2001.
(1) "What is DAR?" "Become a Member," Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, 2005, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (http://www.dar.org/natsociety/become_member_whatis.cfm: accessed October 5, 2012).
(2) "How Do I Join the DAR?" "Become a Member," Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, 2005, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (www.dar.org/natsociety/become_member_how.cfm: accessed October 5, 2012).