During World War I, DAR members stepped up to the plate and provided various types of assistance to aid in the war effort. They did everything from supporting French orphans, collaborating with the Red Cross, providing funds, educating members about conserving resources, and encouraging members to volunteer. One of their projects included providing chickens to France. "Daughters collected dimes and quarters for the cause and in return gave contributors buttons reading "I have a chicken in France.""* The DAR magazine reported on these efforts in columns like "Work of the Chapters." Know what chapter your DAR ancestor was a member of? These columns can provide a look at what they were doing for the war effort.
This particular issue's column (September 1918) includes page upon page of work done by chapters including photos of members. This issue also provides more details of war work in the column DAR War Service Department .
- Do you have a DAR member in your family tree? Were they a member during 1917-1918?
- What chapter did they belong to?
- Any home sources that document their DAR membership?
- Have you tried reconstructing their life as a DAR member?
Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine on Internet Archive
Daughters of the American Revolution
*"At the Ready. Daughters Aid in War Recovery," Daughters of the American Revolution (http://www.dar.org/sites/default/files/QuasquiFlashbackMJ15.pdf: accessed 12 March 2017).