ACTIVITIES

The DAR is a women’s service organization.  Since their founding in 1890, members have been active in their communities preserving history, promoting education, and encouraging patriotism. 

America 250

We stand on the eve of a grand commemoration. In July 2026, the United States will mark its 250th anniversary – and DAR is preparing to celebrate in a big way!

 

This occasion provides DAR members, as descendants of the generation that secured American independence, the remarkable opportunity to celebrate the longevity of the democratic experiment for which our ancestors fought, not even knowing if the new nation would survive. The upcoming anniversary also offers a chance to help our fellow Americans explore their family histories and discover the roles their ancestors played in founding the nation and shepherding its progress through the generations.

 

Come join us!

America 250 | Daughters of the American Revolution (dar.org)

Local Activities

Historic Preservation

Interviews Oregon veterans as part of the DAR Veterans History Project

Purchased and dedicated a historic marker commemorating Bend's Reid School's 100th anniversary

Honors local volunteers in support of historic preservation

Education

Sponsors two annual COCC Nursing Scholarships

Sponsors annual American History Essay Contest, 5th-8th grades

Sponsors annual Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Contest, High School

Literacy Projects - National award winner in 2015 and 2016

Donates over 7,000 new and used children's books to children in need since 2014

Honors local volunteers in support of the arts and education

Sponsors a children's "Little Free Library" at Bend's Environmental Center Learning Garden

 

Patriotism

Participates in local Memorial Day Services

Participates in local Veterans Day Parades

Participates in local 4th of July community activities 

Arranges for local Constitution Week Proclamations and displays

Coordinates the annual Wreaths Across America ceremonies

Recognizes outstanding Central Oregon Junior ROTC cadets yearly

Honors local volunteers in support of service to veterans

Sends cards and care packages to deployed troops

Co-sponsored a local National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony in 2018

Annually sends 500+ holiday cards to veterans in care facilities across Oregon

Honored over 200 Vietnam veterans with Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration certificates and pins