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April 5, 2007 Bren Landon
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New Book Captures the Compelling Story of Today's DAR
 

New Book Captures the Compelling Story of Today’s DAR
American Treasure: The Enduring Spirit of the DAR by Diana L. Bailey

WASHINGTON, DC – The remarkable artifacts just now being uncovered at Jamestown in time for the 400th anniversary celebration of the first permanent English settlement could have been lost forever without intervention by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  Valley Forge nearly became the site for private development until the DAR championed its preservation.  The Daughters pioneered occupational therapy for thousands of immigrants on Ellis Island and to this day assist those preparing to become new American citizens. The DAR contributes more than a million dollars in scholarships each year to deserving students across the country and supports six schools founded to provide educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to the populations they serve.  Members also provide basic comfort items, such as clothes and toiletries, to soldiers wounded in Iraq.

These and so many more stories unfold in the pages of American Treasure: The Enduring Spirit of the DAR, by Diana L. Bailey, the latest in the “Portrait of America” series published by The Donning Company Publishers of Virginia Beach, Virginia. This stunning 9” x 12” hardbound book features the unique and compelling story of the Daughters and their Society, celebrating the contemporary work of the Society, while also detailing the fascinating history of the organization.  American Treasure, set for release in late spring, provides an intimate look at the National Society Daughters of the Revolution and the ongoing work of its more than 168,000 current members.

Author Diana Bailey tells the remarkable story of this more than a century-old organization that has grown and changed with the times. Through 304 pages of compelling text and more than 400 remarkable photographs, many never before published, the story of what it means to be a Daughter in the twenty-first century comes alive for readers of all ages.  With a strong focus on membership, the book features all of the DAR State Societies, and more than 150 local DAR chapters, and includes images of more than 1,700 members. It also features never before told stories of people, artifacts and places in American history. American Treasure is not only a valuable resource for anyone interested in the past, present and future of the DAR but also a stunning keepsake to treasure for years to come.
 
American Treasure: The Enduring Spirit of the DAR will be available in June 2007. Purchase your copy at the advance discount price of $35.00 (plus shipping and handling). Order early to ensure that your limited-edition copies are reserved. The pre-sale discount runs through July 1, 2007, and the remaining books will then be available for $50.00 (the special member price is $40.00). For more information or to place an order, please contact The DAR Store at 1-888-673-2732 or visit www.dar.org/darstore. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this limited-edition portrait of this enduring organization. Order your copy today!

Book Specifications:  9” x 12”, hardcover, limited edition, 304 pages and more than 400 photographs
 
For more information on the book, visit www.dar.org/americantreasure.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 168,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation’s premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington, D.C.’s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.dar.org. 

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