The Rochambeau Chapter is a not-for-profit, affiliated association of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), which was established in the United States, in 1890, by the women who were the direct descendants of those who fought for American independence.
The chapter, founded in Paris on March 20, 1934, was formally registered as an affiliated member of the NSDAR on April 14, 1934.
The inaugural meeting was held on November 14, 1934, in Saint Cloud, outside of Paris, in the presence of General Pershing; the Duc de Broglie, President of the Cincinnati Society in France; and several representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution.
In France, the Rochambeau Chapter is registered under the 1901 law governing non-profit associations.
Since many French citizens took part in the fight for Independence in the Eighteenth Century, the Rochambeau Chapter is indeed a truly bi-cultural DAR chapter; about two-thirds of its members have a French Patriot ancestor – including such well-known figures as La Fayette or Rochambeau. Because those Patriots fought alongside American Patriots for the independence of the United States, the Rochambeau Chapter members, both French and American, and often French-American, share a same interest in the United States and its ties of friendship with France, from the War of Independence to the present day.
The alphabetical list of the names of the “patriot” ancestors of the active members of the Rochambeau Chapter, as of July 1, 2013, is attached for information. (download)
The Rochambeau Chapter pursues the objectives of the NSDAR, notably in the fields of history, patriotism and education:
to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, by the acquisition, erection, and protection of historical markers and monuments; by encouragement of historical research in relation to the American Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics, and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots; and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries;
to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, “to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge.”
while also nurturing French-American friendship thorugh daily cultural exchanges.