Missouri currently has over 5,600 DAR members and 104 chapters located throughout the state.
Since 1894, Missouri Daughters have supported the objectives of the National Society. Daughters share a love of
country and are bound together by a rich heritage that directly contributed to the privileges we enjoy today.
The state motto for the 2016-2018 administration is "Three CHEERS for Missouri DAR in Historic
Preservation, Education, and Patriotism,” which encompasses the passion and enthusiasm Missouri Daughters share
everyday throughout their communities. Daughters of the American Revolution are proud to share their message with you. It's
a message of family traditions, values, honor, and service; it's a message of knowledge, strength, power, and love; it's a
message about the real American spirit.
We represent the thousands of men and women who fought to obtain our American independence and establish a nation
based upon individual rights and freedom of choice. We proudly sponsor programs and activities encouraging education,
patriotism, and historic preservation. We not only honor our American patriots, but all who serve or have served in
national defense, including all branches of the armed forces and first responders.
Roslyn Heights, an elegant Queen Anne style mansion, located in Boonville, Missouri, serves as the
Missouri State Society's headquarters. The home, built by Wilbur T. and Rhoda Stephens Johnson in 1895, was purchased by
the Missouri State Society DAR in 1983, and was featured in the November 2012 issue of
Missouri Life magazine, as one of the last of the "Main Street
The home, open daily by appointment, is also available for non-DAR events
such as meetings, weddings, teas, anniversaries, and other social activities. For more
information contact State Curator, Norma Johnson.
Roslyn Heights is among the many properties that have been officially recorded in the
National Historic Register as a direct result of Missouri Daughters
(see historic markers).
Properties owned by the Missouri State Society DAR include Roslyn Heights and the historic Cold
Water Cemetery, in Florissant, Missouri. The State Society is also responsible for maintaining trail markers, including the
beautiful Madonna of the Trail in Lexington, Missouri, and the Missouri Period Room at the National Headquarters in
Missouri State Flag
For more than a century after achieving statehood, Missouri did not have an official flag. The idea
for a flag originated in 1908 when the Daughters of the American Revolution formed a committee to look into designing a
state flag. Mrs. Marie Watkins Oliver, State Regent (1910-1912), member of Nancy Hunter Chapter, Cape Girardeau, and wife of
Senator Robert Burett Oliver, was the head of the committee. Mrs. Oliver eventually designed the flag herself, and on
March 17, 1909, a bill supporting the design was introduced to the Missouri Senate.
The DAR is generally recognized as a lineage society because of its membership eligibility
requirements and extensive genealogy research. In recent years, through the use of computer technology, the DAR has
constructed a vast computer database to share historical documents and records. This is a free service provided by the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution. Visit the National Society's website for more information:
Genealogical Research System.
Missouri Daughters were instrumental in founding the Jackson County Genealogical Society and starting the genealogy
library in Independence, Missouri, in 1928. It is now considered to be one of the best genealogy libraries in the nation.
Missouri Daughters on the Missouri DAR State Speakers Bureau may be invited to present programs to
your group or organization. Contact us for a list of topics and speakers available in your area.