Who Was Theodosia Burr?
Our Myrtle Beach chapter is named after Theodosia Burr Alston, a cultured and beautiful young woman born in 1783 to Theodosia Bartow (Prevost) Burr and Aaron Burr, Vice President of the United States, in Albany, New York. She later became the wife of South Carolina Governor, Joseph Alston.
On October 11, 1890, eighteen women and four men met in Washington to organize the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) had recently been founded in New York City on April 30, 1889 but excluded women. Mary Smith Lockwood demonstrated convincingly that women had contributed much to the Revolutionary cause, previously overlooked and ignored. She asked, “Were there no mothers of the Revolution?”
William O. McDowell, Vice President General of SAR urged women to organize and offered his assistance. Six women soon replied, including Miss Mary Desha who wrote, “I am good for any amount of work.”
Eighteen women attended the first organizing meeting held on October 11, 1890 at the Strathmore Arms boarding house, the home of Mrs. Lockwood. These include the organization’s founders: Mrs. Lockwood, Miss Desha, Miss Eugenia Washington, and Mrs. Ellen Hardin Walworth. Four men also attended the meeting and formed the first Advisory Board to the NSDAR.
The women adopted a tentative constitution, discussed the scheduling of annual meetings, and decided that October 11 would be the permanent anniversary of the society. Their first resolution pledged support toward completing the memorial monument to Mary Washington, mother of George Washington. This was the first meeting, which laid the groundwork for a long tradition of patriotic service to the nation.
Constitution Hall was built in 1929 and is the only building in the nation named after our Constition. Designed by John Russell Pope, the Hall is home to the exciting DAR Continental Congress, which takes place each Summer.
Since 1930, members of the DAR have come to Constitution Hall to conduct business and elect new officers during their annual convention.
Over the years, Constitution Hall has hosted many popular performers and speakers.
In 1985, the Department of the Interior designated the building a National Historic Landmark due to its national recognition as a center for the performing arts.
With a seating capacity of 3,702, DAR Constitution Hall is the largest concert hall in Washington, D.C. It hosts a variety of events including concerts, speakers, films, graduations, corporate events, award ceremonies, television productions and gala dinners.