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A Brief History

The Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in 1894. Anna Ewing Cockerell was Missouri's first State Regent, and organizing regent of the Elizabeth Benton Chapter, Kansas City, Missouri, the oldest chapter in the state of Missouri.

Prior to the purchase of Roslyn Heights in 1983, the historic J. Huston Tavern, in Arrow Rock, Missouri, was the home of the Missouri DAR. The Old Kitchen, located in the tavern, is still maintained by the Missouri Daughters. The room was the state project of Honorary State Regent Lonabess C. Barnett, Jr., and is furnished with items belonging to the DAR and in keeping with the period of the tavern. A marker was placed on the door designating the room as being the project of the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. In view of the MSSDAR's long association with the tavern, it seemed appropriate to maintain a presence there for visitors to enjoy.

About Us

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.

State Headquarters

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 Mansions."

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 Preservation).


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 Washington, D.C.

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.

Genealogy Research

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.