About Us

California DAR volunteering

Welcome to the website of the Fresno-Yosemite Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The Fresno Chapter was organized in Fresno, California, on March 23, 1922, with twenty-two members. The organizational meeting of the Yosemite Chapter was held in Clovis, California, on September 25, 1969, with twenty-six members. On December 8, 2007, these two chapters merged to become the Fresno-Yosemite Chapter.

Our chapter's members range in age from the 20s to the 90s, and are dedicated to supporting our national, state, and community projects. Locally, these projects include providing student scholarships, and assisting veterans in our local Veterans Administration Hospital through work at the hospital and donations of personal and comfort items.

The Fresno-Yosemite Chapter is located in the central valley agricultural area of California, between Los Angeles and Sacramento.  Fresno is home to many cultures, faiths, and interests. Several universities also call Fresno home, including Fresno Pacific University, Fresno City College, and California State University, Fresno.

Nearby is the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, home to three prestigious National Parks: Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park.  If you prefer the ocean, Pismo Beach, Santa Cruz, and Monterey are only two to three hours west of Fresno by car.

If your idea of beautiful scenery runs more to forests of genealogy books instead of trees, then the Fresno County Public Library is the place for you to visit.  The San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center at the Central branch of the library has many thousands of volumes and also includes the extensive book collection of the Fresno County Genealogical Society and is now the home of many books from the former California State DAR Library.  Check the Fresno County Library's Catalogue which includes the holdings of libraries throughout most of DAR District V.  Be sure to explore these websites or come to the library in person for help with your research.

You can find more information about Fresno County and the surrounding area on the Fresno County website or on Wikipedia's Information about Fresno County.