New York, New York


The chapter was organized in the Parish House of St. Stephen’s Church, West 69th Street in New York City (NYC).  The Rector, Reverend Charles Russell Treat, spouse of organizer Julia Treat, served as the chapter’s first chaplain.  In 1901, the chapter honored Reverend Treat by presenting a tablet to the church.

During our chapter's 124-year history, our members have placed several historical tablets throughout Manhattan to mark important locations, events, and people related to the Revolutionary War.

Our current project sees our chapter collaborating with a NYC public middle school to create narrative panels signifying the location of our nation's first presidential mansion, which has long since become a part of the Brooklyn Bridge, along with our 1899 plaque marking its location.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting NYC adventure.

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NSDAR Motto: "God, Home and Country"

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization comprising 3,000 chapters and more than 180,000 members.

The Mary Washington Colonial Chapter NSDAR was organized on November 28, 1896, and our founders chose to honor a woman and a concept with our chapter's name.






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Mary Ball Washington was the second wife of Augustine Washington, and George was her first child. She was deemed by the chapter founders to be the most sacred and noble character among women in the annals of American colonial and revolutionary history. Certainly, history has shown that she had a profound influence on the life of the first president of the United States.

Colonial was added to the name to acknowledge the debt that the American Revolution owed to the colonial years, when the foundation of the republic was laid and the principles of self-government fostered.

Our chapter meets in Manhattan with more than 125 members actively devoted to historic preservation, education, and patriotic endeavors.

We provide support to veterans and active duty military personnel, award JROTC and DAR Good Citizens Medals to NYC-area students, and support patriotic events such as the New York City Flag Day and the Veterans Day parades.





Through recent chapter programs MWCC members have: 

  • heard the compelling story of his "Alive Day" from US Army hero and Purple Heart recipient CW O'Brien

  • learned about the ASPCA's crucial and life-saving animal rescue services

  • been inspired by the trailblazing role of female pilots with a talk from MWCC member and pilot Karen

  • received hands-only CPR training

  • helped pack 1200 meals for food insecure New Yorkers

  • sponsored the Second Place winner of the NY State DAR Flag of the United States of America Essay Contest

  • presented a DAR award for exemplary and courageous service to FDNY Engine 54 / Ladder 4 / Battalion 9 in remembrance and recognition of their station's work and loss on 9/11  

  • volunteered in a Purple Heart 'return' ceremony with Purple Hearts Reunited, returning 8 Purple Hearts once lost

  • met with decorated veterans of World War II, Vietnam, the Iraq Wars and Operation Enduring Freedom

  • hosted noted author of "The Pledge" Peter Meyer during Constitution Week 

  • donated to build custom adaptive homes for catastrophically wounded veterans through A Soldier's Journey Home

  • received a private tour of the National Museum of the American Indian led by its architect, a MWCC member 

  • literally dug in to improve the grounds at historic Snug Harbor in Staten Island with State Regent Nancy W. Zwetsch 

  • held a Junior Committee Bake Sale which paid for a playground set for the Kate Duncan Smith DAR school

  • celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage with the NY State Lt. Governor

  • donated 20 lbs of costume jewelry for sale to benefit the Tamassee DAR School

  •  volunteered for The Jericho Project to improve the home of New Yorkers struggling with homelessness and poverty

  • sent 100% of the profits of our Second Annual Mother's Day Luncheon to the Blessings Bags program at KDS

  • hosted Registrar-led genealogy workshops for prospectives and members alike 

Upcoming events include our first chapter meeting of 2020 in February and the next MWCC Junior Committee-hosted "Mary Washington Wednesday" meet and greet.


MWCC invites you to SAVE THE DATE for our THIRD Annual Mother's Day Luncheon on May 2nd!

We are #TodaysDAR

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A few photos from nearly 124 years of Mary Washington Colonial Chapter NSDAR history. Ready to add yours?

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