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DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage-based membership organization of women dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. DAR chapters are involved in raising funds for local scholarships and educational awards, preserving historical properties and artifacts and promoting patriotism within their communities.

DAR has chapters in all fifty of the U.S. states as well as in the District of Columbia. There are also DAR chapters in Australia, Austria,the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. DAR's motto is "God, Home, and Country."

Some state chapters of DAR date from as early as October 11, 1890, and the National Society of DAR was incorporated by Congressional charter in 1896. The Julien Dubuque chapter of DAR was organized in 1894 by Clara Aldrich COOLEY and twelve women who met at her home.

One of the best known activities of the DAR in Dubuque has been the marking of historic sites. A bronze plaque was placed on the former Torbert Drug Company at 100 Main St. indicating that this was the beginning of the old MILITARY ROAD. The chapter also sponsored a marker along the route south of Dubuque. In 1923 a monument commemorating the raising of the American flag for the first time in Dubuque County by Zebulon Montgomery PIKE in 1805. This plaque, however, was stolen.