Thank you for visiting the website of the Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. We are very proud of our organization of some 4,000 Mississippi women, whose hard work and concerted efforts make a substantial, positive difference in the lives of all citizens in this state. “God, Home, and Country” is not just a motto for us, but the central theme of our lives.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, both locally and nationally, focus their efforts in three primary areas of volunteer activity—historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
Historic preservation activities first include genealogical research and preservation of historic records, because each of us must be a direct descendant of a patriot who served during the American Revolutionary War. This membership requirement teaches us the skills to research and evaluate historic documents. We are also proud of serious efforts to preserve America’s and Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Our preservation efforts include saving both documents and buildings and marking historic sites. Our National Society cooperates with appropriate, carefully selected, community projects by providing matching funds grants. We ourselves own and care for Rosalie, an early 19th century home in Natchez, and open it almost daily to the public. We firmly believe that understanding the past and accurately preserving its records is vital to understanding the present.
Through sponsorship of Junior American Citizens Clubs and activities, promotion of American History Essay Contests, and DAR Good Citizens recognition, we support public, private, and home-schooled students. There are many national and local scholarships in a wide variety of academic endeavors. We proudly work with the National Society, Children of the American Revolution, to promote good citizenship and leadership skills in our Mississippi youth. The National Society also sponsors other DAR official and DAR approved schools around the country.
While the MSSDAR is a strictly non-political organization, we support our servicemen and veterans with heartfelt love. We believe that a strong national defense is important, and that the men and women who have provided, and continue to protect, our freedoms deserve the utmost respect. The list of our patriotic activities includes such commemorative events as Constitution Week celebrations, Veterans Day memorials, and the observance of Flag Day. We send contributions to active servicemen all over the world and help supply local veterans’ facilities with volunteers and donations. ROTC cadets at the high school and college levels are honored through the DAR medals.
I must also mention that, although we work hard, DAR membership is great fun! Working and meeting with like-minded women is a positive joy. There are simply so many parts to this worthy enterprise that it is impossible to detail all of our activities in this small space. If this brief description of our activities is appealing to you, then I encourage you to use our contact us page to reach out to any of our state officers or to your local chapter to learn more about membership requirements. I whole-heartedly believe that this organization is worth your time and attention.
Billie Foutch Breedlove
State Regent, MSSDAR