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Children of the American Revolution
Children of the American Revolution ceremony in Mississippi
Children of the American Revolution ceremony in Mississippi
AbbreviationCAR / NSCAR
FormationApril 5, 1895; 127 years ago (1895-04-05)
FounderHarriett Lothrop
PurposeFamily history society, American Revolution
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States

The National Society Children of the American Revolution (NSCAR) was founded on April 5, 1895, by Harriett Lothrop. The idea was proposed on February 22, 1895, at the Fourth Continental Congress of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).[1] The organization was promptly chartered by the United States Congress, and NSCAR, is now the nation's oldest and largest, patriotic youth organization.[2] NSCAR offers membership to anyone under the age of 22 who is lineally descended from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. There are three parent organizations: DAR, Sons of the American Revolution, and Sons of the Revolution.

CAR Headquarters are housed in the DAR Constitution Hall. The National Headquarters houses a museum dedicated to NSCAR and American history, archives, a library, records, and a chapel.


Harriett Lothrop (1844-1924) was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the owner of The Wayside in Concord, Massachusetts (not to be confused with the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts). She was the author of a number of children's books and the widow of publisher Daniel Lothrop. She was a friend of Julia Ward Howe and the Alcott family.

She felt strongly that there needed to be an organization to teach children American history and patriotic values. She founded the NSCAR to accomplish these goals. Originally, all leaders in the NSCAR were adult members of DAR, but the leadership style evolved over time; now the organization is led by a National President, 13 National Officers, nine National Vice Presidents of the Regions, State Presidents, National Chairmen, and equal Seniors.


The NSCAR. has six primary objectives in its by-laws; these objectives are the foundation of the organization:[3]

  1. To acquire knowledge of American History.
  2. To preserve and restore places of Historical importance associated with men and women who forwarded American Independence.
  3. To ascertain the deeds and honor the memories of the men, women and children who rendered service to the cause of the American Revolution.
  4. To promote the celebration of patriotic anniversaries.
  5. To honor and cherish the Flag of the United States of America above every other flag.
  6. To love, uphold and extend the principles of American liberty and patriotism.


Originally, membership in the NSCAR was open to any girl, under age 18, or boy, under age 21, who was descendant from a patriot who supported the cause of American independence. Current membership requirements are as follows -

“Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-two years is eligible for membership in The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States, provided that the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society."

Members of the NSCAR are assisted and advised by adults who are known as senior leaders. Senior leaders are usually members of either the Daughters of the American Revolution which in 2021 has 185,000 members or the Sons of the American Revolution. Children learn leadership skills such as how to conduct a meeting using Robert's Rules of Order, how to hostess a formal tea party during which introductions are made and recognitions are given. For example, a formal tea party hosted on December 19, 1971 by the Alhambra San Gabriel Society of the CAR was covered in the News-Herald and Journal Green Sheet on December 19, 1971 featuring Mrs. Alvin Willard Kirkham, a member of the DAR and her grand daughter, Karen Earle Lile who at the age of 12 was noted in the paper as one of the officiators and hostesses, acting in the role of Vice-President of the CAR chapter alongside President Richard Norman Boehle.[4] By 2021, there have been hundred’s of thousand’s of members of NSCAR and this newspaper example is only one of thousands covering similar local events in the local newspapers all across the United States.

The NSCAR is an approved organization listed within the Hereditary Society Community of the United States of America.


I believe in the Children of the American Revolution as an organization for the training of young people in true patriotism and love of country, in order that they shall be better fitted for American citizenship. As a descendant of the Founders of my Country, I believe that my birthright brings a responsibility to carry on their work, and that as the boys and girls of 1776 took an active part in the War for Independence, so the boys and girls of today have a definite work to do for their Country. As a member of the Children of the American Revolution, I believe it is my duty to use my influence to create a deeper love of country, a loyal respect for its Constitution and a reverence for its Flag, among the young people with whom I come in contact.

Notable members[edit]

National Presidents[edit]

