Welcome!  So glad you found us!

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has over 175,000 members and 3,000 chapters. It has a Genealogical Research System (GRS) that offers free online databases. No membership is needed to access our records.

Each member of DAR is called a daughter. Daughters support the Constitution of the United States of America, respect our flag, and work to preserve American History.  We recognize our veterans and help make our community a better place to live.  We are dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the children in our community.

Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter’s Registrar Dale Jacobi will help you research direct ancestral lines to Revolutionary War Patriots. Accepted DAR documentation is required. Your ancestor doesn’t have to have been a soldier; perhaps he supported the troops with money, material goods, or was a refugee.

Meetings are held September through June. We like to visit local historical landmarks that help us learn more about Long Island’s importance in the fight for freedom during the Revolution and about the men and women who fought for the cause. We also enjoy eating together! In the summer we have a Pantry Picnic at the Swezey-Avey House on the Lake and collect non-perishable items for The Veteran’s Place Food Pantry in Yaphank.

All of us work together on projects throughout the year. Our “Colonial Ladies” participate in local historical events at Longwood Estate, Ketcham Inn, and the Yaphank Farm. There are many opportunities for you to share your gifts: crafting, cooking, writing, and painting.  We use our talents to raise funds that support veteran and community outreach. Our adopted deployed troops receive care packages. We also provide scholarships for local high school graduates. This year we will give an additional scholarship to the child of a Veteran or Active Service Member.

Our children’s group is the Captain Austin Roe Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.). They participate in meetings as pages in training, collect items for the troops, help out at the Pantry Picnic, march in parades, and more! It’s wonderful working together with such a diverse group. 

Please take the next step and contact us. Together we can light the way for the next generation!

In D.A.R. Friendship,

Dr. Joan Graham Nathan, Regent

Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter is proud to share that the 2018 New York
State Outstanding Junior is our Chaplain, Heidi Nathan-Barry.
NYDAR Regent Nancy Zwetch spoke at our chapter meeting on April 8, 2017

Our "Colonial Ladies" at Ketcham Inn, September 17, 2017

We celebrated the holidays at Longwood Estate on December 16, 2017

Our 2016 - 2018 chapter board was installed at our May 14th, 2016, meeting