Bottony Cross Chapter was chartered in 1956 to a group of Daughters in Kensington, Maryland. We have celebrated our 55th year of service to our community and our country.
NSDAR refers to us as "Today's DAR". This distinguishes us from your mother's D.A.R. and your grandmother's D. A. R. More, it refers to our less formal meetings and outlook. This is the 21st century!
The chapter is named for the Croix Botonee which is a prominent part of the Maryland State Flag and comes from the quartered arms of the Calvert and Crossland families. The first Lord Baltimore was a son of Leonard Calvert and married Alicia (Crossland). The Croix is shown below in the Red and White of the Crosslands.
The phrase comes from the manner in which the terminals of the arms of a cross are in a bud or trefoil shape. Interestingly, by state law, this Cross is the only finial allowed atop a flag staff bearing the Maryland State Flag. (Article 60A, Chapter 862, Acts of 1945, Annotated Code of Maryland) In our 55+ years, we have been honored in having been able to supply the National Society DAR with an Honorary Vice President General, a Curator General, and numerous National Chairs. Additionally, our members have served the Maryland State Society in the capacities of State Regent, State Vice Regent, State Librarian, and State chairs.
Other Important Events of 1956
- "Diary of Ann Frank" won the Pulitzer Prize,
- A gallon of ESSO cost 30 cents,
- The Ed Sullivan Show was on,
- "Around the World in 80 Days" won an Oscar,
- A new FORD cost $1,877.
- Don Larsen pitched a perfect World Series game
- Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco
Meetings and ActivitiesBottony Cross accommodates retired women and full-time mothers with school-age children by continuing a tradition of mid-week luncheon meetings. Contact the VIS Chair for additional details and for an invitation to a meeting.
Parent SocietiesPlease drop by our National Society, DAR, home page.
Visit the Maryland State Society, DAR
Frequently Asked Questions
- Chapter Membership in DAR is by invitation. Please ask us.
- At-Large Membership in DAR is by application. Please ask for details.
- In either case, the prospective Daughter must submit an application form, with appropriate primary source documentation of the facts stated. The Chapter will be happy to help you determine what is needed and show you where to look.
- Costs? National Application fee ($105), the Chapter's annual dues, and any costs for documentation. After one has been accepted, annual costs are Dues (Chapter, State, and National a total of approximately $60 and the costs of whatever contributions you wish to make.
- Eligibility: Any woman, over the age of 18, who can prove/document direct LINEAL descent from anyone, male or female, who supported the cause of Liberty in any of a number of ways. The Patriot MUST be your direct ancestor, and may not be the brother or sister or uncle of your ancestor, but may be on the paternal OR maternal line. Decisions on eligibility are made by DAR National Board of Regents, not by individual Chapters.
- Many DAR Chapters give morale services to veterans in the Veterans' homes. Bottony Cross has a tradition at the Soldiers and Sailors home in Washington DC as well as strong support of Project Patriot for the wounded at Walter Reed National Medical Center. Other chapters have a Valentine's or Memorial Day, or 4th of July tradition at other centers.
- Bottony Cross, like other DAR Chapters, does NOT do lineage research until a prospective Daughter has been approved for Chapter membership.
- There are NO "Real Daughters" among the DAR members.
- The Headquarters Library is free of charge to all DAR, SAR, and C.A.R. members. Others pay $6 per day. Come visit the DAR Library's Catalog. Be sure to explore the GRS indexes! The library contains a great deal of information not available elsewhere and much of it deals with periods well after the Revolutionary period.
- Your patriot may be from any of the thirteen Original Colonies and parts of the Gulf Coast. You need not join the Chapter named for your ancestor.
Why would I want to join?
- You meet a lot of wonderful folks you might not otherwise meet.
- You have an opportunity for community service.
- You teach your children that history and family are important to you.
Speaking of Children
Any child, male or female, under the age of 22, whose parent is eligible for membership in DAR or SAR is eligible to join C.A.R.. C.A.R. provides these boys and girls the opportunity for leadership in a safe environment and frequently opens other opportunities to them. The eligible parent need NOT belong for the C.A.R. to be open to the child. Visit the N.S.C.A.R. website. Bottony Cross members have served as Senior (adult) leadership for the Ark and Dove Society, Children of the American Revolution (Ark and Dove is sponsored by the Erasmus Perry Chapter). . When male C.A.R. members reach 18, they may transfer into the Sons of the American Revolution. Check it out at their website.
Have We Convinced You?Then please contact our VIS Chairman so you may begin the paperwork.
Meet Our Patriots
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Created May 1997 by Cheryl Singhal and Margie Garey
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