Year National President Theme/Project
1939-1941 Lyons M. Howland*
1941-1943 William S. Berner* FIRST C.A.R. NATIONAL PROJECT
1943-1945 Robert R. Simpson*
1945-1947 Virginia S. Vader* Playgrounds at Tamassee and Kate Duncan Smith D.A.R. Schools
1947-1949 Patricia E. McCaughey* Permanent Honor Roll at Patriots Transept of the National Cathedral
1949-1950 Edward B. Dake*
1950-1951 Daniel S. Pope* Piano for Tamassee D.A.R. School
1951-1952 Caroline T. Brown*
1952-1953 Robert A. Watson* Support for Tamassee, Kate Duncan Smith, and Crossnore D.A.R. Schools
1953-1954 Cornelia B. Cabral* A Tractor for Bacone Indian College
1954-1955 Laurence A. Stith Jr.* For the Mountain Schools
1955-1956 Lillian D. Weller* Again for the Mountain Schools
1956-1957 Robert C. Barr* SERVICE- Service to God, Our Country, Our Homes, and Fellowman
1957-1958 Dorothy J. Buckton* St. Mary's Indian School for Girls
1958-1959 David H. Kemker Jr. LEADERSHIP
1959-1960 Linda T. Lange ACTION
1960-1961 Thomas E. Senf INTEREST
1961-1962 Elizabeth P. Bennett A Goal; June-Purpose; September-Aim; December-Strive; March-Success
1962-1963 James A. Adkinson Jr. AWARENESS- Past, Present, and Future
1964-1965 Van Rensselaer H. Sternbergh FREEDOM'S CHALLENGE
1965-1966 Susan H. Lewis Increase Endowment Fund
1966-1967 David L. Cherney THIS IS MY COUNTRY
1968-1969 Thomas W. Scott Historic Marker at U.S. Observation Point El Camino Real
1969-1970 Sharon K. Krueger RESOLVE, PLAN, AND PREFORM
1970-1971 Lance D. Ehmcke SPIRIT OF '76- TAKE PRIDE IN AMERICA
1971-1972 Jane-Elizabeth Hardy Government of the People- Strive to Keep it Great
1972-1973 Philip F. Horne Know Your America- The Key to Your Future
1973-1974 Margaret A. Coffroth Today's Work- Tomorrow's Future
1974-1975 Rodney H.C. Schmidt Your Government-Your Responsibility
1975-1976 Michelle B. Loughery The Time Is Now
1976-1977 Stephen S. Miller Emphasis on Membership and Magazine
1977-1978 Holly J. Humphrey THIS LAND-YOUR LAND
1978-1979 William H. Rardin III A Past To Remember- A Future to Mold
1979-1980 Charla A. Borchers CARing for America
1980-1981 Bradley A. Bartol Believing in U.S.
1982-1983 Gregory K. Barnett PATRIOTIC MAINTENANCE: Founded in the Past! Building in the Present! Insuring the Future!
1983-1984 Katherine G. Kennedy GROWING TOWARD THE FUTURE
1984-1985 Samuel W. Huddleston II KEY TO THE FUTURE
1985-1986 Marie E. Perkins AIM FOR ACHIEVEMENT
1986-1987 Eric D. Radwick MAKE IT HAPPEN
1987-1988 Lori L. Brugier C.A.R.- THE HEART OF AMERICA
1988-1989 Donald J.E. Molloy WAKE UP AMERICA- TIME FOR C.A.R.
1990-1991 G. Taylor Davis GROWING STRONG IN C.A.R.
1991-1992 Heather L. Stevens OLD GLORY, NEW PRIDE
1992-1993 Robert D. Warren EXPLORE AMERICA with C.A.R.
1993-1994 Elizabeth A. Lee C.A.R.: The Great Adventure
1994-1995 David A. Smith FOR PATRIOTS' DREAMS
1995-1996 Laura J. Jarrell THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY
1996-1997 David A. Campaigne Soar To the Summit
1997-1998 Marion Smith A Time To Act
1998-1999 Thomas W. Taylor Restore America
1999-2000 Victoria Spence Light The Future
2000-2001 Rian Sweeney The Spirit of America
2001-2002 Sarah Reidy Discover America's Treasures
2002-2003 David J. Sweeney Celebrate Freedom
2003-2004 Melissa Olde A Patriot's Legacy
2004-2005 Patrick J. Reidy Retracing Our Footsteps
2005-2006 Rebecca S. Grawl Honor the Defenders of Freedom
2006-2007 Robert A. Fritsch Pursuing American Victory
2007-2008 Katie Marie Stanley Leading the American Adventure
2008-2009 Kevin S. Baker Ensuring American Patriotism
2009-2010 Emily Falkenstein Reflections of Independence
2010-2011 Benjamin Hinckley Magnificent Valor
2011-2012 Mary Lib Schmidt Living the American Dream
2012-2013 Greg Thorne Saratoga: the Turning Point
2013-2014 Caitlin Collins Pursuit of Happiness
2014-2015 Betsy Ehmcke O! Say Can you See
2015-2016 Erin F. Jackson Road to Independence
2016-2017 Connor L. Jackson Freedom's Thunder
2017-2018 Erin C. Moore Browsing History
2018-2019 David A. Graham America's Lasting Legacy
2019-2020 Mackie Storage Foundations of Freedom
2020-2021 Liza Fridenmaker Support Our Brave and Noble Patriots
2021-2022 Jacob Shadinger Keeping Everyone On The Move
* = Served as Junior National President

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Revolution., National Society of the Children of the American (1997-01-01). Centennial plus one : the centennial history of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, 1895-1996. C.A.R. Press. ISBN 0966166809. OCLC 38887624.
  2. ^ Inc., Advanced Solutions International. "About N.S.C.A.R". www.nscar.org. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  3. ^ Children of the American "Revolution. Son's of the American Revolution RSS. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "C.A.R Meets in Yuletide Background: President Richard Norman Boehle, Vice President Karen Eileen Lile". Newspaper. The News Herald & Journal. The Sentinel, Bulletin News, Star Review Greensheet. 19 Dec 1971.

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