Workshop offered for potential DAR, SAR members

Guest Editorial


President, Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert

We just celebrated our nation’s Presidents’ Day, which was historically established to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. (For you history buffs, Washington’s birthday was actually Feb. 11, 1732, under the Julian calendar in effect at that time, but became Feb. 22 under the Georgian calendar adopted in 1752.)

George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during our Revolutionary War, was elected as our country’s first president in 1789 and re-elected in 1792.

Do you have a lineal ancestor in your family who was a contemporary of George Washington, and who “aided in achieving American independence”? If your answer to this question is yes, you may be qualified to become a member of either the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), or the Children of the American Revolution (CAR).

These are patriotic, nonpolitical, nonprofit organizations formed in the 19th century to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, preserve American history and uphold and extend the principles of American liberty. If you demonstrate a direct ancestor that supported the birth of our nation as a contemporary of George Washington, you can join!

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will host a free SAR/DAR Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Historic USO Building located at 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd, starting at 8 a.m. A continental breakfast will be available, and members of a SAR Color Guard – in various Revolutionary uniforms – will start the workshop at 9 a.m.

Representatives from both DAR and SAR will outline what membership in these patriotic organizations means and what the membership requirements are. There will be an outline of how to go about finding and organizing the genealogical information that the membership applications require.

The workshop will also outline key resources that might be used to find that information. Contact information for both DAR and SAR registrars will be distributed, as well as certain other data and background.

While we are a 230-plus-year-old nation of immigrants, some of us are descendants of immigrants who fought for the birth of this nation 240+ years ago.

If you are one of those descendants of a Revolutionary War patriot – or think you might be – come join us at the Historic USO Building on Saturday, Feb. 24!

Story First Published: 2018-02-23