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Preserving our past for the future

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What is Adopt-an-Object?

The DAR Museum’s Adopt-an-Object program gives you the opportunity to participate in continuing the NSDAR charter mission “to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence…by the preservation of…relics.” Since the inception of the Adopt-an-Object program in 1991, DAR members have been responsible for the conservation of hundreds of objects in the DAR Museum’s collection. Participation in this program ensures the preservation of our collection so future generations will continue to enjoy, study, and learn from these objects.

Throughout the year, the Museum staff determines the conservation needs of the collection, selects specific objects that are in need of treatment, and secures estimates from skilled conservators. Information about the objects, the type of work, and the cost of conservation are compiled into the Adopt-an-Object list.

Why do objects need conservation? 

Conservation of a museum object is intended neither to restore it to its original condition, nor to make it usable; rather, conservation stabilizes and preserves the object.

Who adopts objects? 

Individuals, groups, chapters, or states may “adopt” an object, or objects, of their choice by contributing the funds necessary for its conservation. Objects may be adopted in honor or memory of a loved one, ancestors, DAR members, or chapters. Your adoption is recorded and recognized in the National Board of Management Minutes.

How can I participate? 

Review the current Adopt-an-Object list. The list is arranged by price to assist you in selecting an object that fits your budget. If you are raising funds in your state or chapter for a particular object, please send a single donation for the total conservation price. Use the NSDAR Donations and Contributions Form and send your donation to the Office of Development. Under the “Special note (optional)” line on the first page of the form, please write the name of the object and the catalogue number (in parenthesis). Once the money is received, the Museum Staff will coordinate with the appropriate conservator to have the work completed.  Be sure to check with the Museum Office regarding your object as objects often are adopted quickly! Call (202) 879-3241 or email


*Remember, any undesignated donation of $100 or more also makes you eligible to purchase the Adopt-an-Object pin!*