Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR

Programs and Events

Guests are welcome to attend our monthly chapter meetings. Please contact our chapter regent, Kathleen J. Evans, for information.


September 2019

Saturday, September 14: NJ State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. Please contact our chapter regent if you'd like to volunteer at the NJDAR table.

Sunday, September 15, 1:00 PM: Welcome Open House informal chapter gathering to meet old and new members, get information, ideas, and news, enjoy refreshments. 2 PM tour of the museum.

September 17-23: Constitution Week. Please contact our chapter regent to see how you can get involved.

September 20-21: NJDAR Fall State Meeting, Princeton, NJ

October 2019
Family History Month

Monday, October 7, 7:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: Highlights from the 128th Continental Congress, committee sign-ups, Tell Us About Your Patriot Ancestor. Please contact our chapter regent ahead of time if you'd like to share your ancestor. 

November 2019
Native American History Month

Sunday, November 3: New Jersey Day at Valley Forge, PA

Monday, November 4, 7:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: Service and Therapy Dogs. Talk and demonstration by Terri Blair and Derry, the Moyen Poodle.

December 2019

Saturday, December 7, 12:30 PM: Holiday Luncheon. Site: Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune, NJ. Program: A Mile in Their Shoes: Historical Interpretation and Its Impact on Preserving Memory. Presenter: Colin Zimmerman, living historian and author.


February 2020
African American History Month

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: Secret Codes in Spirituals. Talk and performance by chapter member, Janet Tartaglia.

March 2020
Women's History Month

Monday, March 2, 7:00 PM: Regular meeting. Program: The History-making Women's Medical College of Philadelphia (founded 1850). Presenter: Florence Wharton, historian and author.

April 2020

April 23-25: NJDAR 2020 Awards Day and NJDAR Spring Conference. Location TBD.

Monday, April (date TBD), 7:00 PM: American History Essay Awards Ceremony followed by our regular meeting.

May 2020

Saturday, May 30: Noon. Chapter Annual Potluck Picnic at a member's house.

June 2020

June 24-28, 2020: 129th Continental Congress, Washington, D.C.

Visit the NJDAR Members website for more events!

Commemorative Events

America 250

We stand on the eve of a grand commemoration. In July 2026, the United States will mark its 250th anniversary – and DAR is preparing to celebrate in a big way!

The National Society has established the America 250! Committee to plan DAR’s involvement during our nation’s upcoming 250th birthday. Much like the Bicentennial celebration of 1976, this observance provides an exceptional opportunity for community involvement. DAR chapters will work to leave a lasting impact on their communities through meaningful local projects and events during this anniversary.

This occasion provides DAR members, as descendants of the generation that secured American independence, the remarkable opportunity to celebrate the longevity of the democratic experiment for which our ancestors fought, not even knowing if the new nation would survive. The upcoming anniversary also offers a chance to help our fellow Americans explore their family histories and discover the roles their ancestors played in founding the nation and shepherding its progress through the generations.

DAR is thrilled to be represented on the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and looks forward to working with the Commission to help plan nationwide celebrations worthy of this momentous milestone.

United States Semiquincentennial Commission

The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, established in July 2016, assumes the task of facilitating nationwide plans to observe the historic occasion. Leading up to the commemoration, this body will play a central role in shaping the anniversary narrative on a national level. Members of the group will submit recommendations for the consideration of the President and Congress, and assist with the execution of the approved itinerary.

DAR is honored that Honorary President General Lynn Forney Young, has been appointed to be a member of the Commission. Commissioner Young will bring proven leadership and planning ability to this prestigious position.

American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Trust was selected by the Department of the Interior to serve as the national nonprofit partner to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, working in tandem with the Commission to plan and coordinate America’s landmark commemoration. Throughout its 30-year history, the Trust has distinguished itself in fundraising and managing high profile commemorative events, and that expertise will be invaluable to the 250th Commemoration planning efforts.

The American Battlefield Trust seeks to preserve our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds and educate the public about what happened there and why it matters today.  They work to permanently protect these battlefields for future generations as a lasting and tangible memorial to the brave soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.

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DAR American History Essay Contest
All students in grades 5 - 8, in a public, private or parochial school, or who are home-schooled, are eligible

Please contact our chapter Regent for information.


The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.

The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.



DAR Schools

DAR Supported Schools

Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region- Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School, South Carolina.

Kate Duncan Smith (KDS), founded on Gunter Mountain by the Alabama DAR in 1924, is a day school, kindergarten through 12th grade, serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1,300 students yearly. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, and horticultural and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.

Tamasse DAR School is a private 501-(c)(3) non-profit children’s home and family service organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families with a variety of needs.  Our programs and services include seven child care homes that serve up to 8 – 10 residential children, a Middle School Academy program,  an After Care Program for reunified families and students enrolled in college or living independently, and a  Day Care Program serving infants, toddlers and after school children in the community.  Tamassee DAR School was founded by the South Carolina State Society DAR and accepted as a National Project by the National Society DAR in 1921. Since that time, thousands of children have received a loving home, an excellent education and the love of a professional caring staff. 

The following schools are on the Approved Schools list:

Berry College, Georgia, was founded in 1902 to provide high school education to rural youth and became the first approved DAR school in 1904. It was developed into a college in 1926, and today, it is one of the outstanding comprehensive colleges in the South, with fully accredited art, science and professional programs as well as specialized graduate programs in education and business administration.

Crossnore School, Inc., North Carolina, was founded in the early 1900s to give the children from the mountains and foothills of North Carolina a home while attending public schools in Avery County. The school also provides day care services for local children.

Hillside School, Inc., Massachusetts, was founded in 1901 as a rural home for boys who were orphaned or otherwise without a home or family. It now provides a structural and supportive environment for students with learning problems. Its program stresses reading, writing, math, science, literature, social studies, fine arts, and industrial arts.

Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky, was founded in 1902 to provide an educational opportunity for the youth of the mountains. Its major educational emphasis today is its work with students with dyslexic characteristics. This is the only program of its type within 200 miles.It also offers an Adult Basic Education/GED Program.

Each of these schools is given financial assistance by DAR members, including scholarships, material donations, and genuine personal interest. Over $1 million is given annually by the DAR to support these schools.

Help support these schools through the
Friends of DAR Schools Fund

The DAR, through its American Indians Committee, assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon.

Good citizenship and love of country are taught at all of these schools.



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