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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Founders of the DAR
Sculptor: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Location: White House
( C Street & 18th )
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a social organization whose membership consists of women who can trace their ancestry back to individuals who were active in the fight for American Independence. Their headquarters is located at 1776 C Street, in the DAR Continental Hall building. This building includes a number of rooms furnished with period furniture, a doll museum, and a genealogical library. The library was used by Alex Haley while he was writing his book, "Roots".
The DAR also owns Constitution Hall, a 4,000 seat auditorium on 18th Street, designed by John Russell Pope. Constitution Hall was built to house the annual meeting of the DAR, their "Congress". Betweentimes, it is rented out to other organizatons and has been used for the filming of "Jeopardy" and "Wheel Of Fortune".
The memorial is located between the two halls and honors the four women who founded the DAR in 1890. The sculptor was herself a member of the DAR.
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