RIDGWAY--The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the club's founding in Elk County, just 25 years after the National organization was formed, on Saturday at the Royal Inn.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a vibrant history while also being truly relevant in today's world. More than 1,000,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded over 125 years ago. They became members to honor their heritage and make a difference in their communities across the country and the world.

Membership in the DAR is not just as simple as simply deciding to join. While members of the DAR are women from diverse backgrounds and have various interests, their common bond is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution. Regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, any woman can prove this lineage is eligible to join. The Local and National chapters of the DAR will assist interested women in their search.

The tracing of ancestry has become much easier in the internet age, with websites such as Ancestry.com and others quickly allowing people access to family trees that have been forgotten by age and time. This interest in genealogy has spurred interest in the DAR, which has enjoyed a steady rise in membership thanks to the internet.

With over 125 years of tradition, over 930,000 members admitted since its founding, and a vast array of service work, the DAR also has a historic National Headquarters building with extraordinary collections. DAR Chapters all over the county hold countless activities taking place locally, nationally, and globally.

The organization was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. These timeless, overarching principles keep the DAR strong and vitally relevant in this ever-changing world.

The local chapter's website can give interested Elk County residents more information at pssdar.org/chapter_sites/pennelk.php, or search on the National site at dar.org.

DAR Elk County Regent Mary-Ellen Badeau and Vice Regent Cytheria Hornung lead the local chapter members and many guests from other DAR Pennsylvania Chapters through a fun-filled program featuring stories of road trips singing, and other adventures the women of the DAR have participated in over the years.

Steeped in history, the DAR works closely with local historical societies and veterans organizations in their promotion of both history and patritiorism. The local chapter is growing and always welcomes new applicants.

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