Shelter Island, New York

Welcome to the website of the Shelter Island Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR).

The DAR is a non-profit volunteer organization, founded in 1890, that emphasizes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Today there are 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters all over the world. The DAR welcomes all women who can prove direct lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution. Please visit the national website for more information about DAR.


Our chapter was founded in 1968 by seventeen women and has 32 members as of 2017. We range in age from twenty to ninety, and many of our members work full time. Although we do have fun social events with interesting speakers and great food, we are dedicated to the DAR principals of good citizenship.

For historic preservation duties, we have an ongoing project to preserve a local cemetery where many veterans of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, both World Wars, and the Korean War are buried.

Our chapter is a strong believer in education. We support the DAR schools and have tutorials with our school children. Each year we award a DAR Good Citizens Scholarship to a graduating senior. As for patriotism, we march strong as a group each year in the Memorial Day Parade. We also help the other Long Island chapters with gifts to our active service members and to our veterans.

We are extremely proud of one of our members, Amanda Clark, who represented our country in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, competing in the sailing events. Amanda dedicated most of her childhood and early adulthood to sailing, all the while maintaining high marks in her schooling. At age 12, she started sailing on an international level, representing the United States. Her proudest moments were meeting Presidents Bush and Obama.

Most of our members live on Shelter Island, but one does not have to live here to be a member. In fact, several members now live afar, providing support through their dues and occasional visits. One does not have to have a patriot who was originally from Shelter Island to be a member of our chapter.

We welcome anyone who meets DAR membership criteria to join our group. If you need help with your DAR application, we have members who are skilled in the process. While applying to the DAR, you are welcome to attend a few of our meetings to learn more about what we do.

We hope to hear from you soon.



Ellen H. Clark, regent

Photo credits: Top banner by Ellen Clark, Karen Kaier, Joy Bausman; Amanda Clark with President Obama by Sarah Lihan; flag raising and parade photos by Ellen Clark