How the Daughters of the American Revolution Works

DAR Historical Headquarters

DAR headquarters in the spring.
DAR headquarters in the spring.
Photo courtesy NSDAR

The DAR Headquarters is located between a couple of pretty famous national monuments -- the White House and the Washington Monument. In fact, DAR National Headquarters is a historic landmark in itself. According to the organization, it "is one of the world's largest buildings of its kind owned and maintained exclusively by women" [source: DAR].

Visitors can do more than just tour the premises. It is regularly rented out for special events, from weddings to corporate events to bat mitzvahs.

One of DAR Headquarters' most famous event facilities is Memorial Continental Hall. Built in 1905, this is the oldest of the DAR buildings. Continental Hall includes the DAR Library, which boasts a huge genealogical research collection that comes in handy for prospective members. There are also more than 30 period rooms on the premises. Each room displays a scene from an early American home. Continental Hall is a popular site for weddings and other events -- even prime-time television shows, commercials and movies have been filmed on its premises.

Constitution Hall, which was built in 1929, is the site of the annual DAR Continental Congress, or membership convention. Constitution Hall is currently the largest concert hall in Washington, D.C., and is nationally recognized as a center for the performing arts. Crowds of nearly 4,000 people can gather here for events like graduations, concerts, gala dinners and more. A schedule of upcoming events at Constitution Hall is regularly updated and available on the DAR Web site.

The Administration Building holds offices for such necessary departments as membership and events scheduling. It is also home to the Americana Collection and the gallery of the museum.

In the next section, we'll learn about DAR's three main initiatives.