DAR Sees U.S. Constitution is Celebrated in Local Libraries

Don José Verdugo Chapter DAR member Suzanne Stanfill (right) has been busy placing displays in both the Montrose and La Cañada Flintridge libraries to encourage citizens to reflect on the country’s heritage of freedom. A display will also be placed in the La Crescenta Library. Viewing the displays, from left, are DAR members Mary Hassen, Chapter Regent Caroline Craven, Connie Cianciarulo and Stanfill.

Sixty-one years ago, in 1955, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated to observe Constitution Week. One year later National’s resolution was adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956. Since that time Don José Verdugo Chapter members have worked diligently to bring awareness and the history of the Constitution to local communities.

Caroline Craven, newly installed Chapter Regent said, “The signing of the Constitution is one of America’s greatest events and the foundation of this country, both of which are often forgotten. I encourage everyone to visit one of the local displays.”

Craven also asked that community members post photos on social media using #constitutionweek to help build awareness of Constitution Week.

The principles of DAR are to perpetuate the memory and spirit of men and women who fought for and achieved American independence, to preserve historical landmarks, documents, relics and records of service by Revolutionary soldiers and patriots.

More than 930,000 members have been admitted since its founding in 1890. DAR is known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world. There are currently over 170,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. DAR is a lineage society that is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to patriotism, historic preservation, and education. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. To learn more go to www.dar.org or contact the Don José Verdugo Chapter at (818) 249-5472.