About Us




The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women's service organization, comprising 3,000 chapters and over 185,000 members.


Governor William Paca Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on September 3, 1916, and chartered on December 20, 1917. We are the eleventh oldest chapter in the State of Maryland. The chapter's namesake, William Paca, was born in 1740 near Abingdon, in Harford County, Maryland. Paca was a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses of 1774 and 1775; he signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. During the Revolutionary War, he spent his own money to provision Maryland troops. William Paca served as the Governor of Maryland from 1782 until 1785. In 1788, at the Maryland Convention, Paca helped to ratify the Constitution of the United States; in 1789, President George Washington appointed him as a federal district judge, where he served until his death in 1799. William Paca was married to Mary Chew, a "wealthy beauty" from Annapolis, Maryland. Mary Chew died in 1774; three years later, he married Ann Harrison, a Philadelphia heiress, who died in 1780.


Membership: The Governor William Paca Chapter is 75 members strong and growing! Any woman is eligible for membership in DAR who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.

What We Do: The DAR is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Nationally, DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.


Some of our chapter's most recent accomplishments include:

  • In 2016, celebrated a milestone 100 years of service to the town of Bel Air and Harford County
  • 2,000+ hours of community service performed by chapter members in 2016
  • 14 care packages valued at $725 sent to active duty service men and women through NSDAR Project Patriot since 2014
  • Participated in NSDAR Guinness Book of World Records Challenge and submitted 48 letters
  • $1,000 per year awarded to Harford County high school students in the form of the DAR Good Citizen Scholarship
  • Collected "Box Tops for Education" in support of DAR schools
  • Staffed an information table at the 2017 Genealogical Conference hosted by the Bel Air Public Library
  • Awarded second place in the floats division of the Bel Air 4th of July Parade in 2017
  • Contributed towards the purchase of wreaths and honored our veterans at Wreaths Across America 2017
  • Awarded first place in the floats division of the Bel Air 4th of July Parade in 2018


We would love to talk to you about becoming a member of the National Society.